Huawei’s wearables are destroying the market right now. Various Huawei models appear in a variety of buying guides, including the best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and more.
However, the Huawei Watch GT 3 offers more than simply a new running mode. It’s a well-rounded smartwatch that tracks all of your health information so you can learn more about what’s going on inside your body. It also appears to be as high-end as ever.
Continue reading to learn how the Huawei Watch GT 3 fared in various tests and whether you should buy one for yourself.
Pricing and Availability:
The Classic Edition of the Watch GT 3 46mm costs S$348, while the Active Edition costs S$298. The 42mm Elegant Edition costs S$348, while the Active Edition (available only on Lazada and Shopee) costs S$298. Yes, the costs are the same for both 42mm and 46mm. The Watch GT Runner costs S$398 in Singapore.
From December 18th, 2021, the watches are available at all Huawei Authorized Stores, official Lazada and Shopee stores, and select consumer electronics stores such as Best Denki, Courts, Challenger, Gain City, Harvey Norman, and Sprint-Cass Online in Singapore.
|Released Date||2021, November 11|
|Display Size||1.43 Inches|
|Memory||32 MB RAM|
|Colors||Black, Steel Gold|
Design, Display and Build Quality:
When we tested this, we found that the Watch GT 3’s entirely round AMOLED display is one of the best smartwatch screens available right now. It simply looks good all of the time thanks to its amazing sharpness, color, and brightness. The contrast is very great, so you can read it well in almost any situation.
While the refresh rate isn’t the fastest or smoothest, it isn’t as bad as it was on older GT versions. The animations are generally smooth in this game.
The 46 mm version we tested weighs around 56 grams, which isn’t too bad, but not as light as other running watches. To summarize, the Huawei Watch GT 3 is not only not hefty, but also not the lightest.
The Watch GT 3 includes a brown leather band and a stainless-steel case with a plastic back. There are also additional strap options, such as the fluor elastomer strap, which we would recommend if you plan on running with the Watch GT 3.
The leather strap isn’t bad, but it’s not the most durable material for sports. On the wrist, fluor elastomer seems premium enough without the drawbacks of actual later wear (e.g., sweat stains).
The 1.43-inch AMOLED display is really pleasing to the eye. The screen on the Watch GT 3 is bright, detailed, and responsive to touch. The new HarmonyOS offers a pleasant user experience, and we applaud Huawei’s designers and developers.
On the side of the case, there are two buttons: a push button and a watch crown. A common pet gripe is watch crowns that don’t work; several brands add phony watch crowns that just function as push buttons on their watches, but we’re delighted to report that the crown on the Watch GT 3 is totally functioning!
Health and Fitness tracking:
If the Huawei Watch series excels in one area, it’s fitness and exercise tracking. Not only because of the watch’s hardware capabilities, but also because of Huawei Health’s and its offers’ adaptability. However, while Huawei’s watch has over 100 fitness modes, it’s the runners who will benefit the most from it.
Runners in the GT 3 have other benefits as well. The Huawei ‘Running Ability Index,’ which takes your data – such as distance, heart rate, effort, and pace – and assesses how strong of a runner you are, then provides you something practical to utilize as a tool for improvement, is brand new for 2021. If you’re unsure how to improve, Huawei Health offers training schedules for lengths ranging from 5 kilometers to a marathon
Upon testing we found that although the Huawei Watch GT 3 lacks an ECG function, it does track today’s common heart rate and blood oxygen levels (SpO2). It can also track 24 hours a day, seven days a week if required. On the underside, an optical sensor with eight circularly organized photo diodes and two light sources, as well as a curved glass lens, is employed. The tracked data can be seen in detail and synchronized with Apple Health and Google Fit through the Huawei Health app on the smartphone.
The smartwatch also provides information on stress levels, sleep quality, and the menstrual cycle. The Huawei Watch GT 3 also contains an integrated altitude barometer for measuring atmospheric pressure and can measure skin temperature. It also gives weather forecasts.
Our tests show that you can track your own sleep if you wear the Huawei smartwatch at night. The watch detects this automatically, thus no extra software or mode is required.
In the morning, the length of sleep is presented. Only the Huawei Health app on the smartphone provides a detailed but not very clear assessment of sleep phases and quality. It would be wonderful to have a few more details right on the wearable, which would eliminate the need to use the smartphone app.
Heart rate, Heart Rhythm, and Blood Oxygen saturation:
In our test, there were no variations in resting heart rate. As a result, the heart rate sensor on the Huawei Watch GT 3 is extremely accurate.
Depending on the setup, blood oxygen saturation is reliably checked on command or continually. The latter produces a day-to-day progression curve that is comparable to the pulse. There isn’t a way to export your data.
Even with higher swings in heart rate, the sensor responds swiftly and correctly.
Performance and Battery Life:
On testing the product, we concluded that the processor is an undisclosed ARM Cortex-M with 32 MB of primary memory and 4 GB of mass storage. While the software on the predecessor, the Huawei Watch GT 2, with LiteOS, had certain flaws, the loaded HarmonyOS 2.1 on the new Watch GT 3 functions well and without problems. The watch responds to inputs rapidly, and apps load quickly. In the test, only the display activation when turning the wrist did not always work correctly. Unfortunately, there are no benchmarks for HarmonyOS.
For the bigger variant, Huawei claims a battery life of up to 14 days. While these product promises are sometimes overdone and only accomplished with modest use, the Huawei Watch GT 3 truly impresses in practice with long battery life. With low to moderate use, the battery can last up to 10 days without needing to be recharged.
The battery’s endurance, on the other hand, is always dependent on how much it is used. Users who constantly monitor their health data, track one or more sports sessions, as well as their sleep, and use the always-on display option should expect to charge their device every three to five days. These are good run times when compared to many other smartwatches, especially those running Wear OS. Another advantage is that the charging period, which can be up to an hour, is reasonable.
GPS and Navigation:
To track distances travelled, the Huawei Watch GT 3 uses GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS. In the test, it took roughly 20 seconds to establish the connection.
When compared to a Garmin Venu 2, there are various differences in the distance covered; there is a 1 percent difference. Although there is no navigation program preinstalled, there is a return navigation app. Select navigation programs, such as Petal Maps, can, however, be downloaded from the AppGallery. Huawei Health also allows you to export your tracking data as a GPX file.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 is an excellent choice for individuals looking for a smartwatch that is primarily used to track health and fitness.
The GT 3 is a highly enticing proposition, with the promise of epic battery life. But, because it runs Huawei’s software rather than Wear OS, does it lose certain potential features that keep it from being perfect?
- Long battery life
- Great display
- Stunning watch design
- Fitness tracking capabilities are excellent
- No decent third-party apps
- No contactless payments
- No Spotify/music streaming
The new GT smartwatch has several highs and lows. Although the pricing appears to be reasonable at first glance, it comes with a number of trade-offs. There is no LTE option, and Huawei’s tracking features are inferior to those of several rival smartwatches. Furthermore, the variety of functions can only be limited by the Huawei Store’s apps.
The latest smartwatch model’s battery life is very impressive. The advertised two weeks, on the other hand, only apply to the larger model. The smaller version lasts “only” seven days, yet it is still a good amount of time. Huawei deserves another round of applause for the excellent build quality and user-friendly operating system that results from the 3D crown’s interplay with the intuitive HarmonyOS.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 is a good option for individuals who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a smartwatch. The price is reasonable for a high-end smartwatch with a comprehensive feature set.