Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro review: the true definition of luxury, but with a few limitations

How would you most quickly describe the new Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro smartwatch? Definitely luxurious, premium, responsive and of course smart, but a watch plagued by certain program constraints and unfulfilled promises.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is a mix of the Chinese company’s biggest hits. It is the answer to a missing link in the Huawei Watch GT series of smartwatches, where aesthetics have not always been their strongest point. The new member has borrowed a lot of design elements from its predecessor, the Watch GT 2 Pro, and is also equipped with smart features that thrilled us in the Watch GT Runner designed for athletes.

So what’s new at this watch? Is the luxurious feel and look enough to convince many users to buy a new smartwatch? Is the smartwatch also friendly to users who do not currently use a Huawei smartphone? All this and more below.

AdvantagesWeaknesses
👍 Premium look and materials Full potential only in conjunction with Huawei phones
👍 Responsive user interface ECG function is currently not available
👍 Long battery lifeLimited program choice
👍 Reliable GPS and extensive sports featuresPremium price

Price and versions

  • Watch GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition (46 mm): € 399 (leather strap), € 499 (titanium strap)
  • Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic Edition (42 mm): € 449 (leather strap), € 549 (ceramic strap)

The versions differ in the materials selected, the screen size and the battery capacity.

In the editorial office, we had the opportunity to try out the Titanium version with a titanium strap, which, due to its size, is intended primarily for male target audiences.

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro: design and build quality

Let’s focus on luxury first. The watch is stunning at first glance. The titanium case and strap scream out loud that it’s not a boring smartwatch. If you are a little less fashion-oriented like me, the GT 3 Pro smartwatch will definitely raise the level of your elegance.

The titanium housing, however, hides another welcome surprise. Huawei made the dial from the second hardest material on Earth – sapphire. This means that you will have to work hard or intentionally cause damage if you want to ruin the appearance of the new Huawei smartwatch. In addition to sapphire and titanium, the smartwatch also contains ceramics, which are located entirely on the back. The advantage of ceramics is that the watch provides greater comfort, and the material itself stays cool even when you test your body to the limit.

Due to the choice of titanium as the main material, the watch is light (97 g with straps and 54 g without), and it is more than obvious that the watch also worked on its physical fitness. Namely, it lost a few millimeters around the “waist” compared to its predecessors.

Although the ceramics are pleasant on the skin and the watch is not overly heavy, the level of comfort still varies depending on the chosen activity. With everyday wear, the watch is comfortable and almost imperceptible. For more sporty feats, however, comfort is only average. During physical activities, we are aware that we wear a watch on our wrist, which can be annoying during longer workouts. A titanium strap, although beautiful and elegant, would most likely be mistaken for leather or silicone for exercise. The strap can also be annoying for more hairy hands. Several times it happened to us that we had to rescue an escaped hair from the “jaw” of the strap.

At night, the smartwatch did not bother us, even in the morning we did not feel any discomfort on the wrist. You can adjust the length of the strap, but you may have a bit more trouble on first try, especially users who have never changed the strap before.

On the front is a sharp, bright and colorful 1.43-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels. The screen is responsive (even in contact with water), bright enough even in stronger light conditions, and the sapphire finish ensured that we remained calm in case of accidental contact with other surfaces.

The rotating crown, which can be used to navigate menus and functions, is also made of titanium. A dedicated button under the crown takes you to sporty features by default, and you can adjust the shortcut in the settings. Under the button there is also a sensor for the needs of the ECG function (more on this below).

Sensors and sports functions

We came up with Pro features, of which there are quite a few, but many of them are only copied from previous Huawei watches.

The biggest change comes from the heart rate sensor, which has been upgraded to eight photoelectric sensors and uses the upgraded TruSeen 5.0+ system with improved heart rate monitoring. Users of the Huawei Watch GT Runner are already familiar with this system, and we have seen for ourselves that it is a smart and accurate system. Similar to its sporting predecessor, the Watch GT 3 Pro uses the same built-in AI software to help eliminate heart rate disturbances during more strenuous tasks.

It also shares more than 100 sports functions with its predecessors, or simply put, it has a built-in function for almost every sport in the world. You can set automatic activity recognition, which is not perfect. Huawei watch had no problems recognizing running, walking, swimming. However, during the romantic rowing on Lake Bled, we did not receive any information about our activity. This is not a big drawback, as manually adjusting your workout only takes a few seconds.

Two new modes of exercise have been added: golf and free diving up to 30 meters. In golf, according to the Chinese manufacturer, the smartwatch measures your swing, while in diving mode it measures your speed, depth and duration of diving. The watch will also alert you if you dive too long or too deep. There is also an Apnea training method that records your heart rate, duration of respiratory arrest and initial contraction time of the diaphragm.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro also received some exclusive dials that change dynamically according to the time of day. From the Huawei GT Runner smartwatch, it has also borrowed dual-band, five-system GPS for accurate location. Through the GPS system, you also have the “Go back” function, which allows you to follow your footsteps to the starting location. Bluetooth dialing, music playback, IP68 and 5ATM water resistance are also available.

As said, the Watch GT 3 Pro borrows its best features from its predecessors. What’s new on it besides new sports features and improved sensors? What is supposed to make this watch really “Pro” is the ECG function, which will not be available to consumers for at least some time when buying a smartwatch. Huawei is still awaiting approval from health regulators for use in the European market. The feature is available in the Chinese market and also for testing purposes, Huawei has provided us with this feature.

The ECG function is activated on the Health application, through which you have access to all health data. After switching on, place your finger on the dedicated button under which the sensor is hidden. The measurement takes 20 seconds and in all probability you will need a few attempts before you get a satisfactory result. The sensor is very sensitive and any movement means you will have to repeat the measurement. Eventually, you will get your ECG curve in the Health app. It should be noted that the data cannot be compared with an ECG performed by a doctor. Once the feature is available (most likely in a few months), it can serve as just a basic insight and not as a diagnostic tool.

How accurate is it in measurements?

As with its predecessors, there are more than a hundred different activities available. With the GT Runner smartwatch, it shares a way to track activities that have previously proven to be reliable. Getting a GPS signal is fast and accurate, the same goes for counting steps. The large screen is an advantage, as it makes it easier to track your progress during the workout itself.

After the workout, as usual, only some data is available on the watch, and you will need to open the Health app on your phone for a complete breakdown. The abundance of sensors means that you will be able to view graphs, your heart rate curves, calories burned, stress, skin temperature, Sp02 level and more in the app. At night, a smartwatch will monitor your sleep cycles, and in the morning you will be able to review over coffee how and how much you actually slept at night.

Software restrictions

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro runs on HarmonyOS, which is a responsive interface with a clear layout and smooth animations and transitions. The watch is also compatible with Huawei, Android and iOS devices. Although Huawei has significantly improved its software functionality over the years, the new smartwatch still faces some limitations. Replying to SMS messages is still limited to selected replies. NFC technology is on, but (for now) non-functional, which means you won’t be paying for croissants and coffee for at least some time with this smartwatch. Huawei App Gallery has the ability to install third-party applications, which are not numerous, and their contribution to greater functionality of the smartwatch is questionable.

Battery

Huawei smartwatches are famous for their longevity. Despite the larger screen and additional features, Huawei has estimated the battery life at 14 days (7 days for the ceramic version). During our test, the watch lasted about 9 days, but we had all the functions available to us turned on, which is still a remarkable achievement.

Final opinion

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is an exceptional smartwatch. The design impresses with the selection of the best materials, which at the same time affects the durability of the watch. The clock shines in many areas: sensors or measurements are accurate, a lot of data is available to monitor health after exercise, life is excellent, and the AMOLED screen is colorful and responsive.

Our only comment is the high price and rather reduced program choice, including the currently non-functioning ECG, which can become a great asset when Huawei gets all the necessary permits.


Source: Računalništvo in telefonija – Računalniške novice by racunalniske-novice.com.

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