Huawei Watch 3 Pro in for review

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Huawei’s Watch GT 2 Pro was not only without a doubt the best made smartwatch on the market, but it was also traded for only € 299.

Not happy sitting on the laurels, but Huawei is back with the Watch 3 Pro, a smartwatch that holds everything that made its predecessor great, and adds a lot of new stuff as the company moves across its laptop lineup to HarmonyOS.

In keeping with its heritage, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro has impeccable build quality. The housing is titanium, the back is ceramic and the top is sapphire crystal. The combination provides a device that is lightweight but as durable as they come. The upper glass is apparently unprotected, but must be impregnable for scratches, and the lower ceramic feels smooth as silk on the skin.

While last year’s GT 2 Pro came with a special fluoroelastomer rubber strap, the Watch 3 Pro has both a silicone and a metal strap. As with previous Huawei watches, the strap is in a standard size of 22 mm, which provides an easy replacement if you want leather instead of the two included materials.

The new charging cradle comes with a USB cable connected this time. Should you place the holder incorrectly or need another, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro can charge on any Qi standard wireless charger you have lying around.

Unboxing of Huawei Watch 3 Pro
Unboxing of Huawei Watch 3 Pro

Unboxing of Huawei Watch 3 Pro

Huawei Watch 3 Pro brings two big changes – a better screen and a brand new OS – Harmony OS 2.0.

The watch is noticeably zippier. For example, raising to wake up or tilting to wake up (if you want to control the clock while sitting at a desk) is faster than before. The screen is also noticeably brighter, Huawei claims up to 1000 nit brightness.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro for review

Huawei has upgraded the OS experience while making it known. An iron from the top of the watch still pulls down to switch to settings, and an iron from the bottom still asks for notifications.

You still get custom, side-swipeable screens for weather, activity tracking, heart rate and more. But there is a new grid with apps that you can get with a touch of the new rotating crown. You can zoom in and out of the grid by rotating the crown or with touch gestures.

The bottom button can be customized to open any app or setting, but is by default training programs.

The new grid view of apps
The new grid view of apps

The new grid view of apps

Huawei has also implemented skin temperature tracking to go along with blood oxygen measurement and heart rate monitoring. As the name suggests, skin temperature measures the surface temperature of your skin, not your body temperature. Its applicability is a bit questionable, but a remarkable change in skin temperature can also alert you to internal changes.

Temperature tracking is not very accurate
Temperature tracking is not very accurate

Temperature tracking

Finally, you can get the Huawei Watch 3 Pro with independent 4G connection via eSIM support, so you can leave your phone at home and be connected on the watch itself.

What’s more impressive is that Huawei claims 5 days of battery life with 4G connected and up to 21 days without.

We take a closer look at the battery life, performance and features of the Huawei Watch 3 Pro in our full review, so stay tuned!

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