Huawei announced the global arrival of the Watch GT 3 Pro last month in Milan, Europe’s fashion capital. It’s the company’s flagship for 2022, and it’s definitely one of the prettiest smartwatches ever made. It was introduced in two sizes and we had a chance to try them both for this review.
After weeks of testing, we are now ready to share our impressions of the Watch GT 3 Pro, so get tight.
We had the Titanium version of the 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro and the ceramic 43mm unit with gold-accented bezel. Both variants look extremely premium and classic. The larger version has a metal body, while the smaller one only comes with a ceramic body that is available with a matching ceramic band or a white leather strap.
Design and build
The Titanium version supports standard 22 mm straps, and the one you get in the box is very similar to what the Watch 3 Pro series had. It has a folding buckle that is very easy to operate. The strap can be adapted to larger wrists, where Huawei provides three extra elements to extend the length.
The ceramic 43 mm version takes 20 mm straps. It looks really impressive, and while the gold accent on our version will not be everyone’s cup of tea, its amazing build quality will definitely garner the right kind of attention.
The white ceramic ribbon is just as eye-catching. It was made at extremely high temperatures of 1500 degrees Celsius, and the surface was finished with a diamond powder coating to achieve a smooth, flawless texture.
The watch case is made of white nano-ceramic, while the sapphire crystal that sits on top is practically immune to scratches and damage.
The clasp is a classic butterfly, and like its larger sibling, there are three additional elements to extend the length of the ribbon. But unlike the Titanium version, you have to use a tiny screwdriver for the microscopic screws, so you have to be very careful not to lose them.
Both versions of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro have two buttons on the side – the top is a rotating crown, the bottom is a simple button at first glance. In fact, it has a conductive surface, which is the key to activating ECG functionality. Charging is standard Qi wireless affair, but unless you plan to remove one end of the straps each time, you may need to stick to the magnetic charger that comes with the box.
The Watch GT 3 Pro runs Harmony OS 2.0 like most of the company’s wearables these days. However, the operating system has been adapted to support several new features here.
The watch comes with an ECG (Electrocardiogram) sensor that measures the rhythm of the heart. This includes real-time analysis, sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation, early atrial and ventricular stroke reminders, and to help keep you alert to any heart health-related risks.
Everything sounds great on paper, but Huawei has yet to receive the necessary certifications to activate the feature, so at the moment it does not work in Europe. The company is working to get approval in Germany and Italy, which will open the door for further expansion in other EU members.
We have already mentioned that the lower key is conductive and it is necessary to close the electrical circuit that goes through the body. So far, we could only measure arterial stiffness detection, and Watch said the measurement was “normal.” Yay, os!
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro connects to any smartphone via Bluetooth. It does not have mobile support, which is without a doubt the biggest difference between it and the Watch 3 Pro. It integrates with a selection of third-party apps downloaded from the AppGallery on your phone, and can also act as a hands-free answering machine.
There are plenty of features and sensors that measure the sleep quality, SpO2 levels and heart rate that we have come to expect from Huawei Watch devices these days.
The Watch GT 3 Pro supports “over 100 training modes” available, and the latest is free diving. Aside from the standard IP68 and 5 ATM rating, this watch has “withstood a staggering 200 water pressure cycles”, and in theory it supports freediving all the way down to 30 meters.
Yes, it’s nice that Huawei managed to develop the laptop for such high-pressure scenarios, although we’m not sure how accurate and useful it can be for the specific activity.
Despite the very comfortable fit, the Watch GT3 Pro is quite heavy in both versions, and we are not sure that many will want it on a run or in the weight room (where it will be of little use like any other smartwatch). It fits better in more formal environments where its impeccable design and selection of beautiful dials really help you stand out.
In such environments, it would be wise to forward the messages from your phone to your wrist, though it is a bit limited in terms of what you can do about them. Some pre-written answers are as good as they get, and even that is not available for all apps.
Still for most people who read the message and then know if you need to reach for your phone or not. You also get treats such as weather updates, sunrise and sunset times, lunar phases and the Huawei Wallet in a handful of supported countries.
This is the other amazing thing about the Watch GT 3 Pro next to its looks. Huawei equipped the 46mm version with a 530mAh battery, while the 43mm version has a 292mAh power cell.
The 46 mm GT 3 Pro can handle the very impressive 13 days with constant heart rate, skin temperature and sleep detection. We kept the SpO2 tracking away, as well as the stress test, as these features will hardly need practical use for the vast majority of users.
If you turn these on, the battery life will decrease by about a day and a half, which still means you will need to recharge it once every 11 or 12 days.
If you decide to take the 46mm GT 3 Pro for your runs and do four hours of GPS-track training per week, battery life will be reduced to 8 days.
All these figures were obtained with Always On Display turned off. The raising to evoke gestures is fast and reliable, so you may want to keep it that way. Still, if you prefer to have AoD, you get about 6.5 days of battery life in the first test scenario with only a few sensors turned on and about 4 days in the heaviest use with training involved.
The 43 mm variant of the Watch GT 3 Pro’s smaller battery can understandably not match the endurance of the 46 mm version. But even it has easily survived most smartwatches.
Without AoD and only heart tracking enabled among the sensors, you can go 8 days between charges, which is great. When you turn on AoD, endurance comes down to four days.
Huawei does not announce the brightness levels for its 1.43 “AMOLED (1.32” for the ceramic version), but it will be bright enough to have even the brightest sun.
Charging the 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro from 0 to 100% takes 110 minutes, which is longer than Huawei’s promise of 85 minutes, but considering that a 30 minute charge gives you 39% charge that can normally last for several days, it’s not a big deal. .
The 43mm variant takes about 80 minutes from 0 to 100%.
As the devices support wireless charging, they work with any Qi charger. However, most chargers are too large, so you will need to remove one end of the strap to place the Watch GT 3 Pro over it.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro offers a compelling set of features, but it’s battery life and design that really sets it apart. The watch looks impressive, has great build quality and feels really comfortable.
When you think of the kind of materials you get, and above all the super hard sapphire crystal display, the price tag really sounds like a coup. There are not so many classic watches with sapphire crystal that cost so much and practically none among smartwatches.
The 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro starts at € 369 with a leather strap, while the full Titanium package costs € 499. In a rare twist, the smaller 43mm version is actually more expensive. A ceramic white body without accents and a white leather strap will cost you 499 €. The one with gold bezel ornaments and ceramic strap costs 599 €.
It’s worth mentioning Huawei often sells its premium devices with a lot of free stuff, and you can get Freebuds Pro or Freebuds Lipstick for free in many markets, as well as an annual membership with Adidas Running. They definitely help to sweeten the deal further, especially if the device offered in your specific market happens to be needed.
All that said, we can highly recommend the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. It is not the cheapest nor the smartest laptop, but its unsurpassed appearance and battery life, combined with reliable notification delivery, really make it the best laptop for a large group of people. And thanks to its premium materials, it also has to retain its appearance for a long time.