Huawei’s GT sequence of smartwatches are all about endurance. Traditionally, they disbursed with some widespread superior options and used a brilliant cut-down OS with the intention to obtain epic battery life. However latest Huawei watches have added extra of the options you’d count on to compete with extra mainstream choices from the likes of Samsung, Garmin, and Apple. However how does the newest GT’s stack up towards one of the best of one of the best? Discover out in Android Authority‘s Huawei Watch GT 3 assessment.

About this Huawei Watch GT 3 assessment: I examined the 46mm Huawei Watch GT 3 Basic version for 10 days, synced with Huawei Well being model 12.0.10.365. All through the Huawei Watch GT 3 assessment interval, it was working Concord OS model 2.1.0. The GT 3 was paired to both a Pixel 6 Professional or a Huawei P40 Professional. The unit was offered to Android Authority by Huawei for this assessment.

What you must know in regards to the Huawei Watch GT 3

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  • Huawei Watch GT 3 (42mm)
    • Lively version (black case, fluoroelastomer strap): €229 / £209
    • Elegant version (gold case, white leather-based strap): €249 / £229
    • Elegant version (gold case, gold Milanese strap): €299 / £279
  • Huawei Watch GT 3 (46mm)
    • Lively version (black case, fluoroelastomer strap): €249 / £229
    • Basic version (silver case, brown leather-based strap): €269 / £249
    • Elite version (silver case, stainless-steel bracelet): €329 / £299

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is the newest in Huawei’s long-life smartwatch line. Its predecessor, the Watch GT 2, was launched manner again in September of 2019. The GT 3 runs Concord OS, Huawei’s major new working system for every part from smartwatches to TVs to smartphones. It is available in two sizes — 42mm and 46mm — and an assortment of strap kinds. It additionally comes with a wi-fi charger within the field.

Huawei Watch GT 3 view of sensors on back

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The Watch GT 3 seems and feels similar to earlier GT sequence watches, but it surely incorporates a new sensor combo on the again. It now has double the photodiodes (now eight) and double the sunshine sources (now two) for improved coronary heart charge monitoring and SpO2 monitoring. Huawei has additionally changed its previous third-party algorithms with in-house variations which it says are extra correct. Each sizes of Watch GT 3 have a bigger show with the next decision OLED display screen than their predecessors.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 seems and feels similar to earlier GT sequence watches, but it surely incorporates a new sensor combo.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is at present accessible by way of Huawei’s web site in quite a lot of totally different case colours and strap choices (see on the high of this part). It is going to be accessible through Amazon and different main e-tailers quickly in Europe. There’s no phrase on a US launch, however don’t get your hopes up as a result of Huawei-US commerce ban. You possibly can count on a Professional model to be launched finally, as we noticed with the GT 2 Professional final 12 months, that includes costlier construct supplies like sapphire glass, ceramic, and titanium.

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What’s new in design and {hardware}?

Huawei Watch GT 3 side profile showing crown and button

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The Huawei GT 3 seems loads like all of Huawei’s different watches, so in case you’ve preferred these, you’ll like this. The GT 3 refines the identical traditional watch design of its predecessor the GT 2 however adopts the brand new rotating crown and performance button from the latest Huawei Watch 3.

I like the brand new button setup personally however the performance is fairly just like previous Huawei watches barring the power to scroll by way of menus with the crown. You may also click on the crown to return to the house display screen however you’ll be able to’t double click on it for latest apps like you’ll be able to on the Watch 3. Huawei tells me it is because the Watch GT 3 doesn’t help background apps (there’s at present no plan so as to add the hand-washing characteristic from the Watch 3 right here both). One main good thing about the crown is that you would be able to modify quantity, alarms, and navigate settings whereas your palms are moist.

Huawei Watch GT 3 lug and button detail vs Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

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The Huawei Watch GT 3 assessment unit I received is the bigger 46mm Basic version with a brown leather-based strap. The calfskin leather-based band is fairly good in case you don’t thoughts its non-vegan origins. It’s not supreme, nonetheless, in case you plan to train loads with the Watch GT 3. Luckily, each fashions will let you swap out watch straps; the 46mm model makes use of 22mm straps, and the 42mm model makes use of 20mm straps.

I like how unobtrusive the brand new Watch GT 3 sequence is in comparison with a few of Huawei’s chunkier kinds. Its low profile feels extra acceptable for a health watch than the chunky aesthetic of the Watch 3 Professional. The Watch GT 3 can be a lot lighter. The 46mm Watch GT 3 weighs 42.6g with out the strap, a notable distinction from the 63g Watch 3 Professional I used to be lately carrying. If weight is a priority for you, the smaller 42mm mannequin weighs in at simply 35g, not together with the strap.

I like how unobtrusive the brand new Watch GT 3 sequence is in comparison with a few of Huawei’s chunkier kinds.

The Watch GT 3 is powered by an unspecified ARM Cortex-M chipset. Sometimes if a model is utilizing the newest and biggest, they’ll be completely happy to inform you. I requested Huawei to make clear which chipset the GT 3 makes use of and so they refused to say. Make of that what you’ll. Likewise, the battery capability hasn’t been listed (and Huawei isn’t commenting) so I can solely assume it’s the identical 455mAh cell utilized in each GT sequence watch for the reason that Watch GT 2. We’ll speak particularly about battery life a bit later.

Reminiscence comes within the type of the standard 32MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. This isn’t numerous house however there are sadly not many good third-party apps accessible in Huawei’s App Gallery to fill it with anyway. You’ll most probably use it for storing as much as 500 songs on-device, which you’ll be able to stream to Bluetooth headphones in case you depart your telephone behind whereas on a run.

Huawei Watch GT 3 racing stripe watch face standing on table

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Each Watch GT 3 fashions use a 466 x 466-pixel AMOLED panel, producing 326ppi on the 1.43-inch 46mm model and 352ppi on the 1.32-inch 42mm model. With 800 nits of peak brightness, each get a lot shiny sufficient for outside legibility, auto-brightness is responsive, and there’s a torch mode in addition to an always-on show choice. To handle screen-off habits, you’ll be able to set don’t disturb schedules, modify display screen shut-off occasions, and switch off the show by masking it along with your palm.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is waterproof to 5ATM, has Bluetooth and NFC help, and has each a speaker and microphone for making and receiving telephone calls through a paired smartphone. These work simply advantageous for calls in most settings however in case you have your telephone in your pocket I’d counsel simply utilizing that. You may also play music over the speaker in case you actually wish to, together with within the bathe or in your bike. When paired to a Huawei smartphone you too can use the Watch GT 3 as a distant shutter to your telephone’s digital camera.

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The ultimate massive change on the Watch GT 3 is the redesigned TruSeen 5+ sensor on the again. It doubles the variety of photodiodes from earlier GT watches and provides an extra mild supply for extra correct and noise-resistant readings. All-day SpO2 monitoring can be now doable however it’s not enabled out of the field. I discovered my SpO2 readings matched the Apple Watch Collection 6 properly, at all times hovering round 97{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} or above. Remember that the GT 3 is just not licensed as a medical machine so take these readings as a reference solely.

Software program and well being options

Huawei Watch GT 3 modern watch face laying on table

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The Huawei GT 3 runs the wearable model of Concord OS which we first noticed on the Watch 3 Professional. It’s closely influenced by Huawei’s authentic Lite OS however provides extra options and larger depth than its predecessor. With that stated, there are nonetheless some evident omissions. Like the shortage of widespread third-party app help or the power to simply export well being information or sync with most mainstream health apps. To be clear: except you’re prepared to place within the work to benefit from some workarounds, your health information is basically going to remain in Huawei Well being.

There are 10 inventory watch faces and you may add your personal pictures to make use of as watch face backgrounds. Some watch faces are customizable to supply shortcuts to your favourite apps or add further timezones. Relying on the place you reside, you’ll be able to entry a whole bunch extra downloadable watch faces (each free and paid) by way of Huawei Well being.

Not all options can be found in all nations or on all units.

Regional dependency is a bizarre tic of Huawei watches, with not all options being accessible in all nations. Nonetheless extra options are device-specific, so that you’ll get totally different options relying on whether or not you’re pairing to a Huawei telephone, one other Android telephone, or an iPhone. Huawei generally shares compatibility sheets like this for the Watch 3 sequence so you understand what you’ll get along with your telephone (one for the GT 3 is just not accessible publicly but).

Some device- or region-specific options are fairly crucial, like NFC funds through Pockets, the brand new Wholesome Residing Shamrock, MeeTime calling, and even Huawei’s voice assistant Celia. I’d strongly advise you to attempt to discover out which options are supported in your nation and in your explicit smartphone earlier than investing within the GT 3 — if a Huawei Retailer exists wherever in your nation they need to be capable of inform you. A bizarre instance: iOS customers can solely obtain free watch faces however not purchase them.

Huawei Watch GT 3 Healthy Living Shamrock

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The Wholesome Residing Shamrock, in case you can entry it, is an easy digital wellbeing widget that gives a “wholesome dwelling” model of the exercise ring’s visible encouragement. The Shamrock’s leaves develop as you’re taking steps, drink sufficient water, get sufficient sleep, or in any other case meet your wholesome dwelling objectives every day. You may also set reminders to take a breath, smile, or go for a stroll.

By default, automated coronary heart charge and sleep monitoring are enabled however you’ll need to hop into the Huawei Well being settings to allow automated stress testing, SpO2 monitoring, or steady pores and skin temperature measurements. You may also sync your coronary heart charge from the GT 3 to appropriate health tools like treadmills.

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Celia continues to be advantageous for on-device voice instructions like making or rejecting calls and setting alarms but it surely’s fairly restricted in comparison with one thing like Google Assistant. You’re nonetheless unable to work together with most messages on the GT 3 barring a few primary short-form or emoji responses. These are outlined by the messaging app in your telephone and synced to the GT 3 and usually are not supported on iOS units. Voice dictation can be an awesome addition right here, as would the superb keyboard that shipped on the Watch 3 Professional.

Huawei changed all of its third-party exercise monitoring algorithms, together with these associated to VO2 Max, coaching impact, and restoration time, with in-house variations on this machine. I didn’t discover any significant distinction in caloric burn or restoration time estimations for my regular train routines. Huawei beforehand used Firstbeat metrics on its wearables.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 helps over 100 exercise modes, from working, swimming, and biking to yoga and ballet, soar rope, snowboarding, and triathlon. There are 13 preset working programs you’ll be able to comply with, a voice coach (simply you’ll want to flip the quantity down earlier than beginning your first public exercise), and a sequence of coaching plans.

The working plans can analyze your progress over time that will help you modify your objectives primarily based in your health and working stats. Huawei calls this Operating Capability Index however I used to be, sadly, unable to check it as it would solely arrive later through an over-the-air replace. Huawei tells me RAI is predicated on Jack Daniels’ VDOT working calculator.

Is the Huawei Watch GT 3 good at health monitoring?

Huawei Watch GT 3 VO2 max screen on wrist

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Huawei talked a fairly large sport when it shared particulars of the Watch GT 3 with journalists, claiming it might outperform the Apple Watch Collection 6 — one of the crucial correct and dependable wearables accessible — on coronary heart charge monitoring and GPS accuracy. In my testing, it’s shut, however the Apple Watch continues to be extra dependable.

To check Huawei’s claims I wore the Watch GT 3 alongside an Apple Watch Collection 6 with a Polar H10 chest strap as a management. I ran, biked, did a health club exercise, and a HIIT session to see how every tracked sustained coronary heart charge, speedy spikes and drops in coronary heart charge, and GPS. For nearly all actions the Polar strap and Apple Watch matched extraordinarily carefully. For some actions, like runs and lengthy bike rides, the Watch GT 3 was fairly on level. When my coronary heart charge modified rapidly, nonetheless, issues began to interrupt down.

Huawei Watch GT 3 vs Apple Watch Series 6 vs Polar H10 heart rate gym workout

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Within the heart-rate overlay graph above you’ll be able to see how shut the Watch GT 3 was to the Apple Watch and Polar H10 throughout an hour-long health club exercise. Barring a couple of fluctuations, a few of which have been attributable to me bodily transferring the Huawei wearable, the GT 3 hung with the massive boys.

This was all fairly encouraging till issues took a flip for the more serious on a HIIT exercise. Throughout that session the Watch GT 3 missed the guts charge spikes and was erratic on the downturn as properly, producing min/max deviations of over 10bpm in comparison with the Apple Watch Collection 6 and Polar H10. That is unlucky contemplating Huawei particularly mentions HIIT as one of many Watch GT 3’s strengths.

An analogous story emerged with GPS monitoring. Regardless of the Watch GT 3’s dual-band GPS, of the three units, it was the one most frequently off-track in comparison with my precise route. It was shut, to be honest, however throughout all of my GPS-tracked actions, the GT 3 was the least correct. On a optimistic notice, the painfully sluggish GPS lock I’ve suffered by way of on different Huawei watches was not current right here.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 cannot fairly compete with the accuracy and reliability of the Apple Watch Collection 6 but it surely’s shut.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 can’t fairly compete with the accuracy and reliability of the Apple Watch Collection 6 but it surely’s shut. Contemplating Apple’s machine is totally on par with the Polar H10 chest strap, that’s not a straightforward battle to win anyway. The truth that within the majority of actions the GT 3 held its personal, not simply towards the Apple Watch but in addition the Polar H10, continues to be admirable.

One factor I do have to level out is that with the intention to get the comparability charts you see right here I spent a number of hours troubleshooting and twiddling with settings in Huawei Well being, Google Match, and a third-party app known as Well being Sync which lets you extract your health information from Huawei Well being Package and both export it or get it synced elsewhere.

Whereas Well being Sync does the job, it’s a comparatively convoluted course of to carry out a primary operate that actually must be enabled by Huawei natively. Till Huawei will get round to enabling easier information sharing between extra third-party apps, Well being Sync is price testing in case you like Huawei wearables however not Huawei Well being.

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How good is battery life on the GT 3?

Huawei Watch GT 3 wireless charging

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The Huawei Watch GT 3 has the battery life to go the gap. Huawei claims the 46mm mannequin will last as long as 14 days with regular utilization and as much as eight days with heavy utilization. I made it 10 days with the 46mm on what I’d take into account regular utilization for me. In line with Huawei’s definition of regular and heavy my utilization is correct about within the center, so the maths checks out. The 42mm mannequin is rated for seven days of normal and 4 days of heavy utilization.

I achieved 10 days with out-of-the-box settings. Which means solely TruSleep and coronary heart monitoring have been enabled on a regular basis whereas the always-on show, automated stress testing, SpO2 monitoring, and pores and skin temperature measurements have been all left off. Flip all of these on and also you’re going to get considerably much less battery life. The always-on show alone will lower your battery life in half in my expertise.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 has the battery life to go the gap. I achieved 10 days with out-of-the-box settings.

In my utilization, I wore the watch across the clock besides when bathing as a result of I don’t like a moist leather-based strap. I manually ran a SpO2 take a look at and pores and skin temperature examine day by day and tracked 4 hours’ price of actions with about two and a half hours of GPS monitoring. Should you train outdoor extra usually than me over the course of per week and a half you must count on an extra ding on battery life. I listened to extra music than Huawei’s estimates however I obtained fewer calls every day.

As with earlier Huawei watches I’ve used, I gave up on automated exercise monitoring and finally turned it off. Huawei claims its watches can routinely detect 4 totally different actions — strolling, working, elliptical, and rowing — however it’s so unreliable it infrequently kicks in in any respect and if it does, you could be a half-hour or extra into your exercise. Should you truly need a document of your actions I’d advocate manually monitoring.

Luckily, the underside button on the right-hand facet of the Watch GT 3 is customizable. It defaults to launching exercise monitoring however you’ll be able to set it to a number of different features in case you desire. Utilizing the included wi-fi charging puck, the 46mm Huawei Watch GT 3 prices in lower than an hour and a half, hitting 50{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} battery in simply over a half-hour. The Watch GT 3 may cost through reverse wi-fi charging in case your telephone helps it.

Anything?

  • Different options: The Huawei Watch GT 3 features a menstrual cycle calendar, contactless funds through Huawei Pockets, automated stress testing, notification administration, and extreme climate warnings.
  • Route Again: Huawei’s offline GPS navigation characteristic can be accessible on the Watch GT 3. It depends on the wearable’s dual-band (L1+L5) precision International Navigation Satellite tv for pc System (GNSS) positioning chip. While you observe an exercise outdoor the GT 3 creates a GPS route you should utilize to retrace your steps to your start line in case you get misplaced. It really works properly and could possibly be a literal lifesaver within the nice outdoor, particularly when matched with the GT 3’s glorious battery life which can simply outlive your smartphone in case you lose your manner.
  • GPS points: as you’ll have seen within the GPS screengrabs on this assessment, regardless of the GT 3’s dual-frequency GNSS with help for GPS, Galileo, Beidou, GLONASS, and QZSS, it wasn’t at all times good. It was, at occasions, simply as correct as the opposite two units but it surely was additionally the one most probably to go off observe, particularly round inner-city buildings which dual-band GNSS is meant to enhance. All satellites at present in orbit are presupposed to be supporting dual-frequency alerts by now, so I’ll have simply been unfortunate.

Huawei Watch GT 3 specs

Huawei Watch GT 3
Show 46mm: 1.43-inch AMOLED, 326ppi,
466 x 466 decision

42mm: 1.32-inch AMOLED, 352ppi,
466 x 466 decision

Dimensions and weight 46mm: 45.9 x 45.9 x 11mm
42.6g w/o strap
Matches wrists 140-210mm

42mm: 42.3 x 42.3 x 10.2mm
35g w/o strap
Matches wrists 130-190mm

Colours and supplies 46mm
Colour: Black/Metal
Materials: Chrome steel and plastic
Watch straps: Black fluoroelastomer strap, brown leather-based strap, stainless-steel strap

42mm
Colour: Black/Gold
Materials: Chrome steel and plastic
Watch straps: Black fluoroelastomer strap, white leather-based strap, gold Milanese strap

Battery 46mm: As much as 14 days of “typical” use, 8 days with heavy use

42mm: As much as 7 days of “typical” use, 4 days with heavy use

Wi-fi charging

Processor ARM Cortex-M (unspecified)
RAM 32MB
Storage 4GB
{Hardware} Speaker
Microphone
Connectivity Twin-band GNSS
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, and QZSS
Bluetooth
Sensors Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic
Optical coronary heart charge sensor
Air stress
Temperature
Sturdiness 5ATM
Software program Concord OS
Compatibility Concord OS 2 or later
Android 6.0 or later
iOS 9.0 or later

Worth and the competitors

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Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei’s finest smartwatch, made even higher

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is for health and informal customers. It is available in quite a lot of colour choices and sizes, so most individuals will discover one which fits their model. Huawei additionally touts the GT 3’s upgraded coronary heart charge sensor, which it claims rivals one of the best on the market.

With €80 separating the most cost effective model of every mannequin from the costliest, it’s all in regards to the strap when shopping for the Huawei Watch GT 3. Personally, I’d advocate the most cost effective one as a result of the fluoroelastomer strap is one of the best for understanding. You possibly can then simply purchase totally different straps in case you want them or re-use them from different watches. The baseline value for every mannequin is definitely fairly aggressive contemplating the superb battery life and fairly stable health monitoring.

Opponents on the decrease finish embody the lately discounted 46mm Huawei Watch GT 2 Professional from final 12 months (€179/£179). The GT 2 Professional gives numerous the identical {hardware} and higher construct supplies however lacks the improved coronary heart charge sensor array on the again, dual-band GPS, and has a barely smaller, lower-resolution display screen.

On the even greater finish, the Apple Watch Collection 7 ($399/€429/£369) and Garmin Venu 2 ($399/€399/£349) present the stiffest competitors of all. The primary selection will possible come right down to ecosystems and the way a lot you wish to export your well being information to apps aside from Huawei Well being or Google Match (in my area Huawei additionally helps Adidas Runtastic however nothing else) with out leaping by way of the hoops Well being Sync requires.

Huawei Watch GT 3 assessment: The decision

Huawei Watch GT 3 quick settings

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I can confidently say the Huawei Watch GT 3 has essentially the most correct coronary heart charge and GPS monitoring I’ve skilled on a Huawei wearable. It’s nonetheless not fairly as much as the reliability of the Apple Watch however given the value differential, that is acceptable. Huawei has a advantageous smartwatch on its palms right here and the GT 3 and Apple Watch don’t actually goal the identical viewers.

Nice battery life, correct health monitoring, fashionable attractiveness, reasonably priced value — the Huawei Watch GT 3 nails the fundamentals.

The expanded characteristic set and extra element in Concord OS are higher than Lite OS to my thoughts, and I’m glad to report the GT sequence’ two-week battery life stays a chance on the brand new platform. I’m not a fan of the quantity of region- or device-specific options, making a Huawei watch a little bit of an unknown amount till you set it up, however the fundamentals work just about in all places.

Nice battery life, correct health monitoring, fashionable attractiveness, reasonably priced value — the Huawei Watch GT 3 nails the fundamentals. If Huawei would get round to supporting extra third-party apps and permit simpler exporting and sharing of health information there wouldn’t be fairly so many asterisks to my suggestion. If, nonetheless, you’re conscious of them and are OK with the constraints, the Watch GT 3 is a superb smartwatch for the value.

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