Smartwatches are now part of many people’s daily lives, it is safe to say that most people want/use one. Now brand loyalty is a major thing with smartwatches and many people want to use a watch of the same brand as their smartphone because of usually how well the features sit. So Huawei has launched the Huawei Watch 3 which is the first smartwatch to use its new HarmonyOS out of the box.
Huawei Watch 3
As Huawei moves to its own ecosystem of HarmonyOS, they have launched their first smartwatch with the OS out of the box. Let’s see if the features can compete with the ecosystem of the Apple Watch.
The standard version features a 1.43-inch round 60Hz AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1000nits. The dial body is made of stainless steel, while the skin-friendly silicone strap is removable.
The operating memory gets a solid boost up to 2GB and internal storage is 16GB for both models. The Watch gives 3 to 4 days of battery life and even supports 3rd party wireless charging.
The dial body is made of stainless steel, while the skin-friendly silicone strap is removable. On the right side of the dial, we can see a very familiar button combination, including a crown button for page scrolling and another down button for feature shortcuts. When rolling the crown button, the animation of the interface is very smooth with similar vibration feedback to the Apple watches. That’s really great for a Huawei watch.
The Watch 3 comes with a 5ATM waterproof rating, which means that it can be used for shallow-water activities such as pool swimming and would take a light splash or rain. But it is not suitable for underwater activities like diving.
As for its connectivity and audio features, it is just like a mini-smartphone, supporting Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, mobile data, and independent calling powered by the eSIM. To independently work like a smartphone, it also features a microphone and speaker for calls, text speech, and voice assistants.
Exercise and Fitness activities
As for exercise tracking, the Huawei Watch 3 offers over 100 sports modes and provides plenty of extra courses for running. Harmony OS didn’t bring any major changes when compared to its predecessor. But we believe that the GPS and statistics are more accurate on the new model. All the data is synced with the Huawei Health app on the smartphone. You can turn on the continuous blood oxygen monitoring, and set up an alert to remind you of any potential risks when the figure drops below a risk value. And another new feature, body temperature detection, is extremely useful considering the covid pandemic.
HarmonyOS on the watch
While HarmonyOS hasn’t bought a huge change, but definitely some smaller changes can be observed. As most other smartwatches other than the Apple watch has to run or Google Watch OS this is a good change for users. The watch already does sync better with the phone and tracks stuff more accurately. Huawei has done a great job on the optimization of the OS. If they improve the software it could definitely close the gap with Apple Watch.
The base model of the Watch 3 is available for £349 (PKR 77,000)
I am really impressed with the Watch3 features like Blood Oxygen and Body Temperature on a smartwatch are really helpful. The watch works really good overall the only thing to complain about here is the battery should have been a little bigger and the watch also heats up a little bit. If you use a Huawei phone you should get this watch for other brands I can’t say much tho. So, what do you guys think about the Huawei Watch 3? Do you think Huawei can compete with Apple by using the new HarmonyOS? Share your thoughts in the comments below.