Flagship Huawei Watch 3 is the smartwatch we’ve been waiting for

The Huawei Watch 3 Pro range side by side with various strap styles

Huawei hopes to shake up the smartwatch market with the launch of its most stylish wristable yet, the Watch 3, the first smartwatch based on Harmony OS 2.

There’s two models in the new series, the Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro, the latter boasting a luxury finish and enhanced feature set.

Attractions include continuous health monitoring features, up to 21-day battery life and eSIM support, so the watch doesn’t need to tether to a smartphone

New eSIM service support means standalone connectivity. By activating the eSIM service on their smartphones, users can share the phone number as well as voice and data plans between their smartphone and smartwatch, but it does involves taking out an additional contract. 

The Watch 3 combines smartwatch functionality with traditional watch aesthetics, and it looks splendid. The Luxe Review was invited to an early look at the new timepiece at its London unveil, and we immediately felt pangs of desire.

The polished stainless steel body features ultra-curved 3D glass and a large display. This AMOLED 1.43 inch screen has a 60Hz refresh rate, 1000 nits brightness makes it viewable in bright sunshine.

A rotating crown that offers tactile feedback, while a rotating bezel makes it easier to navigate.

Users can zoom in and out of images and slide across the menu options accurately. The adoption of the Harmony OS introduces a new user interface with a grid launcher app menu, making navigation far more intuitive.

The Luxe Review was invited to an early look at the new timepiece at its London unveil, and we immediately felt pangs of desire…

Huawei Watch 3 on display at the Standard Hotel London
The Huawei Watch 3 at its London unveil at The Standard overlooking Kings Cross

There’s a choice of watch faces and watch straps, including fluoroelastomer, nylon, leather, stainless steel and titanium straps.

Fitness is a big focus. A monitoring assistant offers over 100 workout modes, along with health monitoring features such as heart rate, SpO2, sleep and pressure. 

The Watch 3 Pro takes things up a level, with improvements in finish and materials. It uses Sapphire glass and has a slightly bigger (48mm) titanium body. A ceramic shell which significantly enhances wearability. 

The Pro also has dual channel GPS, which should see an end to hanging around waiting for your smartwatch to connect with GPS before you go for a run.

The various colourful face designs of the Huawei Watch 3
The Huawei Watch 3 features a bight AMOLED display

The regular Watch 3 can stay powered for three days in smart mode, and 14 days in ultra-long battery life mode. In 4G super-connected mode, the Pro offers 5 days battery life, and ultra-long life mode stretches this to 21 days, courtesy of a slightly bigger battery than the standard edition.

The Watch 3 Series comes pre-installed with AppGallery, including global fitness and wellness community app Truconnect by TV.FIT.  The fitness app offers a range of workouts for all levels led by leading trainers and celebrities, including MMA legend George st Pierre. Also coming to the Watch 3 in July is Petal Maps (Huawei’s answer to google Maps).

Prices start at £350 and £500 for the Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro respectively.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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