The Huawei Watch GT3 is the follow-up to the GT2, the corporate’s flagship till the launch of the Huawei Watch 3.
The GT3 is available in cheaper than the Watch 3, however shares a variety of the identical options.
That consists of working on Huawei’s Harmony OS working system and entry to its AppGallery app storefront.
There’s additionally new health options, an improved coronary heart fee monitor, and new options focusing on runners, together with a new AI coach and personalised coaching plans. That’s on prime providing every part we bought on the Watch GT 2 and its many spin-offs together with weeks versus days of battery life.
At Â£229.99 (about $315) for the bigger Watch GT3 and Â£209.99 (round $288) for the smaller, the worth has jumped from the Watch GT2, but it surely’s over Â£100 ($133) cheaper selecting up the Huawei Watch 3.
So how does it stack up? Read our full testing to search out out.
(Our Huawei Watch GT3 review pattern was examined with a beta model of the Huawei Health app)
Huawei Watch GT 3 key options
- 42mm and 46mm sizes
- Runs on Harmony OS
- Works with Android and iOS
- Huawei TrueSeen 5.0 coronary heart fee sensor
- Dual-Band GNSS positioning for out of doors monitoring
- 100+ exercise modes
- AI working coach
- Up to 2 weeks battery life
- 5ATM waterproof ranking
Huawei Watch GT 3: Quick verdict and alternate options
We want the Huawei Watch GT3 to the extra premium and superior Huawei Watch 3, and it is a good choice for Android and iOS customers on the lookout for a sporty smartwatch â particularly runners.
However, it is not one of the best for both subset of customers.
At this Â£229.99/$300 value level we would actually push iOS customers to the Apple Watch SE â which we feels provides a a lot better all-round smartwatch expertise.
And Android customers at the moment are spoiled for selection with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which leverages Wear OS’s app choice to be a terrific worth, premium smartwatch.
But there’s so much to love on this Huawei Watch GT3.
Huawei Watch GT3: Design and display
Huawei hasn’t made radical modifications with the general look of the GT3 if you see the way it compares to the GT2.
There are refinements and introduced in parts from the Huawei Watch 3, and the result’s one thing that is nonetheless modern, handsome and undoubtedly geared in the direction of males. However, there’s a smaller, unisex size.
It is available in 46mm and a smaller 42mm spherical case sizes, with the previous measuring in at 11mm thick and the latter the slimmer at 10.2mm thick. That case is constituted of chrome steel up entrance and plastic across the again, and the bigger 46mm model we needed to check weighed in at simply over 42g (with out a strap). We’d say it is a properly weighted watch to put on that does not really feel too chunky and that 46mm case did not sit too large on our slender wrists both.
In the strap division, you’ve got bought a pick of fluoroelastomer, leather-based or a metal strap with some completely different colours on supply for the 2 case sizes.
We had the black fluoroelastomer one, which makes use of a conventional watch buckle and felt snug to put on day and evening and did not trigger any type of irritation.
On the case you’ve got bought two bodily buttons with the one additional up the case now modelled on a watch crown, which was a key design function launched on the Huawei Watch 3.
That means you may twist it to scroll by screens and zoom out and in of apps like maps. The backside button is assigned to getting you fast entry to the exercise monitoring display, however you may nonetheless customise to be a shortcut to a different function you extra recurrently use.
That’s partnered up with a 1.43-inch, 466×466 decision AMOLED touchscreen show with a smaller 1.39-inch AMOLED packed onto the 42mm GT3. That means a slight bump up in decision, however in the end it is one other actually pretty show to make use of. It’s good and conscious of swipes and faucets, provides sharp, correct colours, wealthy blacks and visibility is powerful indoors and outside.
We did not have to make use of it anyplace close to the utmost brightness setting day-to-day and there is the choice of an always-on show mode, which provides a plain black and white display to indicate off the time if you’re not interacting with the display.
Huawei is sticking to the identical waterproof ranking because the GT2, so that you’re getting one thing that is 5ATM water-resistant, letting you dunk it in water as much as 50 metres depth. We’ve been swimming and jumped within the bathe with it, and may affirm it is survived with out situation.
As we mentioned, there is not wholesale modifications made by Huawei right here and that is not essentially a nasty factor. The Huawei Watch 3 undoubtedly feels extra traditional watch by way of look, whereas the GT3 feels trendy however with a barely extra sports activities watch edge to it.
Huawei Watch GT3: HarmonyOS and smartwatch options
Now the GT3 runs on the identical HarmonyOS working system because the Huawei Watch 3.
What that HarmonyOS brings is a software program that is a bit extra absolutely fashioned than LiteOS by way of its capabilities as a smartwatch. It brings the new-look app grid, some slicker wanting person interface animations and crucially, an app retailer.
The Huawei AppGallery is at present solely out there by the Huawei Health companion cellphone app and it is honest to say that whereas it has the aptitude of providing third occasion apps, it is not precisely brimming with them but.
It’s largely the identical apps we discovered there when testing the Huawei Watch 3 and we downloaded ones just like the FotMob soccer scores app and Fitify Workouts app, however should you’re anticipating to search out Strava, Uber and different large identify apps right here, that simply is not the case proper now.
Outside of the HarmonyOS extras, a variety of what we noticed on the GT2 so far as utilizing it as a smartwatch stays the identical. It does work with Android and iOS units, however the former will get essentially the most complete expertise together with entry to the built-in music participant.
Notification assist works properly sufficient, with small icons used to find out the place the notification has come from and you’ll faucet to broaden them as properly. Once once more although, you may’t reply to notifications.
Features like climate forecasts and music controls and the power to deal with calls (by way of Bluetooth) are properly carried out and you have easy options like a flashlight and the power to set alarms and a number of timers, which are not groundbreaking options however labored with out situation.
There’s a pleasant array of digital and analogue-style watches and in order for you extra, there’s extra to be discovered within the Huawei Health app. You’ll simply need to be keen to pay up for them although.
There’s Huawei’s Celia sensible voice assistant, which might deal with easy instructions organising timers, alarms and checking climate, however actually does not really feel as developed as Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant or utilizing Amazon Alexa on smartwatches that at present pack it just like the Fitbit Versa 3.
If you are on the lookout for one thing with LTE, you are going to need to seize the Huawei Watch 3 for that, which appears to be one of many greatest variations between the 2 watches. You’re additionally not getting any sort of fee assist right here, which is a little bit of a disgrace.
The GT3 actually does not provide the finest smartwatch expertise, it offers you one which’s simply ok. Quite a bit will relaxation on what occurs with that app retailer, which proper now, does not look nice and have so much in it. If some large names may be added, then it could be a serious increase for HarmonyOS and the GT3.
Huawei Watch GT3: Health and health monitoring
Where Huawei has actually impressed with its GT watches is how they carry out in relation to preserving tabs in your health. You’ll discover no regulatory permitted medical options that may let you know whether or not you might have atrial fibrillation or sleep apnea, but it surely does supply loads should you like to trace your train. Particularly should you’re a runner.
We’ll begin with common health monitoring first although, the place you are getting a ring-style widget to maintain monitor of each day steps, train time and stand time. You’ll even be fired over inactivity alerts reminding you to maneuver in the course of the day.
Huawei has added a new Healthy Living clover, which seems to be past issues like steps and can remind you to drink water, rise up at a great time and even smile extra. You’ll need to get this setup within the Huawei Health app first after which you may verify in your clover is glowing to indicate you are hitting these life-style targets.
It’s good that Huawei has sought to suppose extra about monitoring issues exterior of the standard metrics, and whereas it is basically a prettier solution to symbolize organising reminders to be sure to do some fairly routine issues in the course of the day, it is a good addition to the general monitoring expertise.
You’re additionally getting sleep monitoring right here after all, letting you see a breakdown of sleep levels, generate sleep scores with some sleep helpful insights to additional clarify parts of your sleep and also will monitor respiration high quality too.
From an accuracy standpoint, we put it up towards Fitbit’s fairly dependable sleep monitoring and located it was very a lot a blended bag.
On some nights, core sleep monitoring data was fairly dependable (screenshot beneath, far proper), although there have been additionally a good few nights the place sleep period captured was very off because the screens beneath illustrate towards the Fitbit Charge 5.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left) and Fitbit Charge 5 (centre)
Outside of these health and sleep monitoring staples, Huawei does supply options like guided respiration workouts, stress monitoring (Android solely), pores and skin temperature monitoring and each steady coronary heart fee and blood oxygen monitoring. Turning on the continual blood oxygen readings will have an effect on battery life however did appear to match up with on the spot readings we captured on a devoted pulse oximeter.
We’ll dig into the guts fee efficiency extra beneath however whereas we discovered options like temperature and stress monitoring had been good to see represented, the temperature data did not appear vastly dependable.
There wasn’t an enormous effort supply some perception round stress data like we’re beginning to see on rivals like Fitbit.
If you are turning to this look ahead to wealthy well being insights, that is actually not its power in our eyes. It does supply a great health monitoring expertise although.
Huawei Watch GT3: Sports monitoring
Switching issues over to sports activities monitoring and Huawei has undoubtedly sought to make large enhancements right here close to bettering accuracy and constructing on the software program options it already provides on this division. Some of these options had been out there for us to check, and a few might be heading to the GT3 at a later date.
We’ll begin with the exercise monitoring, which does nonetheless supply over 100 completely different sports activities modes with core sports activities like working, biking and swimming finest served. Though indoor actions like rowing supply activity-specific metrics right here too.
The large options right here lie for runners we would say with Huawei including the dual-band five-system GNSS technology it launched on the Huawei Watch 3 Pro.
That’s one thing we have seen begin to crop up on sports activities watches to assist enhance out of doors monitoring in environments that usually show problematic for satellite tv for pc methods, like working in a metropolis with tall buildings or densely populated trails.
It’s additionally introducing a personalised AI working coach, constructing on the coaching packages it already provides to supply steering by these packages that may modify based mostly on the data pumped into it. This wasn’t a function we had been in a position to check out in our time although.
You’re now additionally getting extra in the best way of coaching insights serving up data like a working skill index, coaching load data and recommending restoration occasions, which had been options we might become familiar with.
GPS monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left) and Garmin Enduro (proper)
In phrases of these new working options, we would say there’s good and dangerous right here, however total the GT3 provides a extremely strong run monitoring expertise total. We put it up towards the Apple Watch Series 7 and Garmin Enduro for a bunch of various runs and located GPS efficiency on the whole fairly strong. It was good and fast to pick up a sign and most of our routes whereas by no means equivalent appeared to inform a fairly correct story of the run.
Huawei has now added assist for creating interval working coaching periods, which is straightforward however straightforward to create from the watch and you have the power to share routes and use a again to the beginning navigation function to get you again residence too.
Things weren’t so good with these added coaching insights the place we discovered advised restoration for fairly straightforward going runs was fairly extreme, suggesting a few days of relaxation from a brief, straightforward paced 5k run.
The working skill index it generates is absolutely defined within the companion app and appears at your endurance and approach effectivity to supply that index. The next index means a rise within the likelihood of working sooner occasions. We felt index scores had been slightly low based mostly on our working expertise, with fairly gradual predicted occasions. Especially as we put in some speedy periods in with it.
Outside of working, we spent a while pool swimming, indoor rowing and utilizing it for HIIT exercises and located the GT3 strong total. Pool swimming provided comparable stats to Form’s sensible swimming goggles and we discovered indoor rowing stats like stroke rely and distance coated matched up with our indoor rower and the monitoring on a Garmin.
Pool swim monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left) and Form Swim Goggles (proper)
All of your data lives inside the Huawei Health app, which nonetheless does not really feel just like the slickest companion app on the market. Despite the addition of an app retailer entrance, your data is basically staying put inside of Huawei’s Health app, which is disappointing to see. If you wish to sync over to different health apps, that is merely not attainable but.
Indoor rowing monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left and centre) and Garmin Enduro (proper)
Overall, the GT3 does supply a strong sports activities monitoring expertise on the entire indoors and outside. It appeared to dish out dependable data the place it mattered, it was snug to put on throughout train and the enhancements Huawei has made right here on the software program entrance present promise with extra options seemingly on the best way.
Huawei Watch GT3: Heart fee accuracy
Huawei has made an enormous deal in regards to the enhancements it is promising with the guts fee monitor on the Watch GT3. Its latest TruSeen optical coronary heart fee sensor sees the variety of lights used to seize a studying elevated and it has even tweaked the case design to higher mould to the wrist to enhance accuracy. It’s additionally mentioned it is up to date the software program algorithms used to get mild alerts to generate readings. The result’s a 96% accuracy In Huawei’s personal testing towards the Polar H10 chest strap monitor.
That coronary heart fee sensor powers just a few completely different insights. You can constantly monitor coronary heart fee, providing each day coronary heart fee ranges, resting coronary heart fee and allow high and low coronary heart fee alerts. It does additionally after all work for measuring coronary heart fee throughout train.
Continuous HR monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left) and Whoop 4.0 (proper)
We’d say it performs fairly properly on the whole. For steady monitoring, we discovered although that it tended to ship usually larger resting coronary heart fee readings in comparison with the gorgeous dependable coronary heart fee monitor on a Garmin and on a Garmin HRM-Pro chest strap.
HR monitoring for train in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left) and Garmin HRM-Pro chest strap (proper)
During train, it carried out surprisingly properly towards a chest strap for regular paced runs and indoor rowing periods, and it did not vastly falter in our excessive depth interval checks both. Average coronary heart fee data for these excessive depth checks was on the whole slightly low compared to a chest strap, although it did typically seize close to equivalent most coronary heart fee readings in our checks.
High depth HR monitoring in contrast: Huawei Watch GT3 (left) and Garmin HRM-Pro chest strap (proper)
There’s clearly nonetheless a quirk right here as properly that the guts fee sensor takes.slightly time to settle to the correct real-time studying at first of a exercise. So should you leap straight into exercise monitoring, that may scupper the accuracy straight off the bat.
We’d undoubtedly say there’s been enhancements made right here on the accuracy entrance. but it surely’s nonetheless not excellent and it is nonetheless a disgrace Huawei nonetheless will not and may’t open this as much as getting used with chest strap displays to enhance that accuracy.
Huawei Watch GT3: Battery life
One factor that has actually stood Huawei in good stead is that in contrast to a variety of the competitors, when it says it may possibly ship robust battery life it truly delivers on it. With the Watch GT2 and its many spin-offs, Huawei promised as much as two weeks battery life, even with the burden of utilizing options like GPS and coronary heart fee monitoring regularly. With the GT3, it is promising extra of the identical and we would say it is a smartwatch that is able to comfortably lasting every week with the capability to go longer.
This does solely depend upon which size GT3 you go for and the options you are going to be utilizing most. The 46mm GT3 we needed to check guarantees as much as 14 days in typical utilization and eight days in heavy utilization. The 42mm Watch GT3 drops to 7 days with typical utilization and 4 days for heavy utilization.
Our testing time undoubtedly veered on the heavy utilization facet and we would say these numbers appear correct. Daily-drop-off might be round 10% a day whereas round an hour’s value of GPS tracked working noticed battery drop by 10%. So you possibly can monitor out of doors actions and have options like notifications and steady coronary heart fee monitoring enabled and get properly over every week’s value of battery life. Switch on the always-on show modes and options like steady SpO2 monitoring and you will see an even bigger dent with battery drop-off nearer to fifteen%.
Ultimately, Huawei guarantees higher battery life than what you will get from an Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch and each Fitbit and Wear OS smartwatches and that is precisely what it delivers.
Huawei Watch GT3
The Huawei Watch GT3 is a strong replace to the GT2, and there is an argument to say it is one of the best Huawei smartwatch. It provides a variety of what you get on the pricier Huawei Watch 3, together with these new HarmonyOS options and the improved coronary heart fee monitor efficiency and working options. If you need core smartwatch staples and a strong sports activities monitoring expertise, there’s so much to love for each Android and iOS customers.
- Nice look, snug to put on 24/7
- Solid sports activities monitoring
- Week’s value of battery life
- Not one of the best smartwatch options
- Lack of third occasion apps in app retailer
- Iffy sleep monitoring