Huawei isn’t new to the wearable market and, in fact, it’s an established name in the category with its wide range of fitness trackers and smartwatches. This year, it renewed its range of Huawei Watch connected watches with new models. Among them are the Watch 3, Watch GT 3, and the all-new Watch GT Runner, but which one best suits your needs?
The first Huawei watch was released in 2015 and a successor followed two years later. Both of these watches were launched with Android Wear (now Wear OS), but the Huawei Watch 3 announced in June 2021, more than four years after the Huawei Watch 2, is ditching Google’s operating system for its own operating system. Harmony from the manufacturer.
The Huawei Watch 3 features a 1.43-inch 466 x 466 AMOLED display, stainless steel case and ceramic underside. It is available in one size (46mm) but is available in Classic, Active and Elite versions which differ depending on the straps and case finishes. Just because it doesn’t run on Wear OS doesn’t mean it’s not a fully-fledged smartwatch. Huawei’s Harmony OS is doing its best to replace Wear OS, and there is support for apps that can be installed from the App Gallery, although some popular apps may be missing. It also has an eSIM for calls and a built-in voice assistant called Celia.
Huawei hasn’t revealed the chipset that powers it, but the Watch 3 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, double what is available on most Wear OS watches. For its health and fitness features, it has heart rate sensor, blood oxygen measurement, skin temperature sensor, fall detection and Support for over 100 training modes, including water sports. It also has NFC, GNSS 4 satellites, Bluetooth 5.2, WLAN 2.4 GHz, barometer, compass and gyroscope. The battery life is 3 days but a battery saving mode can push it to 14 days.
Huawei Watch GT 3 – A cheaper Watch 3
The Watch GT 3 is a more affordable smartwatch with specifications and features that may seem toned down compared to the Watch 3. For starters, it comes in two sizes, a 46mm version with a 1.43 inch screen and a 42 mm version with a 1.32 inch screen. filter. The former has a tachometer and is available in the Active, Classic and Elite editions while the smaller with a more subtle design is available in the Active and Elegant editions (with leather or Milanese straps). Both are AMOLED touchscreens that can also be operated with the digital crown and a customizable secondary button, just like on the Huawei Watch 3.
The Watch GT 3 runs Harmony OS, replacing the Lite operating system on previous Watch GT watches. With the new operating system, the Watch GT 3 also supports apps from the App Gallery. However, there is only 32MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It also has a speaker and microphone for taking calls on the watch and the Celia voice assistant. It offers almost identical sports and health features as the Watch 3, with the exception of fall detection. It also has NFC, Bluetooth, GNSS 5 satellites with dual band chip, barometer, compass and gyroscope. Typical battery life is 14 days on the 46mm version and 7 days on the 42mm version (intensive use is 8 days and 4 days respectively). Like the Watch 3, they support wireless charging.
The Huawei GT Runner is like a sporty version of the 46mm Huawei Watch GT 3. It is specially designed for those who want a smartwatch that effectively tracks running exercises, which is the ârunnerâ in its name. Think of it as Huawei’s answer to the Garmin Forerunner line of smartwatches. It has a 1.43 inch AMOLED display but drops the stainless steel casing for reinforced polymer fiber which makes it lighter compared to the larger Huawei Watch GT 3.
Huawei Watch GT Runner – For runners
The main selling point of the watch is the professional running training system which has features like the ability to accurately assess running ability and use a metric called the Huawei Running Index to help runners to formulate training plans, improve performance and even predict the results of a race. To do this, it combines several data such as heart rate, pace, distance and frequency. It also has a “training load” feature which shows the effect of running exercises on the body, thus allowing users to avoid problems such as fatigue and injury.
Runtime data can also be shared with multiple platforms including Keep, Codoon, and Joyrun. If some of these apps are unfamiliar to you, it is because Watch GT Runner is exclusive to China and they are popular Chinese racing apps. Watch GT Runner runs Harmony OS with support for Huawei App Gallery apps, has 4GB of storage, all Watch GT 3 sensors except SpO2 and temperature sensors . There is a speaker and microphone for calls, NFC and Bluetooth. It also has a 5-satellite GNSS which Huawei says is faster due to the external floating design of the antenna which is hidden in the pods. The advantages are reduced interference and more precise positioning. The Watch GT Runner offers 14 days of battery life (7 days for heavy use) and supports wireless charging.
The big question is which of these three watches should you buy? The Watch 3, which has a starting price of â¬ 369 / Â£ 349 (~ $ 420), is positioning itself as an alternative to the Apple Watch or even Samsung’s own Galaxy Watch 4. It has features like drop detection, eSIM and enough RAM and storage for apps and audio files. However, some functions are only related to Android or Huawei phones. One example is the Huawei Share OneHop feature which allows you to take a photo with a phone and instantly use it as a watch face by simply tapping the phone against the clock. This feature only works on Huawei smartphones with NFC. In addition, the ability to also send an SOS SMS to an emergency contact after a fall is also only available on Android.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 is not only cheaper, starting at Â£ 209 / â¬ 229 (~ $ 258) for the 42mm version and Â£ 229 / â¬ 249 (~ $ 280) for the 46mm version, but it comes with several features. of the Watch 3 and offers superior battery life. There are also a few features that are exclusive to Android, such as syncing music with the watch. Another advantage is the fact that it is available in two sizes. The Huawei Watch GT Runner is for runners, so if it’s not an exercise you engage in, it certainly isn’t for them. It also costs more than the Watch GT 3 and is currently only available in China for 2,188 (~ Â£ 255 / â¬ 304 / $ 345), unlike the Huawei Watch 3 and Watch GT 3 which are sold in UK and Europe.
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