Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro arrives with 4G connectivity and HarmonyOS
Huawei has renewed its range of smartwatches. It has done so by presenting the new Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro, two models that arrive very well-armed but that above all stand out for two differential characteristics.
The first, being based on HarmonyOS 2, the operating system that the company now definitively promotes and that becomes the norm after the veto of the United States and Google. The second, its 4G connectivity, which allows it to be used completely independently of the phone, something always interesting.
Features of Huawei Watch 3:
Huawei watches comes with the round design which departs from the sporty lines.
The case is made of 316L aluminium, and minimalist lines are used without fanfare. In this design, the rotating crown with which we can control various interface options stands out, although the touch screen will of course be the other great interaction element.
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At the bottom, we have a physical button to complement this interaction, and the watch also has a haptic response system that, for example, will serve for alarms and notifications.
Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro also have 22 mm silicone (Active), leather (Classic) or titanium (Elite) straps. This will allow us to provide the watches with different “finishes” to adapt them to each situation and personalize ourselves to our taste.
Huawei Watch 3 Pro differs by being somewhat larger, but it is also equipped with a sapphire crystal, titanium body and ceramic back (the latter is also present in the Watch 3) that make it especially safe against falls. It also has a dual-channel GPS receiver that offers more precision than the standard model.
In the world of smartwatches, physical activity monitoring is now the absolute protagonist of the use of these devices. Huawei has certainly followed this trend in its devices.
That is true again in the Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro, which has stress, sleep and heart rate monitoring, but is also capable of monitoring SpO2 levels continuously.
To all this is added the detection of falls, which can activate emergency calls, a very interesting function for the elderly or people with physical problems.
In these models Huawei even highlights the presence of a temperature sensor to measure the temperature of the skin in real-time. Something focused on warning of possible infections or even a potential contagion of COVID-19.
All these functions are complemented by the monitoring of sports activities: in the Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro we have support for up to 100 sports modes, 17 professional modes and up to 85 custom modes, which means that we can monitor virtually any physical activity for recording those exercise and sport sessions.
These watches also boast a more than decent battery: the Huawei Watch 3 offers up to three days of autonomy if we use 4G connectivity, but in low consumption mode it can reach two weeks of autonomy. His older brother goes a little further, with up to 5 and 21 days respectively in those two scenarios.
HarmonyOS takes control
Huawei’s operating system had made a timid appearance in some products in its huge catalogue. But from now on HarmonyOS 2 will be the norm and not the exception.
That is clear in these watches, which will also be governed by HarmonyOS 2. This operating system adapts to these smartwatches in a seemingly remarkable way and offers some striking options.
For example, we have a “grid launcher”, a launcher that shows the application icons and that will allow you to zoom in and out to be able to select the desired one. The idea is very reminiscent of the Apple Watch interface in that area.
Here the possibility of installing applications directly from Huawei’s App Gallery is particularly relevant, which avoids (if we want) having to install applications from a mobile phone.
Animated spheres are another of the highlights of HarmonyOS 2 in these watches and will one more customization element for Huawei’s proposal.
Celia voice assistant is also an integral part of that user experience and will allow the user to control certain sections (multimedia playback, request weather information, make calls) of the smartwatch directly with their voice.
There is even support for gesture recognition technology, which will allow us, for example, to pick up the call or reject it with a specific movement of the hand.
Huawei Watch 3 connectivity
Another of the main elements of these Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro is its support for 4G networks. This support comes from the hand of eSIM compatibility. It allows us to associate a mobile number with the phone to be able to use mobile data networks as we would on our smartphone.
This option that already exists in other smartwatches achieves the same both in them and in the new Huawei models: it frees us from the smartphone. The smartwatch is no longer “an accessory” to become a device with more entity.
Thus, we can install applications, make voice calls or answer messages without depending on the mobile. The same happens with the possibility of enjoying music streaming services or podcasts. For example, we are going to run: we can do it directly from the clock, without more.
It will be possible to make video calls with the new smartwatches. Although we will see the video of the person we are talking to. The watch does not have a webcam integrated: we will see (and hear) that person.
Huawei Watch 3 Price and availability
Huawei has indicated that the new Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro will be available from June 18 in Germany. There the prices will be the following:
Huawei Watch 3 Active: 369 euros
Watch 3 Classic / Fashion: 399 euros
Huawei Watch 3 Elite: 449 euros
Watch 3 Pro Classic: 499 euros
Huawei Watch 3 Pro Elite: 599 euros
Prices and availability dates will same in Spain, but we are awaiting official confirmation.
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