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Huawei Watch GT3 Review: An Affordable Smartwatch With Plenty To Love About!

While most Huawei fans in Singapore are understandably hyped up with the imminent launch of the company’s flagship P50 Pro in the local market, but let’s not forget that the company has also recently launched the brand new Huawei Watch GT3 which will soon be available for pre-order in the country from now till December 17th.

Similar to it’s flagship ”P” and ”Mate” series smartphones, the company’s premium line of smartwatches have every reasons for us to anticipate their launch especially with all the new exciting features and upgrades we get to see in each iteration.

Having thoroughly impressed by it’s recent top-of-the-line Huawei Watch 3 Pro (Review), it’s not surprising that I’m probably more excited than anyone else in checking out what the new Huawei Watch GT3 has in store for us.

But before we kick off this review proper, do be reminded that the new Huawei Watch GT3 is a successor to the 2019’s Watch GT2, instead of the Watch GT2 Pro (Review) which was launched last year.

Design: Classy Or Sporty, You Choose!

Right off the bat, the new Watch GT3 is available in two different sizes: 42mm and 46mm. For the 42mm version, it comes in two different flavours including an Elegant Edition model as well as a more sporty-looking Active Edition model.

Huawei Watch GT3 42mm Active & Elegant Edition

Those who favor a more fashionable design will definitely fall in love with the Elegant Edition that dons a gold-colored casing matched with a premium white leather strap which kind of reminds me of the Huawei Watch Fit Elegant Edition (Review).

Just like the Watch Fit Elegant, this model appeals more toward the ladies and goes well with pretty much any casual or formal outfit. In fact, I would say that the Huawei Watch GT3 elegant Edition is among the best-looking women-centric smartwatch I have seen so far.

Huawei Watch GT3 42mm Elegant & Active Edition -1

However, if you’re one of those who frequently engage in sporting activities, then the Active Edition probably fits the bill better since it comes with a more durable fluoroelastomer strap which also impress with it’s water resistance property.

Design-wise, the Huawei Watch GT3 Active Edition features a black-colored casing along with a similar colored strap that gives the watch a stealthy and yet sporty appearance. Anyway, the watch itself actually has a quick-release mechanism which allows the strap to be easily removed. Therefore, you can easily swap it with another strap of your choice to match your outfit or activities.

Coming to the 46mm version, Huawei also launched it in two different models namely Classic Edition and Active Edition. For the Classic Edition, it’s kind of similar to the Elegant Edition which focuses more toward fashion and style.

Huawei Watch GT3 46mm Classic & Active Edition

On the outside, the Huawei Watch GT3 Classic Edition dons a really classy design which most probably reminds you of those Swiss-made luxury watches. That might sounds a bit of an exaggeration, but I believe most would agree once they get a glance of it in real life.

Huawei Watch GT 3 46mm Brown

One thing that sets the Huawei Watch GT3 46mm apart from it’s 42mm counterpart is the presence of a chronograph-style ring that surrounds it’s touch display. While it’s true that this feature only comes in handy for certain watch faces, but it’s undeniable that it makes the overall design looks even better.

Huawei Watch GT 3 46mm Active Edition

As for the Watch GT3 46mm Active Edition, it features a black-colored casing and fluoroelastomer strap which looks more understated on the outside – just like it’s smaller sibling.

Handling: Great, As Usual!

The case body of both the 42mm and 46mm models are made from high-quality stainless steel that’s tough enough to take a couple of knocks. However, it switched to plastic material on the underside of the watch which feels comfortable and gentle on the skin.

In day-to-day usage, both the leather and fluoroelastomer straps do offer a pleasant wearing experience even when you’re wearing the watch throughout a day or during a workout. Most importantly, they offer sufficient grip to keep the watch in place when doing strong movements during a workout.

While both models have pretty much the same calibre to serve an average user, but as I mentioned in the earlier part of the review, the Active Edition will be a perfect option for those who frequently engage in sporting activities.

Besides being an excellent companion for water sports, it’s black-colored casing and strap also does a better job in hiding all those unsightly smudges or dirt as compared to a glossy silver watch case with white leather strap. In short, the Active Edition model gets all the outer elements right as a sport-centric smartwatch.

Display: Probably The Best In The Segment

The new Huawei Watch GT3 boasts a gorgeous AMOLED display which measures 1.32” and 1.43” respectively for the 42mm and 46mm models. It offers plenty of sharpness with an impressive 466 x 466 pixels screen resolution which is among the highest within the price range.

Also, the display is able to get really bright thanks to it’s 800 nits peak brightness that keeps the screen legible even when you’re under bright sunlight. That’s really important for those who does outdoor activities frequently like hiking and etc.

Huawei Watch GT3 Display Brightness
Huawei Watch GT3 offers sufficient brightness to keep it’s screen legible in bright environment

Apart from all those goodies, it also features other high-end display specs including a reliable auto-brightness feature as well as support for always-on display with a good selection of AOD styles to pick from.

Coming to the software-side, the Huawei Watch GT3 is the second batch of Huawei smartwatch (after the Watch 3 series) to be launched with the company’s in-house HarmonyOS instead of LiteOS.

Huawei Watch GT3 HarmonyOS
HarmonyOS Grid-Style Menu

As I mentioned in my recent Watch 3 Pro review, I really love the new Grid-style menu in HarmonyOS which not only makes interaction with the watch more lively, but it’s default 3 x 3 layout is also more intuitive for user to look for any particular app.

To further improve interaction on the new HarmonyOS, the Huawei Watch GT3 has a rotatable digital crown affixed to the right edge of the watch which can be used to zoom in and out of the grid, or to scroll through a list.

Similarly, there’s also an oblong-shaped button situated slightly below it’s digital crown which by default, serves as a quick shortcut for list of workout modes. Otherwise, you can also map this button to other function or feature via the watch setting.

Depending on the region you’re residing, the Huawei Watch GT3 is also pre-installed with an app marketplace known as AppGallery where you can download apps (including third-party’s) directly onto the watch. That means you no longer need to download and sync apps from your phone over to the watch.

Even though AppGallery for wearables is still a pretty new feature, but we’ve seen it’s growth over the past six months as more variety of apps are added to the marketplace every passing month.

Before I forget, the new Huawei Watch GT3 is compatible with any smartphones running on HarmonyOS 2 (or later), Android 6.0 (or later), as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 (or later).

Features: Everything You Need Under The Hood

Huawei’s smartwatches have never failed to impress when it comes to the features they offer under the hood. The new Huawei Watch GT3 is certainly no exception in this aspect.

For health monitoring, the Huawei Watch GT3 has all the most commonly used features that include stuffs like 24hr heart rate monitoring, around-the-clock SpO2 measurement, stress levels monitoring, sleep tracking, daily calories burnt, as well as steps tracking.

Huawei Watch GT3 Heart Rate Monitoring

What’s different however, is the adoption of the new TruSeen 5.0+ sensor which doubles the count of photodiodes from four to eight, and the number of light source from one to two. This further improves the accuracy of important health metrics such as heart rate and SpO2 measurements which are crucial in today’s pandemic.

The readings from the measurements taken on the Huawei Watch GT3 are pretty much in sync with those gotten on the Huawei Watch 3 Pro. However, the difference became more apparent when I compared them with last year’s GT2 Pro.

Huawei Watch GT3 Skin Temperature Measurement
The skin temperature measurement feature is something new for Huawei’s smartwatches

Apart from the new TruSeen 5.0+ sensor, Huawei also brought in another handy feature known as skin temperature measurement which measures the surface temperature of your skin which could help to identify potential sign of fever or heat stroke whenever there’s an abrupt rise in temperature.

Huawei Watch GT3 Workout Modes

To support your workout routine, the Huawei Watch GT3 is packed with a good selection of workout modes including all the standard ones like outdoor run, indoor run, outdoor walk, indoor walk, outdoor cycling, indoor cycling, pool swim, open water swim and hiking.

Also, I’m glad that outdoor tracking works like a charm on the watch with the adoption of Dual-Band Five-System GNSS which supports GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS satellite systems which greatly improve the strength and stability of outdoor positioning signals.

On top of that, it comes with a feature known as Route Back Navigation which can guide you back to the starting point if you happen to lose direction. Otherwise, you can also share the travel route with your family or friends.

Battery Life: Outstanding Endurance

One of the key aspects that I really love about the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro and Watch 3 Pro is the outstanding battery life that these watches offer over their competitors. Therefore, it doesn’t came as a surprise that the new Watch GT3 performs exceptionally well in this department too.

According to Huawei, the Huawei Watch GT3 46mm is able to offer up to two-week battery life under typical usage, while the Watch GT3 42mm can last up to a week under the same usage condition.

Those numbers are proven to be pretty accurate during my own testing of the Watch GT3 46mm and 42mm. However, under heavier usage condition, you may find the battery life drops to around 8 days and 4 days respectively.

Of course, if you turn on other unessential features like AOD display, then you can well expect the battery life to dip even more. Otherwise, you can easily get a week’s worth of battery life on both models.

Verdict

The Huawei Watch GT3 is a solid, all-rounder smartwatch for both casual and advance users. Despite it’s low-price, the Watch GT3 is geared with plenty of premium features which we typically find only among high-end smartwatches such as it’s Dual-Band Five-System GNSS support for precise outdoor positioning.

However, apart from all it’s standout features, the biggest upgrade on the Watch GT3 over it’s predecessor is perhaps the adoption of HarmonyOS which works superbly well on a small-screen device thanks to it’s intuitive and interactive UI which makes navigation way easier than before.

For those who’re interested, the Huawei Watch GT3 42mm and Watch GT3 46mm are priced at S$298 and S$348 respectively in Singapore. The device is available for pre-order from now till December 17th via both Shopee and Lazada.

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