Historically, the Huawei Watch GT series has been all about battery, but in recent years, the brand’s long-lasting smartwatches have been showcasing fashion and fitness muscle, too. The latest in a long line of GT watches, the Watch GT 3 Pro comes in two flavors: titanium and a smaller option – ceramic.
In the past, we liked the Huawei GT watches a lot. Huawei software is compatible with both Android and iOS. Although iPhone users don’t get all the perks that Android users do—no support for third-party apps, for example—Huawei can still do what Apple and Samsung don’t, creating a premium smartwatch line that isn’t hardware dependent. .
It would be a mistake to expect Apple Watch style functionality from the new GT3 Pro watches. To get to the two-week battery life, Huawei’s Harmony OS interface has been stripped, so while you track a lot of your workouts, apps like Audible and Spotify, which run on Apple WatchOS, won’t work on the watch.
Can you really justify spending hundreds on a watch that missed out on killer app support, or does the GT 3 Pro with its super battery and classic design strike a balance between “smart” and “watch”?
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro price and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition costs £299.99 (around $370 / AU$530) and will be available from May 30, 2022, with pre-orders starting May 18.
Interestingly, the smaller version of the Watch GT 3 Pro – the ceramic version, costs more than the larger version in titanium with a recommended retail price of £429.99 (about $530 / AU$750). In addition to being more pricier, it’s also available a little later – June 8, with pre-orders beginning May 18.
In the UK, both versions will be available from Huawei Store and select retailers including Amazon and Currys.
In addition to the Watch GT 3 Pro, Huawei has also launched the Huawei WatchFit 2, a watch in the name but an inherently fitness tracker that misses out on some of the smartest of its pricier siblings. It costs £129.99, which is more budget-friendly than the GT 3 Pro.
Design and display
Starting with the Titanium version, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro has a wide 1.43-inch AMOLED display. With a resolution of 466 x 466, it’s as sharp as things for a smartwatch, and looks great, especially with some of the pre-installed black watch faces that snag the edges, giving the illusion of a full-screen interface.
As for its design, the GT3 Pro’s case in titanium is brushed to a matte finish that looks rich, with strong ties that can avoid stress on hairy forearms.
The GT 3 Pro’s display is made of sapphire glass, so it should be durable, while the back of the watch is made of ceramic for added durability.
Slightly thinner than last year’s Watch GT 2 Pro, the GT 3 Pro is big and bold without feeling heavy. There is a rotating crown on the right side with a button with shortcuts to track your workout.
As for the ceramic version, the smaller GT 3 Pro links in a glossy white, with a chassis that carries ceramic forward across the sides and back, matched by a sapphire glass display.
Despite its smaller screen, which is 1.32 inches, the resolution of the Ceramic Edition GT 3 Pro matches that of its older sister – 466 x 466. This makes its screen slightly sharper than that of the Titanium version.
We’re fans of how the titanium watch looks in particular, as its classic design is likely to win over traditionalists as well as lovers of premium technology. The ceramic version is a bit heavy—all those ceramic connections aren’t light, even if they feel premium, and the design might divide opinions with its less classic look.
performance and software
Running an operating system Huawei calls HarmonyOS, the Watch GT 3 Pro features the evolution of the user interface found in the original Huawei Watch GT, which is the smart (ish) user interface of the watch.
Unlike the original GT, the GT 3 Pro’s interface is seriously responsive, and it supports quite a few third-party apps – although the app experience hasn’t changed on first impression since the GT 3 was launched, which means it’s not great. However, the operating system’s fitness tracking functionality is extensive.
With support for both Android and iOS smartphones, Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is one of the few premium smartwatches that works across Apple and Google platforms. It connects by pairing the Huawei Health app with the watch, and through the app, you can download new watch faces, update software, and get a big screen view of your health.
Huawei has launched an updated version of the Health app along with the Watch GT 3 Pro – Huawei Health +. The upgraded service includes exercise videos, diet tracking, and advice. With plans to launch in Germany and Italy in June, it’s available in beta now.
Even without Huawei Health+, the watch comes loaded with some solid fitness credentials. For starters, it brings free depth sensing up to 30m, with apnea training and breathing guidance. It also has the most accurate GPS on any Huawei smartwatch to date, and our brief tests were quick to locate us before walking in.
Just like the GT3 before it, the GT3 Pro supports over 100 workout modes, and now includes syncing with workout apps like Strava, Runtastic, and Komoot.
While electrocardiogram (ECG) technology was introduced to the line over a year ago, due to certification issues, it is only available in a few areas. This is still not available in the UK, but when the certification expires, a software update will unleash this feature.
Additional tracking includes all-day monitoring of SpO2, heart rate, stress levels, temperature, stress levels, and more metrics.
There is a lot to be said to keep things simple. We like the fact that Huawei’s GT series gets its functionality back in favor of a long battery life. With the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition lasting two weeks, and the ceramic version lasting one week, the line feels a bit more like a traditional watch than it does competitors from Apple and Samsung — and that’s a good thing.
With fewer features and worse app support than the similarly priced competition, great battery life obviously comes with a trade-off.
It’s exciting that Huawei is expanding its range when it comes to functionality and design, giving us all more options when it comes to the right device for us. Huawei does a lot right – the watch works with both Android and iOS, and trying out the software is mostly a good one. It remains to be seen if Huawei has done enough and made the Watch GT 3 Pro the best smartwatch of 2022.