Huawei unveils its first premium smartwatch running HarmonyOS

Huawei unveils its first premium smartwatch running HarmonyOS

At its HarmonyOS launch event yesterday, Huawei showcased a range of new hardware running its brand new OS, including two premium MatePad tablets. Alongside these tablets, the company also unveiled two new smartwatches, dubbed Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro. It’s been a while since we saw a smartwatch from Huawei — in fact, the last time the company released a smartwatch, the Huawei GT series, was like three years ago.

Huawei Wach 3 and Watch 3 Pro: Specifications

SpecificationHuawei Watch 3Huawei Watch 3 Pro
Dimensions, Weight, build
  • 46.2 x 46.2 x 12.15 mm
  • 54g (without strap)
  • Stainless steel + ceramic
  • 48 x 49.6 x 14 mm
  • 63g (without strap)
  • Titanium + ceramic
Display
  • 1.43-inch AMOLED color display
  • 466 x 466, 326PPI
  • Supports full-screen touch operations, including sliding, tapping, and long-pressing
  • 1.43-inch AMOLED color display
  • 466 x 466, 326PPI
  • Supports full-screen touch operations, including sliding, tapping, and long-pressing
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyro sensor
  • Geomagnetic sensor
  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Barometric pressure sensor
  • Body temperature sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyro sensor
  • Geomagnetic sensor
  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Barometric pressure sensor
  • Body temperature sensor
RAM & Storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
Battery & Charging
  • Up to 3 days of battery  (Smart mode)
  • Up to 14 days of battery (Ultra-long battery life mode)
  • Wireless charging support
  • Up to 5 days of battery  (Smart mode)
  • Up to 21 days of battery (Ultra-long battery life mode)
  • Wireless charging support
Software
  • HarmonyOS 2.0
  • Compatible with Android 6.0+ and iOS 9.0+
  • HarmonyOS 2.0
  • Compatible with Android 6.0+ and iOS 9.0+
Other features
  • eSIM with 4G
  • Voice calling support
  • 5 ATM water resistance
  • GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou and QZSS.

Huawei Watch 3

The standard Huawei Watch 3 features a circular dial with a curved glass screen and 316L stainless steel casing. It has a 1.43-inch curved AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1000nits and 326ppi. The watch has a new 3D rotating crown which Huawei says senses different levels of pressure and provides haptic feedback in response to user input. There are four different designs to choose from: Active (rubber strap), Classic (leather strap), Elite (Metal strap), and Classic (Milanese band).

Huawei Watch 3 shown in three variants. From the right: Silicone variant, Leather variant and stainless steel model.

The Watch 3 comes equipped with an array of sensors, including a heart rate sensor and SpO2 sensor, skin temperature sensor, ambient light sensor, and more. And as you would expect from any modern smartwatch, the watch can also track your sleep as well as stress level. The watch packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage, however, Huawei didn’t specify the chipset.

Other notables of the Huawei Watch 3 include eSIM with 4G support, over 100 sports modes, built-in GPS, 5 ATM water resistance, and wireless charging support. As for battery life, Huawei claims the Huawei Watch 3 lasts up to 3 days in smart mode and up to 14 days when used in ultra-long battery life mode.

The smartwatch runs HarmonyOS 2.0, and it also includes Huawei’s AppGallery store, allowing users to install HarmonyOS apps directly on their smartwatch.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro

The Huawei Watch 3 Pro is more or less the same as the standard model but features a more premium design and longer battery life. It’s made out of titanium and has sapphire glass protecting the display. The Huawei Watch 3 Pro is rated to last up to 5 days with 4G-enabled and up to 21 days in the battery saver mode.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro in two variants

 

Pricing & Availability

The Huawei Watch 3 goes on sale in China on June 11 at a starting price of CNY 2,600 (~$410). Meanwhile, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro will be available at a starting price of CNY 3,300 (~$515). Both watches can be pre-ordered today. There’s no word on a global launch yet.

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