Huawei launches the Watch GT and Band 3 Pro:  a brand new smartwatch OS and updated fitness tracker

Huawei launches the Watch GT and Band 3 Pro: a brand new smartwatch OS and updated fitness tracker

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Earlier today, Huawei took the wraps off the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Mate 20 X. Huawei has also announced the Watch GT running Light OS, a new home-grown watch operating system and the Band 3 Pro, Huawei’s refreshed and updated fitness tracker for the masses.

The Huawei Watch GT will retail for 199 and 249 for the Sport and Classic versions, respectively, while the Band 3 Pro will retail for 99.

Huawei Watch GT

In a move that will disappoint Wear OS fans and perhaps hammers another nail into Wear OS’ coffin, Huawei’s new flagship smartwatch is based on the company’s in-house Light OS platform.

In a single charge, Huawei boasts that its new Watch GT will give you two weeks of battery life, including heart-rate monitoring with high and low intensity. If you turn off GPS tracking and heart-rate monitoring, Huawei tells us the Watch GT will last 30 days for message and call notifications.

If you’re an ultra-marathoner and you fancy a smartwatch, perhaps the Watch GT is for you. Huawei boasts 22 hours of continuous exercise trackingand that includes GPS tracking and heart-rate monitoring with its six LEDs on the rear.

All of these smartwatch features are fairly standard, and the stainless steel/ceramic design is pretty nondescript, but underneath is a novel dual-chip architecture. One low-speed chip for basic tasks and the second for high-intensity tasks. It also comes with some well-recognized smartwatch features like sleep pattern recognition, though it’s questionable how effective this will be.

The Watch GT seems like a true jack-of-all-trades with fitness-tracking chops too, but basing it on a new watch OS could make or break the Watch GT, so only real-life use can tell us how well the Watch GT performs as a smartwatch. In Huawei’s (scripted) demonstration, the watch OS didn’t stand out as funky or different, and in fact looked very much like Wear OS. I’m cautiously optimistic about the Watch GT.

Huawei Band 3 Pro

Unlike the Watch GT, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is an evolution rather than a revolution. It has similar features to the watch but has the same form-factor as a fitness tracker like last year’s Band 2 Pro. It has a 0.95 inch AMOLED touchscreen, and frankly looks almost identical to last year’s Band 2 Pro, and Huawei says the tracker will last for up to 20 days of normal use. Notably absent from today’s line-up is a non-Pro Band 3.

As mentioned above, the Huawei Watch GT will retail for 199 and 249 for the Sport and Classic versions, respectively, while the Band 3 Pro will retail for 99. Release date was not shared at the time of this event.