Huawei has announced its first smartwatches running its HarmonyOS operating system, the Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro. This is in theory the third separate operating system Huawei has used for its smartwatches, which Originally ran on Google’s Android Wear (Now Wear OS) Before Offering Your Own LightOS software With more recent equipment.
Despite the new OS, the Watch 3 offers a similar set of features to Huawei’s previous wearables. New additions include a redesigned home screen that now includes a watchOS-style grid of apps instead of a list (though you’re free to switch back to a list if you wish), and Huawei’s own MeeTime There is also support for video calling through the medium. Service.
Although it’s branded as a HarmonyOS device, the Watch 3’s long battery life suggests that its operating system HarmonyOS is quite different from the version used on Huawei’s new tablets, and is compatible with LiteOS on its previous watches. can be more than Huawei did not respond to questions about any similarities between HarmonyOS and its current operating system.
The design of the Watch 3 is not much different from the previous smartwatches from Huawei. It features a circular 1.43-inch OLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. The display is edge-to-edge, so there is no rotating bezel on this smartwatch. Instead you control it via a rotating crown, similar to the Apple Watch. The watch is available in two different styles, including an “Active” model with a rubber strap, a “Classic” model with leather, and an “Elite” version with a metal bracelet.
For activity tracking, the watch has several sensors similar to the previous model, including heart rate tracking, a Sp02 sensor, and sleep tracking. But new to this version is a temperature sensor, as Fitbit’s Sense Smartwatch since last year. Huawei says that this sensor can continuously track your skin temperature throughout the day. Huawei says the watch supports a hundred different workout modes, from running to climbing, cycling, and swimming.
The Watch 2 Pro brings back eSIM support, which means the Watch 3 can be operated independently even from a phone with its 4G LTE connection. The watch supports making direct voice calls, and there’s also support for video calls via Huawei’s MeTime service (though there was no confirmation on whether the watch would work with other video calling services like WhatsApp).
With 4G turned on, Huawei says you should get about three days of battery life out of the Watch 3, but if you want to turn off 4G and use the phone in “ultra long lasting mode” It extends to 14 days. Even in this low-power mode, Huawei says you should still be able to track your activity and workouts, and its watch faces will still be animated. When it comes time to charge, the Watch 3 supports Qi wireless charging.
Alongside the Watch 3, Huawei is also announcing the Watch 3 Pro today, which offers up to 5 days of battery life with 4G turned on, and up to 21 days in its Long Battery Life mode. Other improvements include more premium titanium construction and more accurate GPS tracking.
Third-party app support is still a big question mark on Huawei’s first HarmonyOS watches. As always, Huawei has promised that it is working with developers to bring its app to its devices, and showed off a range of app logos, including one for Emirates airline. But other than that, there was no app logo for the services I identified, and Huawei hasn’t confirmed support from any of the major music streaming services.
The Huawei Watch 3 will cost £349.99 in the UK, where it will be released on June 18. Meanwhile, the Huawei Watch 3 Pro will cost £499.99 and will be available in the country from June 28.
UPDATE June 2nd, 8:39AM ET: UK pricing and release information added.
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