Huawei announced the global arrival of the Watch GT 3 Pro last month in Milan, the fashion capital of Europe. It’s the company’s flagship for 2022 and it’s definitely one of the best looking smart watches ever made. It was introduced in two sizes and we both had the opportunity to try it out for this review.
After weeks of testing, we are now ready to share our impressions of the Watch GT 3 Pro, so buckle up.
We had a titanium version of the 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro and a ceramic 43mm unit with a gold frame. Both variants look extremely premium and classy. The larger version has a metal body, while the smaller one comes only with a ceramic body that can be fitted with a matching ceramic strap or white leather strap.
Design and build
The Titanium version supports standard 22mm straps and the one you get in the box is very similar to what the Watch 3 Pro series had. It has a folding clasp that is very easy to operate. The strap can be adjusted for larger wrists, while Huawei provides three extra elements to extend the length.
The Ceramic 43 mm version has 20 mm straps. It looks really impressive, and even though the golden accent on our version will not be a cup of tea for everyone, its amazing quality of workmanship is sure to attract the right kind of attention.
The white ceramic tape is just as eye-catching. It was manufactured at extremely high temperatures of 1500 degrees Celsius and the surface was finished with diamond powder polishing to achieve a smooth and flawless texture.
The body of the watch is made of white nanoceramics, while the sapphire crystal on the upper side is practically immune to scratches and damage.
The buckle is a classic bow tie and, as with its larger sibling, there are three extra elements to extend the length of the strap. Unlike the Titanium version, however, you have to use a tiny screwdriver for the microscopic screws here, so you have to be very careful not to lose them.
Both versions of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro have two buttons on the side – at the top is a rotating crown, at the bottom is a simple button at first glance. In fact, it has a conductive surface, which is key to enabling ECG functionality. Charging is standard Qi wireless, but if you do not plan to disconnect one end of the tape each time, you may need to stick with the magnetic charger provided in the retail box.
The Watch GT 3 Pro runs on Harmony OS 2.0 like most of today’s wearable devices. However, the operating system has been modified to support several new features.
The watch comes with an ECG (electrocardiogram) sensor that measures heart rate. This includes real-time analysis, sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation, premature atrial and ventricular heart rate reminders, and helps you stay aware of all the risks associated with heart health.
On paper, everything sounds fantastic, but Huawei has not yet obtained the required certifications to activate this feature, so it does not work in Europe at the moment. The company is working to obtain approval in Germany and Italy, which will open the door for further expansion in other EU member states.
We have already mentioned that the lower key is conductive, and this is needed to close the electrical circuit passing through the body. So far, we could only measure the detection of arterial stiffness, and Watch said the measurement was “normal.” Yes, we!
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro connects to any smartphone via Bluetooth. He has no cellular support, which is probably the main difference between him and Watch 3 Pro. It integrates with a selection of third-party applications downloaded from the AppGallery on your phone and can also be used as a handsfree for receiving calls.
There are many features and sensors that measure sleep quality, SpO2 levels and heart rate, as we expected from Huawei Watch today.
Watch GT 3 Pro supports the available “over 100 workout” modes and the latest is free diving. In addition to the standard IP68 and 5 ATM ratings, this watch “withstood a staggering 200 water pressure cycles” and theoretically supports free dives up to a depth of 30 meters.
Yes, it’s nice that Huawei has been able to develop a wearable device for such high pressure scenarios, although we’re not sure how accurate and useful this can be for this particular activity.
In fact, despite the very comfortable fit, the Watch GT3 Pro is pretty heavy in both versions and we’re not sure many would like to take it to running or to the gym (where it will be very little useful like any other smart watch). It fits better in more formal environments, where its perfect design and selection of beautiful dials will really help you stand out.
In such environments, it will be a good idea to forward notifications from your phone to your wrist, although this is a bit limited in terms of what you can do with them. Some pre-entered answers are as good as they can be, and it’s not available for all applications either.
Still for most people who read the announcement and then know if you have to reach for the phone or not. In several supported countries, you also get gadgets such as weather updates, sunrise and sunset times, moon phases and a Huawei wallet.
This is another great thing about the Watch GT 3 Pro besides their looks. Huawei has equipped a 46mm version with 530mAh batteries, while the 43mm version has a 292mAh battery.
46mm GT 3 Pro lasts a very impressive 13 days with a constant heart rate, skin temperature and sleep monitoring. We’ve left SpO2 monitoring and stress testing turned off, as these features will be of little practical use to the vast majority of users.
Turning them on will shorten battery life by approximately one and a half days, which still means you will need to recharge it once every 11 or 12 days.
If you decide to take a 46mm GT 3 Pro and do four hours of GPS training per week, the battery life will be reduced to 8 days.
All these numbers were reached with Always On Display off. The wake-up gesture is quick and reliable, so you may want it to stay that way. Nevertheless, if you prefer AoD, you will get approximately 6.5 days of battery life in the first test scenario with only a few sensors turned on, and approximately 4 days for the most difficult training use.
The 43mm variant of the smaller Watch GT 3 Pro battery, of course, cannot match the endurance of the 46mm version. However, even that can easily survive most smart watches.
Without AoD and only with heart rate monitoring between sensors on, you get 8 days between charges, which is great. Turning on AoD reduces endurance to four days.
Huawei does not announce the brightness levels of its 1.43 ”AMOLED (1.32” in the Ceramic version), but it is bright enough to withstand even the brightest sun.
Charging the 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro from 0 to 100% takes 110 minutes, which is longer than Huawei promises for 85 minutes, but since a 30-minute charge will give you 39% charge, which usually lasts for several days, it’s not a big deal. .
The 43mm variant takes about 80 minutes from 0 to 100%.
Because the devices support wireless charging, they work with any Qi charger. However, most chargers are too large, so you will need to unplug one end of the strap to place the Watch GT 3 Pro on it.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro offers a compelling feature set, but it’s the battery life and design that really sets them apart. The watch looks impressive, has an amazing workmanship and is really comfortable.
When you consider the type of materials you buy, and especially the super durable sapphire crystal, its price really sounds like a good deal. There are not so many classic watches with sapphire crystal, which cost so much, and there are practically none among them.
The 46mm GT 3 Pro watch starts at € 369 with a leather strap, while the entire Titanium package costs € 499. In the rare twist, the smaller 43mm version is actually more expensive. The ceramic white body without accents and the white leather strap will cost you € 499. The one with the gold frame and ceramic belt costs 599 EUR.
It is worth noting Huawei often sells its premium devices with many benefits and in many markets you can get free Freebuds Pro or Freebuds Lipstick and also a one-year membership in Adidas Running. These will certainly help to further sweeten the store, especially if you happen to need the equipment offered in your particular market.
All that has been said, we can strongly recommend the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. It’s not the cheapest or smartest wearable device, but its unrivaled looks and battery life, combined with reliable notification delivery, make it the best wearable device for a huge group of people. And thanks to premium materials, it will retain its appearance for a long time.