UPDATE 06-25-2021: Here are the local prices:
ORIGINAL ARTICLE 2-06-2021:
At a global event organized today on June 2, 2021, Huawei announced the launch of HarmonyOS, the operating system for smartphones, televisions, watches and Internet of Things products. The first wearable devices to adopt this OS are the Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro, two smartwatches with notable upgrades over their predecessors that opted for Lite OSes and emphasized the autonomy chapter. Find out what changes and what the watches have in store for us in the lines below!
Huawei Watch 3
The first model on the list is the vanilla one, namely the Huawei Watch 3, a watch that also brings visual upgrades compared to previous models in the Chinese company's portfolio. It opts for a rotating 3D crown button that is an intuitive way to navigate through UI elements, a button that works even when our fingers are wet or when we're wearing gloves. There is also another physical button placed on the right side of the watch face, used for selection.
We learn that Huawei also prioritized reducing the edges around the screen, which is what happened as you can see. Speaking of the screen, here we have an AMOLED panel with a diagonal of 1.43 inches, with a density of 326 ppi and which can reach a maximum brightness of 1000 nits, being very bright. We get tempered glass for protection, and related to the case, it is made of steel and has a ceramic back. There are 4 options you can choose from:
The watch offers us a pulse sensor with 24/7 monitoring, sleep monitoring and SpO2, but also a sensor to measure skin temperature. The great novelty is represented by the fact that the Huawei Watch 3 is a truly smart watch, offering WiFi connectivity and even access to the AppGallery application store from which we can install our favorite titles on the watch. There is also eSIM 4G support here, which means that we can use the watch on its own, without connecting it to a smartphone.
We can make and receive calls and access 4G data connections. Huawei Watch 3 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage to store your favorite music for playback via Bluetooth. The watch delivers 100 sports modes, there's also fall detection that uses the eSIM connection to send an SOS to preset contacts. We also have animated watch faces, and regarding autonomy, it reaches 3 days with active 4G or 14 days if we activate the Ultra-Long Lasting mode.
The watch features wireless charging, is compatible with Android or iOS phones and offers 5ATM certification for water and dust resistance. We also have GPS (Glonass, Galileo, Beidou), NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 LE, audio speaker, microphone. The watch measures 46.2 mm x 46.2 mm x 12.15 mm and weighs 45 grams.
Huawei Watch 3 Pro
In the case of the Huawei Watch 3 Pro, as you probably guessed, we are dealing with a watch that emphasizes premium materials. It offers exactly the same hardware as the vanilla variant, adopting a more classic look and a bezel around the screen. Here we have a body made of titanium, with a ceramic back and the screen has fixed sapphire glass protection like the Watch GT2 Pro.
There are other differences, such that the Pro variant has a dual-band GPS receiver (bands 1 and 5), which means it will provide more accurate positioning even in busy city environments. We also have greater autonomy, of 5 days with 4G activated or up to 21 days with the Ultra-Long Lasting mode activated.
As for prices, we learn that in China the Watch 3 model costs 334 euros, and the Watch 3 Pro reaches 423 euros.