Huawei said last month in Milan, Europe’s fashion capital, that the Watch GT 3 Pro would soon be available all over the world. It is the company’s most important wearable for 2022, and it is also one of the best-looking smartwatches ever made. It came out in two sizes, and for this review, we got to try both of them.
After putting the Watch GT 3 Pro through its paces for weeks, we’re now ready to tell you what we think of it, so hold on tight.
We had the 46mm Titanium Watch GT 3 Pro and the 43mm Ceramic Watch GT 3 Pro with a gold bezel. Both versions look very expensive and stylish. The body of the bigger one is made of metal, while the body of the smaller one is made of ceramic and comes with either a ceramic band or a white leather band.
Design and build
Standard 22mm straps can be used with the Titanium version, and the strap that comes with it is very similar to the one that came with the Watch 3 Pro series. It has an easy-to-use clasp that lets it fold up. Huawei gives three extra pieces that can be added to the strap to make it longer for people with bigger wrists.
The Ceramic 43mm version takes 20mm straps. It looks truly impressive and while the gold accent on our version won’t be everyone’s cup of tea its amazing build quality will certainly gather the right kind of attention.
The white ceramic band is equally eye-catching. It was crafted at extreme high temperatures of 1500 degrees Celsius and the surface was finished with a diamond powder polish to achieve a smooth, flawless texture.
The body of the watch is made of white nano-ceramics, and the sapphire glass on top is almost impossible to scratch or break.
The clasp is a classic butterfly, and just like its bigger sibling, there are three extra pieces that add to the length of the band. But unlike the Titanium version, here you have to use a tiny screwdriver for the microscopic screws, so you have to be very careful not to lose them. The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro has two buttons on each side. The top one is a rotating crown, and the bottom one looks like a simple button at first glance. In fact, the surface is conductive, which is a key part of making the ECG work. Standard Qi wireless charging is used, but if you don’t want to take off one end of the band every time you charge the watch, you should use the charger that comes with the box.
As with most of the company’s wearables these days, the Watch GT 3 Pro runs on Harmony OS 2.0. But the operating system has been changed to work with a few new features.
The watch has a sensor called an ECG (Electrocardiogram) that can measure the rhythm of the heart. This includes real-time analysis, sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation, reminders for early atrial and ventricular beats, and keeping you aware of any risks to your heart health. Any smartphone can connect to the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro using Bluetooth. It does not have cellular support, which is probably the biggest difference between it and the Watch 3 Pro. It works with a number of third-party apps that can be downloaded from the phone’s AppGallery, and it can also be used as a hands-free phone.
As we’ve come to expect from Huawei Watch devices these days, there are a lot of features and sensors that measure sleep quality, SpO2 levels, and heart rate.
The Watch GT 3 Pro has “over 100 workout” modes, and free diving is the newest one. Aside from the standard IP68 and 5 ATM ratings, this watch “has withstood a staggering 200 water pressure cycles,” and in theory, it can handle free dives as deep as 30 meters. Yes, it’s great that Huawei was able to make the wearable for such high-stakes situations, but we don’t know how accurate and useful it will be for that particular task. Even though it fits well, the Watch GT3 Pro is pretty heavy in both of its versions, and we doubt many people will want to wear it when they run or lift weights (where it will be of little use much like every other smartwatch). It looks better in more formal settings, where its flawless design and wide range of beautiful watch faces help you stand out.
In such environments it will do well to forward the notifications from your phone to your wrist, although it’s kinda limited with regards to what you can do about them. Some pre-typed responses is as good as it gets and even that’s not available for all apps.
Still for most people reading the notification and then knowing if you need to reach out for your phone or not. You also get niceties such as weather updates, sunrise and sunset times, moon phases and Huawei Wallet in the handful of supported countries.
Along with its looks, this is the other great thing about the Watch GT 3 Pro. Huawei put a 530mAh battery in the 46mm model, while the 43mm model has a 292mAh battery. The 46mm GT 3 Pro can keep track of your heart rate, skin temperature, and sleep for a very impressive 13 days. We turned off the SpO2 tracking and the stress test because most people won’t use them. Turning these on takes about a day and a half off the battery life, so you’ll still need to charge it every 11 or 12 days. If you decide to run with the 46mm GT 3 Pro and do four hours of GPS-tracking workouts each week, the battery will only last 8 days.
All of these numbers were reached by turning off the Always On Display. You might want to keep the raise to wake gesture because it works quickly and reliably. Still, if you want AoD, you get about 6.5 days of battery life in the first test scenario with only a few sensors turned on and about 4 days in the heaviest use case with workouts. The smaller battery in the 43mm version of the Watch GT 3 Pro means that it can’t last as long as the 46mm version. But even that one has been around longer than most smartwatches.
With no AoD and only heart tracking turned on, you can go 8 days without having to charge your watch, which is great. When AoD is turned on, endurance is cut down to four days.
Huawei doesn’t say how bright its 1.43″ AMOLED (1.32″ for the Ceramic version) is, but it’s bright enough to handle even the sun. The 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro takes 110 minutes to charge from 0% to 100%, which is longer than Huawei’s promise of 85 minutes. However, a 30 minute charge gives you 39%, which is usually enough for a few days, so it’s not a huge deal. From 0% to 100%, the 43mm version takes about 80 minutes.
Since the devices can be charged wirelessly, any Qi charger will work with them. Most chargers, though, are too big, so you’ll need to take off one end of the band before you can put the Watch GT 3 Pro on top of them.