Review Huawei Watch 3 Pro: Harmony OS really excels

Review Huawei Watch 3 Pro: Harmony OS really excels


2021-06-21 09:12:42

Huawei Watch 3 Pro was announced by Huawei not long ago during its new product launch event. Since its launch, Huawei Watch 3 Pro has become a highly sought-after device, the special feature that makes this watch completely different from current models is the use of Harmony OS – the operating system that Huawei’s own operating system.

Finishing and Design

The Huawei Watch 3 Pro arrives with a premium titanium body and a rather delicate 22mm standard strap. With a weight of 63g, the watch looks quite large, but when worn it is very light, not too heavy like other watch models. But because of the large watch face size of up to 48mm, for those of you with small wrists it may not be suitable for this version, on the contrary, for men with large wrists, this is an invaluable choice. Modern and masculine.

The Digital Crown on the side is also made from titanium and the small “Huawei watch” inscription on the side is quite subtle. It works like the other Digital Crown buttons that can be scrolled and pressed, plus there’s a small button below the Digital Crown that can default to Workout, Music, Contacts or even AppGallery.

HarmonyOS is really good

The big upgrade Huawei has made with the Watch 3 Pro from the Watch GT2 Pro is the operating system. It currently runs HarmonyOS 2.0 and brings depth to existing features. In terms of design, Huawei has kept it simple and just increased the font to fit the larger screen – the icons are the same

Thanks to the integration of the smartwatch into the Harmony ecosystem, it supports the voice assistant Celia – Huawei’s answer to Siri and Alexa. To work, you need to connect the watch to the Internet – via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or an internal eSIM.

The pre-loaded apps are already well known to Huawei users, no heart rate measurement, sleep monitoring, SpO2 measurement or breathing exercises. The difference comes from the integration with Huawei AppGallery – it provides apps that can run on their own or as a companion to an app already installed on your phone. There aren’t many apps in the store yet, but the service is relatively new and has a lot of potential for growth.

The Huawei Watch 3 Pro can work on its own without a SIM card, so that’s why Huawei has moved some features from the Huawei Health app to the watch – one of them being Alarms. Another cool feature called Drain emits a high-pitched noise to push any liquid out of the speaker cavity. Finally, Huawei has decided to give you the option to have your apps in a grid or a list. This helps deliver more applications at a glance; the latter gives a sense of order, although scrolling is necessary and can be overwhelming if many apps are installed.


Another big change Huawei has made in its wearables division is the way the watch connects. For the past few years, at least since the company uses Lite OS, connectivity has been limited to Bluetooth and GPS. Now, things have changed, the Watch 3 Pro supports Wi-Fi connectivity, comes with NFC in global markets, and can connect to mobile networks on its own. There is an eSIM module inside that allows to clone the smartphone’s SIM card through the Huawei Health app – there’s a dedicated button in the menu.

Battery life

Huawei is known for its excellent battery life on its wearables, and the Watch 3 Pro claims to be able to last up to 21 days. In actual terms, if the battery saving mode is turned on, the watch can actually “survive” from 14 to 21 days depending on your usage needs. When Wi-Fi is on, eSIM is connected, NFC is sometimes turned on and Alway On Display, the battery life lasts up to 3 days. Compared to other smartwatch models in the same segment, this is really a respectable battery life. Besides, in the box of the product there is also a 10W wireless charger, due to the large battery, it takes nearly three hours to charge from 0 to 100%.

In the experiment, I used Huawei Watch 3 Pro independently with all the features like a phone in 1 session, then connected to the phone and used battery saving mode. The results show that Huawei Watch 3 Pro can last 6 days, which is really respectable. And if you want to increase the usage time, you should turn off the Alway On Display mode.

The Huawei Watch 3 Pro offers a compelling feature set that makes it the perfect companion for many. It has everything users love about the Watch GT 2, but also adds a standalone mode that lets you leave your smartphone at home. And in both cases, it offers better battery life than the competition. These are the reasons why this watch is quite expensive, with the Classic version being sold for £499 (VND 15.9 million) and £599 (VND 19.1 million) for the Titanium version.

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