Huawei announced the global arrival of the Watch GT 3 Pro in Milan, the fashion capital of Europe, last month. It’s the company’s flagship wearable for 2022, and it’s certainly one of the best-looking smartwatches ever made. It was introduced in two sizes and we had the chance to try them both out for this review.
After weeks of testing, we’re now ready to share our impressions of the Watch GT 3 Pro, so strap in.
We had the Titanium version of the 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro and the Ceramic 43mm unit with a gold rim. Both variants look extremely premium and stylish. The larger version has a metal case, while the smaller one only comes with a ceramic case, which can come with a matching ceramic strap or a white leather strap.
Design and build
The Titanium version supports standard 22mm bands, and the one you get in the box is very similar to what the Watch 3 Pro series had. It has a folding clasp which is very easy to operate. The strap can be adjusted for larger wrists, with Huawei providing three additional elements to extend the length.
The 43mm ceramic version has 20mm tires. It looks really impressive and while the gold accent on our version won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the amazing build quality will certainly draw the right attention.
The white ceramic strap is equally striking. It was manufactured at extremely high temperatures of 1500 degrees Celsius and the surface was finished with a diamond powder polish to achieve a smooth, flawless texture.
The watch case is made of white nano-ceramic, while the sapphire glass on top is practically impervious to scratches and damage.
The closure is a classic butterfly and like its bigger brother there are three additional elements to extend the length of the strap. Unlike the Titanium version, however, you have to use a small screwdriver for the microscopic screws here, so you have to be very careful not to lose those.
Both versions of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro have two buttons on the side – the top is a rotating crown, the bottom is a simple button at first glance. In fact, it has a conductive surface, which is essential for enabling the ECG functionality. Charging is standard Qi wireless, but unless you plan on detaching one end of the bands each time, you may have to stick to the magnetic charger that comes in the box.
The Watch GT 3 Pro today runs Harmony OS 2.0 like most of the company’s wearables. However, the operating system has been modified to support several new features here.
The watch comes with an EKG (electrocardiogram) sensor that measures the heart rhythm. This includes real-time analysis, sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation, early atrial and ventricular heart rate reminders, and to keep you informed of any heart health-related risks.
Everything sounds great on paper, but Huawei has yet to receive the required certifications to activate the feature, so at the moment it doesn’t work in Europe. The company is working on approval in Germany and Italy, which will open the door for further expansion in other EU member states.
We mentioned that the bottom key is conductive, and it is necessary to close the electrical circuit that passes through the body. Until now, we could only measure the detection of arterial stiffness, and the watch said the measurement was “normal”. Yes, we!
Arterial stiffness detection
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro connects to any smartphone via Bluetooth. It has no mobile support, which is perhaps the main difference between it and the Watch 3 Pro. It integrates with a selection of third-party apps downloaded from AppGallery on the phone, and it can also serve as a hands-free for taking calls.
There are plenty of features and sensors that measure sleep quality, SpO2 levels and heart rate, as we have come to expect from Huawei Watch devices today.
The Watch GT 3 Pro supports “more than 100 workouts” modes available, and the latest is free diving. Aside from the standard IP68 rating and 5 ATM rating, this watch has “passed a whopping 200 water pressure cycles”, and theoretically supports free diving up to 30 meters deep.
Yes, it’s nice that Huawei has managed to develop the wearable for such high-pressure scenarios, although we’re not sure how accurate and useful it could be for that particular activity.
Despite the very comfortable fit, the Watch GT3 Pro is quite heavy in both versions and we’re not sure many will want to take it for a run or in the weight room (where it will be of little use, like any other smartwatch). It fits better in more formal settings where the impeccable design and selection of beautiful watch faces really help you stand out.
In such environments, it’s good to have your phone’s notifications forwarded to your wrist, although it’s a bit limited as to what you can do about it. Some pre-typed responses are as good as it gets and even that isn’t available for all apps.
Still for most people who read the notification and then know whether to reach your phone or not. You also get nice things like weather updates, sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, and Huawei Wallet in the handful of supported countries.
This is the other great thing about the Watch GT 3 Pro besides its looks. Huawei equipped the 46mm version with a 530mAh battery, while the 43mm version has a 292mAh power cell.
The 46mm GT 3 Pro can handle the very impressive 13 days with constant heart rate, skin temperature and sleep tracking. We’ve disabled the SpO2 tracking and the stress test, because these features are hardly useful for the vast majority of users.
Turning it on will reduce battery life by about a day and a half, which still means you’ll need to charge it once every 11 or 12 days.
If you decide to use the 46mm GT 3 Pro for your runs and do four hours of GPS-tracked workouts per week, the battery life would drop by up to 8 days.
All of these figures were achieved with the Always On Display turned off. The wake up gesture is quick and reliable, so you may want to keep it that way. But if you prefer AoD, you’ll 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 involved.
The 43mm variant of the Watch GT 3 Pro’s smaller battery can understandably not match the endurance of the 46mm version. But even that one has easily outlived most smartwatches.
With no AoD and only heart tracking enabled with the sensors, you get 8 days between charges, which is great. Enabling AoD reduces the stamina to four days.
Huawei doesn’t disclose the brightness levels of its 1.43-inch AMOLED (1.32-inch for the ceramic version), but it gets 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’s promise of 85 minutes, but given that a 30-minute charge gives you 39% charge which can usually last for several days, that’s no problem .
The 43mm variant takes about 80 minutes from 0 to 100%.
Since the devices support wireless charging, they will work with any Qi charger. However, most chargers are too big, so you’ll need to unclip one end of the strap to place the Watch GT 3 Pro over it.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro offers some compelling features, but the battery life and design really set it apart. The watch looks impressive, has a great build quality and feels very comfortable.
Considering the type of materials you get and especially the super strong sapphire glass screen, the price tag really does sound like a steal. There aren’t many classic sapphire crystal watches that cost that much and virtually none among smartwatches.
The 46mm Watch GT 3 Pro starts at €369 with a leather strap, while the full Titanium package is €499. In a rare twist, the smaller 43mm version is actually more expensive. A ceramic white body without accents and a white leather strap will cost you €499. The one with gold ring embellishments and ceramic band costs $599.
It’s worth noting that Huawei often sells its premium devices with a ton of freebies, and you can get Freebuds Pro or Freebuds Lipstick for free in many markets, as well as an annual membership to Adidas Running. Those certainly help make the deal even more attractive, especially if you need the device offered in your particular market.
That said, we can highly recommend the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. It’s not the cheapest nor the smartest wearable out there, but its unparalleled looks and battery life, combined with reliable notification delivery, really make it the best wearable out there for a wide range of people. And thanks to the high-quality materials, it will also keep its appearance for a long time.