Huawei is reasserting its presence in the smartwatch industry with the new Watch 3. It comes with the Harmony OS, as an alternative to the Apple WatchOS and Google Wear OS. Priced at around $480, it’s not among the most affordable smartwatches, but its functionality may convince you to invest a little more money.

Design and display

Externally, the Huawei Watch 3 looks like a typical classic sports smartwatch with its round, big face. It comes with a reasonably large 1.43-inch display that makes it easy to operate the interface. The raise-to-wake functionality makes it easy to use the watch further, because you don’t need to manually wake the display up every time. However, you still need to wait a second until the display wakes up completely. If you don’t want to wait too long, you can enable the always-on feature. With its ceramic back and stainless-steel case, the smartwatch should rest on your wrist quite conveniently. With its 46mm case, it should be a perfect watch for most men, but can be a bit too large for many women. Straps are swappable with materials like metal links, leather or fluorescein.

Software

If you have an iPhone, it is easy to pair with the Watch 3 and its Harmony OS. You only need to install the Huawei Health app on your iPhone and connect to the Watch 3 through the Bluetooth. The pairing process is similarly useful with Huawei smartphones. If you have an Android smartphone from other manufacturers, you need to install the Huawei Health app from Huawei’s own app store. Because Huawei smartphones already have the Health app pre-installed, the pairing process is much simpler. It is quite unfortunate that the Huawei App Gallery has a relatively small selection of apps. There’s not even Uber and Spotify apps to download. However, the app store is still quite new and we could still hope that more third-party apps will be available. A restrictive ban on Huawei has prevented the company from using Gmail and Google Play Store.

Trackers

The Huawei Watch 3 supports more than 100 modes of workout and it comes multiple health monitoring features, such blood oxygen monitoring and heart rate tracker. If you are having a fever and other cold-like symptom, the SpO2 sensor is definitely useful, because low blood oxygen level is an indicator of COVID-19. There’s also a built-in temperature, so you can track slight changes of body temperature in real time. Unfortunately, there’s no EKG, which is useful for people with heart issues. The sleep tracker helps you to know whether you had good sleep last night.

Battery

The battery of Huawei Watch 3 is a bit disappointing with three days of regular usages. If you enable the special battery mode, the Huawei Watch 3 could operate for around two weeks on a single charge. Whether you are a light or heavy user, you need to properly estimate the most realistic battery life.