It’s been a rocky few years for the Chinese tech company Huawei, since it was blacklisted by the U.S. government. That meant no more dealings with American companies, including Google with its Android OS. It didn’t stop Huawei though and they decided to develop their very own operating system: HarmonyOS. It took a while but now they finally have new smartwatches for the system to run on. Let’s take a look at the Huawei Watch 3.
eSIM with 4G support
The Huawei Watch 3 seems to be a typical smartwatch. It’s a circular watch with a 1.43 inch OLED display and a rotating crown. It has the features you’d expect it to have, such as fitness and sleep tracking, GPS and health monitoring. But then the smartwatch also has a pulse oximeter and a body temperature sensor to keep an eye on you. That last bit could be very handy to monitor for Covid-19, although not everyone gets a fever. An interesting feature is eSIM connectivity with 4G support. That means you can make calls with the watch itself and don’t need to have your phone in the vicinity.
Huawei Watch 3 Pro
As usual there are different models to choose from. There’s the regular Huawei Watch 3, which has a standard battery life of 3 days or 14 days if you go for the ultra-long battery life mode. Then there’s a Watch 3 Active Edition for those of us that like to be sporty. For a longer battery life you could go for the Watch 3 Pro, which gives you 5 days in the smart mode. You can extend the battery life up to 21 days if you opt for the ultra-long battery life mode. So that’s three versions already, but Huawei has more in store for us. Both the standard and Pro version of the smartwatch are also available in a special Elite Edition for some extra glam. Then of course you also get to choose different bands to switch things up and make the watch your own.
The Huawei Watch 3 will be available from June 2021. The launch of specific models will vary according to the country or region. It won’t be cheap though as the standard model will go for 350 pounds (496 USD) and we’ll have to dish out 500 pounds (708 USD) for the Watch 3 Pro. Definite prices outside of the U.K. aren’t available though. It might end up costing less.
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