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Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro review: Premium but limited

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro review: Premium but limited

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is a premium smartwatch that looks expensive with its solid titanium build. The latest iteration is also now dive-proof up to 30m, along with a new diving mode. However, the usual caveats about Huawei smartwatches apply. The ecosystem isn't as developed, at least not for Singapore users, as more established players. But it's still a more than adequate (and attractive) smartwatch, if you mostly use it for fitness and health tracking.

Quick specs

  • Titanium case and synthetic sapphire glass
  • 1.43-inch AMOLED screen (46mm)
  • IP68, 5ATM, Dive (up to 30 meters)
  • Requires smartphone with HarmonyOS 2+, Android 6.0+ or iOS 9+

I tested the Titanium Edition with a black fluoroelastomer strap. Huawei also makes an eye-catching white Ceramic version (43mm) that's unavailable in Singapore. The Titanium looks masculine with its premium metallic finish and its large 1.43-inch watch face (only comes in 46mm size). This AMOLED touchscreen is a pleasure to use. It's responsive to swipes and taps, and looks bright and vibrant. The watch's reflective ceramic back feels smooth on the skin. At around 54g (without strap), it's definitely on the heavier side, especially given my skinny wrist. The heft also makes it less conducive to wear the watch to sleep.

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
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New here is the free dive mode. Not only can the Watch GT 3 Pro survive depths of up to 30m in salt water, it can record key metrics like diving duration and diving ascent rate. There's even an apnoea training feature to help users hold their breath longer. While I tried the training function and the accompanying apnoea test (it's recommended to do it on land), I didn't try the diving mode. But there are over 100 other workout modes in the watch, from the usual running and cycling, to more niche ones like golf driving range and snowboarding. More importantly, the GPS lock was fast and the distance tracking seem accurate. Like other Huawei watches, the Watch GT 3 Pro can read aloud key metrics like pace and heart rate during the workout. But it doesn't have the animated warmup guides found in the Huawei Watch Fit 2.

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
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Those looking to be more active can use the companion Huawei Health app to create a training plan for running based on your custom settings. You'll also need the mobile app to download third-party apps to the Watch GT 3 Pro. However, this Huawei HarmonyOS-powered watch has a paltry number of apps (around 30, but the only familiar app is Huawei's own Petal Maps) in the AppGallery store. The Watch GT 3 Pro itself is packed with sensors, with all the health monitoring tools you'd need, from SpO2 monitoring to sleep tracking. The ECG function, though, isn't available here yet. There's support for calls over Bluetooth. You can also respond to WhatsApp and Telegram messages with emojis and preset replies. A keyboard for typing a proper reply would have been better, of course.

Because I didn't have a Huawei phone or use Huawei Pay, I couldn't try features like NFC payment or the Celia voice assistant. Battery life, though, is superb as usual. Huawei says the Watch GT 3 Pro will typically last two weeks, or 8 days for heavy users. This seems accurate as I only had to charge it once in almost a month. For some, the excellent battery life and its premium build may justify Huawei's S$468 price tag (available on Shopee and Lazada), but local mainstream users should look elsewhere.

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