Huawei’s Watch 3 is making a press release: It is the primary smartwatch to run its in-house Concord OS and it has far-reaching implications in its problem to Google’s Wear OS and Apple’s WatchOS. Though nonetheless in its early days, Harmony OS is Huawei’s answer to Google Mobile Services, besides the Chinese language firm desires it to go additional: to run throughout all types of Huawei gadgets — going past smartphones. Watch 3 is a vital wrist wearable for Huawei because it supplies a form of litmus check for the way the software program in addition to Huawei’s app retailer (Huawei App Gallery) will likely be obtained internationally.
The Watch 3 has been out there for a number of weeks in locations just like the UK, the place it begins for £349 (converts to $480, and AU$ 660), however the world rollout is at the moment underway. The Watch 3 has a variety of issues going for it: a crisp and vivid OLED show, eSim help (although within the UK it at the moment works with Vodafone solely) and a crop of sensors complemented by helpful well being and health monitoring options. The Watch 3 displays coronary heart charge and blood oxygen, has GPS and is likely one of the few smartwatches available on the market to supply around-the-clock temperature checks. Huawei’s newest wrist wearable now additionally boasts water resistance as much as 50m, one thing 2017’s Watch 2 lacked. And there is additionally 2GB of RAM, which made for zippy loading of app in addition to switching between menus.
However it does come costlier than it most likely ought to. At £349 within the UK, it has a better price ticket than the Apple Watch 6, and it’ll probably face some competitors from the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 amongst others. It is also lacking just a few issues: NFC-enabled funds — aka no contactless funds utilizing the machine — and no electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), which is a reasonably widespread sensor on smartwatches that checks for irregular coronary heart rhythm. Additionally, in my brief time with the Watch 3 at the very least, battery life did not reside as much as Huawei’s claims of three days. Whereas the Watch 3 will not be getting a US launch like a lot of Huawei’s gadgets, it may nonetheless be difficult Apple’s and Google’s higher-end watches in worldwide markets.