Tuesday, July 5

First impressions of the Huawei Watch 3 with HarmonyOS | Digital Trends Spanish

Huawei renewed its line of smart watches with the Watch 3, a model that not only integrates 4G connectivity through a virtual SIM card and a sensor for skin temperature, but also launches Huawei’s long-awaited operating system, HarmonyOS.

I was able to try this new wearable from Huawei and then I’ll tell you what my feelings have been with it.

Known design

This watch retains the sporty air typical of the smartwatches from Huawei which, although I don’t like it too much, is quite well received in the market. Its case is completely metal and its AMOLED screen is embedded in it precisely, which gives the feeling of being a premium product. In addition, the screen hardly has any bezels like previous models, so it takes much more advantage of it.

Likewise, it is completely tactile and responds fluently to touches, both when sliding through the menus and when opening apps or functions. It has a side button and a rotating crown to act with some functions and adjust the volume.

Its strap is made of silicone, a nod to its clear sporty approach; It is comfortable and it can also get wet without any problem.


The device has the sensors that we already know from other models both from the competition and from Huawei itself, but it also has a sensor designed to measure the temperature of our skin. It is important to bear in mind that the temperature of the skin is not the same as the body temperature, but Huawei ensures that with future updates the device will also measure this. The sensor works well by consistently recognizing swings in skin temperature.

Huawei Watch 3 Pro

Two other important sensors are the heart rate sensor and the blood oxygen saturation sensor. The first uses an LED diode and four photoreceptors to measure frequency continuously. I compared the results of the Watch 3 with those of the Apple Watch Series 6 and they are very similar. In the case of the blood oxygen sensor, the device offers the possibility of monitoring this parameter throughout the day, something very useful and that, for example, the Apple watch does not have.


Despite the fact that it integrates HarmonyOS, we hardly noticed differences with previous models or with any other watch that operates with Android. It is a very intuitive interface and it has its own App Gallery application store to download directly to the watch.

In addition, it offers several customization options and the menu of apps It is very similar to WatchOS, with a kind of cloud of icons that we can zoom in or out of when zooming in on the clock screen. Another interesting aspect of this smartwatch is that you can install a virtual SIM card for 4G connectivity that, in addition, allows you to make calls directly from it without needing a phone.

Overall, the operating system change is positive, except for one small detail: the watch cannot be paired with an iPhone, but only with Android devices. While it is true that many of the iPhone users have an Apple watch, many others use third-party watches such as Fitbit or Oppo, something that is not possible with this latest Huawei model.

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