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Huawei Watch 3 has a titanium version, has eSim and the new HarmonyOS 2.0

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Huawei announced its first smartwatches running its own HarmonyOS operating system, Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro. In theory, it is the third separate operating system that Huawei uses for its smartwatches, which originally ran Android Wear from the Google (now Wear) before introducing its own LiteOS software with newer devices, while still retaining several aspects of its previous operating system.

Despite the new operating system, Watch 3 offers a feature set similar to previous Huawei wearables. New additions include a redesigned home screen that now consists of a watchOS-style app grid instead of a list (although you’re free to go back to a list if you prefer), and there’s also support for video calling through the service itself. Huawei’s MeeTime .

Although it’s branded as a HarmonyOS device, the Watch 3’s long battery life suggests that its operating system is significantly different from the version of HarmonyOS that Huawei will use in its new tablets, the explanation for this being the HarmonyOS’ use of multiple LiteOS kernels on low power devices.

Huawei Watch 3 has a titanium version has eSim and

The Watch 3’s design doesn’t differ much from previous Huawei smartwatches. It has a 1.43-inch circular OLED screen with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits. The screen is end-to-end, so there is no swivel bezel on this smartwatch. Instead, it controls it through a rotating crown, similar to an Apple Watch. The watch is available in a few different styles, including an “active” model with a rubber strap, a “classic” model with leather and an “elite” version with a metal strap.

For activity tracking, the watch features many of the same sensors as previous models, including heart rate tracking, an SpO2 sensor and sleep tracking. But what’s new for this version is a temperature sensor, which Huawei indicates can continuously monitor your skin’s temperature throughout the day. Huawei says the watch supports a hundred different training modes, ranging from running to climbing, cycling and swimming.

Support for eSIM is repeated from the Watch 2 Pro, which means the Watch 3 can also be operated independently of a phone with its own 4G LTE connection. The watch supports voice calls directly and there is also support for video calls via Huawei’s MeeTime service (although there is no confirmation that the watch will work with other video calling services like WhatsApp).

With 4G turned on, Huawei says it should get about three days of battery life from the Watch 3, but that extends to 14 days if you’re willing to turn off 4G and use the phone in “ultra long-lasting mode” . Even in this low-power mode, Huawei says it should still be able to track your activity and exercise, and your watch faces will still be animated. When it’s time to charge, the Watch 3 supports Qi wireless charging, which I think is the best option, over chargers with proprietary pins.

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In addition to Watch 3, Huawei also announced Watch 3 Pro, which offers up to five days of battery life with 4G enabled and up to 21 days in long battery mode. Other improvements include more premium titanium construction and more accurate GPS tracking.

Support for third-party apps is still a big question mark over Huawei’s first HarmonyOS watches. As always, Huawei promises it is working with developers to bring the apps to their devices and has displayed a variety of app logos, including one for the UAE airline.

But beyond that, there was no app logo for recognized services in Europe and Huawei didn’t confirm support of any of the major music streaming services, and it’s possible that, as the equipment was introduced in China, the focus of the brand has been the domestic market in this situation.

The Huawei Watch 3 has no price yet for Portugal or Brazil, and in the UK the watch should be available on June 18, for £349.99, R$2576 or €406, while the Watch 3 Pro will have a cost of £499.99, R$3680 and €580, and will be available from June 28 in the country.

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