The smartwatch industry is gaining momentum and more and more OEMs are joining the party. After Samsung, which has been a fiercer competitor for the Apple Watch, OnePlus and now Huawei are trying to break through. To present a viable option, Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced its first connected watch running HarmonyOS. Dubbed Huawei Watch 3, it launched alongside a Pro variant.
Considering that the new operating system and an excellent feature set will make this Huawei wearable a worthy contender, we thought it would make sense to compare it with the existing high-end Android smartwatch – the Galaxy. Watch 3 Of course, HarmonyOS is a different operating system, but it draws a lot of comparisons to Android, so it’s fair to understand which laptop is worth your wrist.
We have already pitted the Galaxy Watch 3 against the Apple Watch Series 6 and the OnePlus Watch. Here we will compare the vital specs to give you an idea of what it is like with the Huawei laptop and the Galaxy Watch.
Huawei is known for offering watches that are high performing fitness trackers at competitive prices. Huawei Watch 3 is built on this winning formula of its precursors with an emphasis on greater accuracy of fitness data and good battery backup. Next, let’s see how the two full-fledged smartwatches with fitness features and customization options stack up against each other.
Design and display
True to its more traditional watch image, the Huawei Watch 3 comes in a circular stainless steel and ceramic case (the Watch 3 Pro has a titanium case). With a 1.43-inch AMOLED display, which supports an impressive 60Hz refresh rate, the watch has a bezel-less design with the screen extending from edge to edge.
Since the rotating bezel disappeared, Huawei has included an Apple Watch-style digital crown, which can rotate to cycle through on-screen features. An additional pusher at 4 o’clock initiates one-click training mode, so you can instantly kick in your run or bike mode and start tracking your diet. The watch has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory.
Galaxy Watch 3, on the other hand, looks a bit more upscale with a choice of stainless steel or titanium case (only available in a larger screen size). It also has a rounded face and comes with a precision rotating bezel to switch between features when you don’t want to interact with the touchscreen. The watch has a 41mm and 45mm Super AMOLED display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass DX with just one GB of RAM and 8 gigabytes of on-board storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 comes with the option of three watch bands – leather, quick-change sport, and hybrid – there are many more offered by third-party vendors. The choice of straps is also available with the Huawei laptop, it is paired with leather, silicone, metal link or nylon straps, which can be swapped according to your mood.
Software and Features
Huawei Watch 3 comes with a new operating system, which provides the watch with a new user interface. If you’ve ever used a Huawei wearable device, this wouldn’t sound too foreign to you. The operating system is now called HarmonyOS, but it is said to be based on the LiteOS, which has been used in Huawei smartwatches since being forced out of Google Wear due to US trade restrictions.
That said, you instantly connect to some additional features of the Huawei smartwatch, which now supports 4G eSIM and can be used independently to receive notifications of calls and messages. In addition to allowing voice calls, Huawei has made video calls possible through the MeeTime service directly from the watch.
Huawei Watch 3 has a redesigned home screen with a grid-style app layout as opposed to a list format and allows Huawei Music subscribers to stream music on the go. Additionally, Huawei AppGallery is now preinstalled on the watch in hopes of attracting more third-party developers to deliver content so that it can compete with Apple and Android watches in the market.
Despite the option, third-party support on the Huawei Watch 3 is quite limited at the moment. Music streaming is also limited to Huawei Music. Not that Galaxy Watch 3 has spectacular third-party support, but comparatively it’s better on the Sammy laptop which touts the software, which outshines the current version of WearOS as a go-to option for Android users. Both watches are compatible with Android and iOS.
Powered by Tizen OS, the Galaxy Watch 3 allows you to receive smartphone notifications and even view messages from certain messaging apps right on the writs. The watch is available in Wi-Fi and LTE variants and supports offline music streaming locally and through Spotify. You can store music, photos, and more on the watch’s 8GB internal memory for on-the-go entertainment. Interestingly, Huawei Watch 3 won’t allow contactless payments outside of China, where it’s currently available. The Galaxy Watch comes with Samsung Pay to make contactless payments from the wrist.
Health and fitness
For health monitoring and activity tracking, the Huawei Watch 3 comes with some of the features and sensors of its predecessors. This includes heart rate monitoring, SpO2, and sleep tracking. Huawei didn’t stop there, it has now added a temperature sensor to Watch 3. This sensor can continuously track body temperature through skin contact throughout the day.
Of course, this is not medically accurate, but it definitely alerts when body temperature rises or falls. The 50-meter water-resistant watch comes pre-installed with Huawei’s own Health app and is said to have hundreds of different preset workout modes for running, swimming, cycling and more. This list of activities also includes skateboarding and dancing.
As for the Galaxy Watch 3, it has a unique automatic fitness tracking feature that kicks in without you having to adjust it. So when you are running, cycling or swimming, you can take care of your diet and the watch will start to follow on its own. Like the Huawei laptop, it also includes heart rate, SpO2 monitoring, and sleep tracking.
The Samsung laptop is waterproof up to 50 meters and can also record the ECG (electrocardiogram) for 30 seconds. Unlike other watches, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a detailed sleep tracking feature to monitor deep sleep, REM sleep, and even waking up from sleep onset.
Smartwatches consume battery power by virtue of their virtue. That’s because they need to manage ongoing health and fitness monitoring, display notifications, and do a lot more. The trend is changing with new models in which companies are working on better optimization. Huawei has tried to make a few changes, and its new laptop has three days of battery life in normal smartwatch mode, with always-on display turned off, that is.
By turning off Wi-Fi, cellular connection, and GPS, Huawei says the Watch 3 can offer up to two weeks of backup. In low power mode, you can continue to track your activities and workouts while the watch can be instantly recharged using Qi wireless charging. Galaxy Watch 3, however, disappoints on the battery front. Under normal use, its 340mAh Li-Ion battery can only last two days.
Huawei Watch 3 is available for pre-order in China for 2,600 CNY (approx. $ 410), with sales starting June 11. The watch is expected to begin shipping worldwide in select markets from June 18. 41mm Galaxy Watch 3 started at $ 399 and the 45mm model sold for $ 429.99, while for the LTE option you had to shell out $ 449. The watch can now be purchased for as low as $ 190.