We have already shared our impressions of the HUAWEI Watch GT 3. The GT 3 SE model is slightly inferior in terms of characteristics to the older version, but retains its main advantages. There is a large and high-quality screen, decent battery life, advanced monitoring sensors and a user-friendly interface. What else attracts a smart accessory? We’ll tell you in the review.
In the era of universal unisex, HUAWEI watches are not shy about their brutality and emphasize it in every possible way. The device will look strange on a woman’s hand, but on a man’s wrist it will look perfect. A rough plastic case, a huge bezel with a clear indication, an impressive dial with a diameter of 46 mm — the watch is completely devoid of glamor. The display is recessed into the body, so it is difficult to accidentally damage it. At the same time, the watch turned out to be light; weight without strap approximately 35.6 grams.
The accessory is controlled not only by swipes, but also by two buttons. The top one is made in the form of a traditional rotary ring. It can only be pressed; there is no scrolling to navigate through the menu. The second key is flat, with a clear stroke. By default, it launches the training menu, but this action can be easily changed in the settings. Between the buttons there is a slot for the speaker.
The gadget body is protected from dust and moisture. The manufacturer claims that the device can withstand pressure of 5 atmospheres. It is also possible to remove moisture from the speaker. With HUAWEI Watch GT 3 SE you can swim in the pool and even in the sea.
The model is equipped with a durable thermopolyurethane strap that easily adapts to wrists of any width. Replacing it won’t be a problem either: any 22mm analogue will do.
The display quality of the HUAWEI Watch GT 3 SE is almost as good as that of the older version: a 1.43-inch AMOLED matrix with 800 nits of brightness and rich colors. An oleophobic coating is applied to the panel; fingerprints are easily erased.
Thanks to the large diagonal of the watch screen, it is convenient to read everyday information such as time and steps taken, analyze workouts, study menus and incoming notifications. The picture is quite clear (466x466) and does not crumble into individual pixels. Auto-brightness does not work very quickly, but it works correctly: the text on the display is clearly visible in any lighting. Additionally, you can activate the Always On Display option.
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The device runs HarmonyOS, like other wearable gadgets from the brand. The interface is convenient, and the settings do not require much time to master. For example, using swipes on the main screen, you can quickly find out the weather forecast, view notifications, or change music.
To pair with a smartphone, you need to download the “Health” application (HUAWEI Health). We recommend installing it on your phone from AppGallery to keep the software version up to date. The program allows you to track detailed activity statistics, set alarms and notifications, download new watch faces and install additional software. Unlike many applications for smart watches, “Health” pleases with high-quality localization and an intuitive arrangement of elements.
HUAWEI Watch GT 3 SE does not support Wi-Fi and eSIM. However, you can answer phone calls from your watch if the calls are received on your smartphone. The microphone and speaker are of high quality: during a test call, the interlocutors can hear each other well. You can connect wireless headphones to the wearable accessory. 2 GB of internal memory are responsible for storing music on the device.
The model was equipped with an improved TruSeen 5.0+ sensor, which monitors health parameters around the clock: heart rate, number of steps taken, blood oxygen level, and so on. The TruSleep 3.0 system automatically determines sleep parameters, assessing its quality and duration of phases. HUAWEI Watch GT 3 SE, unlike the brand’s flagships, cannot measure skin temperature, but this option is rarely used.
The watch has more than 100 sports modes. TruSport’s proprietary algorithm provides personalized running training recommendations. To do this, the gadget analyzes various indicators, including heart rate, pace and distance traveled. There is also automatic recognition of some types of exercises. You can set a workout goal in advance, and the device will help you keep track of your goals. During testing, we had no difficulties measuring heart rate and physical activity.
Praise for autonomy
HUAWEI smartwatches have always demonstrated decent battery life, and the Watch GT 3 SE is no exception. The exact operating time depends on whether the watch is worn by an athlete or a casual user. Active use of GPS positioning greatly affects the battery charge, which is logical.
We got the following results. If you regularly go to the gym or pool, track your sleep phases, actively use the screen and make calls via Bluetooth, you can count on 6–8 days of operation without recharging. With less intensive use, the battery can last 12–13 days without recharging. These figures are almost no different from those declared by the manufacturer. You can top up the battery using the included magnetic charger or a smartphone that supports reverse wireless charging.
- DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
- 46.4 x 46.4 x 11 mm
35.6 g (without strap)
- 1.43 inches, AMOLED, 466×466, 326 pixels per inch, touch
- OPERATING SYSTEM
- optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
- GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS
- speaker and microphone, more than 100 sports modes, stress and SpO2 control, HUAWEI TruSleep 3.0 sleep monitoring technology, TruSport algorithm
HUAWEI Watch GT 3 SE is a charismatic men’s watch. They may appeal to sports fans and those choosing their first wearable device. However, their advantages are not immediately revealed. At first you find fault with the rough plastic, massive size and lack of NFC, but then you begin to pay attention to various amenities. The gadget allows you to answer calls, the bright screen is scratch-resistant, the quality of health monitoring is excellent, and the battery life is higher than that of many competitors. If you like a distinctly sporty style and prefer to think as little as possible about charging, you should take a closer look at the HUAWEI Watch GT 3 SE.