We have tested the Huawei Watch Fit 3: the latest rival to the Apple Watch with an ultralight design that shines for its autonomy

we have tested the huawei watch fit 3 the latest rival to the apple watch with an ultralight design that shines for its autonomy
we have tested the huawei watch fit 3 the latest rival to the apple watch with an ultralight design that shines for its autonomy

The new watch from the Chinese firm comes with a 1.82-inch AMOLED screen and improved health and sports tracking functions.

Smart watches have gained great popularity in recent years, becoming one of the  essential wearables for users. A market in which you can find a wide variety of models, although it is the Apple Watch that attracts all eyes, both from users and from its competitors, who are increasingly inspired by this device. This is the case of Huawei, a company that brings its new smart watches to Spain , among which is the  Watch Fit 3 .

“Whoa! What Apple Watch is that?” This is one of the questions we have heard the most from family, friends and acquaintances the first time they saw the Huawei Watch Fit 3 (159 euros) on our wrist. And the new smart watch from the Chinese manufacturer could well pass for a smartwatch from the company with the bitten apple, since the appearance is almost identical. However, it is a  wearable that offers much more, such as an ultra-thin body and great autonomy .


The new Huawei Watch Fit 3 also comes with technological improvements compared to its predecessor , such as a new heart monitoring function, sleep tracking and fitness training functions that are backed by science, according to the company. It even stands out for its fast charging, with which you get 100% battery in just one hour. Features that make this device a worthy rival to the Apple Watch.

A well-known design

There is no doubt that one of the most striking things about the Huawei Watch Fit 3 is its design, since it is very reminiscent of the Apple Watch . So much so that some people get confused when they see it for the first time. The Chinese company’s watch relies on a 43 millimeter square dial, an ultralight 9.9 mm body – compared to 10.8 mm of the previous generation – and a weight of only 26 grams (without strap); so it is really light and comfortable to wear on the wrist, since it does not get in the way at any time.

Sometimes it can even feel like you’re getting nothing, as Ned Flanders would say. Despite being well-known, the appearance of the Huawei Watch Fit 3 is elegant and a version of the watch is available that has a particularly attractive element: it comes with a rotating crown with a brushed exterior with red solar motifs , which gives it a different touch to the design and that is what we have tried. A crown that is part of the wearable ‘s navigation system  along with a function button.

As for the straps, several are available, such as one in black, green or pink; although in the case of the model with the red crown, it comes with an adjustable nylon one that is also reminiscent of the Apple Watch and has been designed for those who like to play sports. Therefore, it is both resistant to the sun and water or sweat. In fact, this strap dries really quickly and the watch can be submerged, since it has a 5 ATM resistance.

The straps can also be changed and to do so you only have to press a button on the back of the watch, making it a really simple task. As for the screen, it is one of the great virtues of the Huawei Watch Fit 3 and one of the elements that we liked the most. The manufacturer’s smartwatch comes with a 1.82-inch color AMOLED panel , offering a 77.43% screen-to-body ratio and 1.8mm bezels on the sides and 2.7mm on the sides. top and bottom ends.

A panel that has been designed to look like it is ‘flying’ as it protrudes slightly from the frame. The screen offers a good visual experience, with high definition and simple touch navigation , which makes it useful for those moments when you are on the move and want to check a notification or activate a specific function of the Huawei Watch Fit 3 Likewise, it also stands out for offering a maximum brightness of 1,500 nits and an automatic adjustment function, which ensures that the screen is visible even when you are outside in bright sunlight.

The user interface has also been improved compared to previous models. For example, the Huawei Watch Fit 3 features more vivid and brighter visuals, and the high definition and square design allow you to navigate more clearly and see more details, even at a quick glance. While the background color of the sports mode interface has also changed due to the heart rate zone: if it is true the rate is fine and if it is red, something is happening. A watch that comes with new exclusive dials that offer more possibilities for interaction and others that mix functionality with fun and fashion.

Great autonomy

The Huawei Watch Fit 3 has left us with a good experience throughout this time, as it offers good performance. One of its keys is that it is fully compatible with Android phones and iPhone through the Huawei Health application, with which you can check health and sports parameters to change some settings of the smart watch, such as downloading a new watch face. , add contacts from the phonebook or update the device.

A watch that is compatible with applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram, although you only receive notifications of new messages. It also has a microphone and Bluetooth, and offers clear calls with voices that are heard well. However, only the gray and white leather version comes with NFC, so it cannot be used to pay. The Huawei Watch Fit 3 works very well and leaves a pleasant experience that is rounded off by its autonomy and the 400 mAh capacity battery lasts up to 8 days with good use of the watch.

At least that’s how long we’ve been on our case, making calls, constantly receiving notifications and measuring exercise , before having to go to the charger, so it’s a big advantage; especially if you are one of those people who are too lazy to have to charge the device every day. In addition, it is easy to charge, since on the back, above the sensors, it comes with a magnetic plug and it takes just one hour to have 100% of the battery. Without a doubt, autonomy is one of its great features and one for which the watch shines.

In terms of health management, the Huawei Watch Fit 3 has improved its functions. For example, sleep monitoring . The smartwatch has features that detect sleep activity, offering a breakdown of habits and patterns, which can be easily consulted. For example, you can see how much you slept one night, if you woke up or the quality of your sleep, among others. Even the mobile app offers recommendations to sleep better and rest well.

It also tracks breathing patterns while you sleep which helps in early detection of sleep apnea . Other physiological indicators, such as heart rate, blood oxygen saturation or respiratory rate, are also displayed during sleep monitoring. Additionally, the Huawei Watch Fit 3 detects naps. In fact, you can set 30-minute naps so that the clock will wake you up once they pass. To do this, the device vibrates – accepting two levels of vibration: one stronger and one softer -, as when an alarm is set.

Huawei has also improved heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring , thanks to new TruSeen 5.5 sensors. These offer more accurate cardiovascular readings to analyze training performance and daily health in the most scientific and intelligent way possible. They also have artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that improve the data read from the sensor’s real optical readings, for more precise tracking.

The Huawei Watch Fit 3 is also a good watch for sports tracking , as it offers  software for calorie counting and weight control, as well as monitoring more than 100 sports activities, such as indoor walking, cycling, running , paddle tennis or swimming, among others. In that sense, the activity ring interface has also been improved compared to the previous generation. A ring that allows you to track daily exercise, calories burned and position reminders to motivate you to achieve goals.

Thanks to an improved calculation algorithm, the watch calculates activity data based on step count, duration of standing, as well as exercise calorie utilization based on heart rate, ensuring a more holistic and consistently track physical activity. In this way, you get an overview of your exercise progress and energy expenditure throughout a day. Although one of the most striking functions is that of the professional sports coach with which the watch shows how to perform an activity through an animation .

I buy it?

The Huawei Watch Fit 3 is a great smartwatch that offers a high user experience, becoming an interesting alternative to the Apple Watch; and more at a price of 159 euros . A  smartwatch with an ultralight body that feels comfortable to wear and whose design, both of the watch and the strap, is very reminiscent of the models from the company with the bitten apple. A square look that is already well known and elegant; but in this case a red crown is added that gives it a different touch.

Two of the features that stand out about this  wearable are its autonomy, which with intense use lasts perfectly for eight days , and its touch screen, which is easy to use, offers good definition and brightness. They also highlight the different health and sports tracking functions, which have been improved. However, what is missing is being able to access all the contacts in the phonebook without having to add them one by one using the Huawei Health application and being able to reply, even if only, with predetermined messages to WhatsApp messages.


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