The Huawei Watch GT 3 SE, a simpler and more athletic version of its more sophisticated siblings
In a nutshell, the Huawei Watch GT 3 SE is the sports-oriented model of the series, featuring a more rugged design and fewer fancy features compared to its more elegant and luxurious siblings. For this we review we looked at the Graphite Black version, which by default has a black and red analog watch face that complements its color scheme.
The smartwatch is only available in a 46 mm size and has a 1.43-inch AMOLED full-color touchscreen and a 5 ATM water-resistant polymer fiber casing. It also offers GPS and Bluetooth connectivity, a microphone, and speakers, a HarmonyOS interface, as well as built-in health rate sensors for heart rate and SpO2 measurements. However, it’s important to note that it doesn’t have a temperature sensor, which is present in the Watch GT 3 and Watch GT 3 Pro.
Let’s start with the design of the Huawei Watch GT 3 SE. It looks like your typical sports smartwatch and that’s a good thing. It boasts a large display surrounded by thin bezels, which also serve as minute markers. The casing feels robust but light, making it comfortable to wear even for extended periods. The device’s full-colour touchscreen is another excellent feature of the Watch GT 3 SE. Its size and decent resolution make viewing on-screen information such as health and workout stats, as well as message notifications, a pleasure. Scrolling through different built-in modes is smooth thanks to the high framerate.
As expected from a smartwatch of this caliber, the Watch GT 3 SE’s sports and health tracking features are impressive. With over a hundred workout modes and monitoring capabilities for sleep, heart rate, and SpO2, it’s a fitness enthusiast’s dream. Swimmers will also appreciate the drainage feature that detects any water caught in the speakers. The onboard microphone and speakers allow you to make Bluetooth calls, which are clear and loud but don’t match the audio quality of dedicated audio devices. Alternatively, you can rely on the vibrating motors for notifications if you prefer to keep your wearables muted.
Another highlight is the battery life, which is very impressive. On a full charge the watch should last about two weeks with general day-to-day use. However, using its tracking capabilities and GPS for workouts will reduce its overall longevity by several hours or days.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 SE allows only Android and Harmony OS users to import songs and use the watch as a standalone music player, leaving iOS users out. Moreover, the smartwatch lacks the ability to reply to messages for iOS users. Although it is unlikely for iPhone users to pair with a non-Apple device, this is something they should keep in mind. Another limitation of the device is the limited personalization options, even though the Huawei Health app has plenty of watch faces, most of them come at a cost. The free options are limited, and customization is not possible, so users are limited to the included colors. Of course this only a problem if you absolutely detest paying for a pretty watch face, which would be a strange thing if you are here on this website 🙂
Despite its limited features for iOS users and lack of personalization options, the Huawei Watch GT 3 SE is a good option for those who want to upgrade from a basic or mid-range wearable. Its impressive features include a large and responsive display, high-end performance, and a wide range of onboard features.
Although the price of the device may seem high for some, it is actually reasonable when compared to other smartwatches with similar specifications, including Huawei’s other models.