Huawei's new smartwatch has three weeks battery life and over 100 fitness modes

Huawei Watch 3
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The Huawei Watch 3 is finally here, four years after the Watch 2 (though the company has put out other smartwatches in the meantime). 

Unveiled at a big launch event alongside a Pro version of the watch as well as new tablets and gadget software, the Huawei Watch 3 will be on sale later in June.

Both devices are expensive smartwatches, with the standard model costing £349.99 (roughly $500, AU$640) and the Huawei Watch 3 Pro hitting £499.99 (about $710, AU$910 - we don't have prices for either outside the UK just yet). But perhaps their features will make up for those high prices.

Huawei Watch 3 and 3 Pro

In many ways, the Huawei Watch 3 and 3 Pro build on some of the company's recent smartwatches. They have over 100 fitness modes, 1.43-inch screens, and circular designs like standard watches.

The devices both have one rotating crown and one button, both on the right edge, which is a very Apple-Watch-like design. They also have a temperature sensor, something we haven't seen on a Huawei watch before, which lets you monitor how warm your skin stays over time.

The big feature here is that the smartwatches run HarmonyOS 2, a new operating system Huawei designed to rival Google's Android ecosystem, which runs on different types of gadgets. 

That's mainly a design change, and on smartwatches it looks a lot like Apple's watchOS, but it hints at stronger connections between the watches and other Huawei gadgets in the future.

The Huawei Watch 3 has a 14-day battery life, but the Watch 3 Pro boosts that up to 21 days (or three weeks), which is very good for a smartwatch. That's the big change between the watch versions.

Want to know more? We've tried out the new smartwatch, so be sure to read our Huawei Watch 3 hands on review.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.