Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro and Fit 2: New wearables and a sign of life in a smartphone

Huawei has announced two new smartwatches and is launching a new set of apps designed to promote overall health. With the Mate Xs 2, a new foldable smartphone is also coming to Germany, albeit with a very large lump on the leg.

The new best-in-class smartwatch model is the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, which is available in two versions: with a diameter of 43 mm with a ceramic case and as a 46 mm watch made of metal. The round OLED screen measures 1.32 or 1.43 inches and represents 466 x 466 pixels. The screen is behind scratch-resistant sapphire glass, the underside is made of ceramic and contains an optical heart rate monitor. In addition to the touch screen, the smartwatch has a rotating and depressing crown and another freely customizable button on the side.

Huawei promises that the Watch 3 Pro is not only protected from water and dust according to IP68, but can also withstand brief immersion in water to a depth of 30 meters. However, it is not a real diving watch. It uses HarmonyOS as the operating system, which also has a few of its own apps for the smartwatch. Huawei limits the battery life to 14 days. Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, which can track more than a hundred different exercises, costs between 370 and 600 euros depending on the version, and should be available for purchase in June.

Huawei watch fit 2

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The Watch Fit 2 rectangular watch, which costs 150-230 euros and will also be available in June, is much cheaper. Huawei uses a 1.74-inch OLED display with a resolution of 336 x 480 pixels. The watch is also suitable for making phone calls thanks to the microphone and speaker, and also has a heart rate monitor, but it can “only” record 97 sports. On a single battery charge, the Huawei Watch Fit 2 should provide up to ten days of normal use. Customers have to dispense with the crown as the control of the Huawei smart watch, touch screen and other button.

Within Huawei’s Health app, which serves as a central hotspot for wearable devices, Health+ is a new fee-based service. For 7.99 € per month or 59.99 € per year, Huawei wants to improve health in the areas of fitness, nutrition and wellness. Virtual trainers take care of the fitness part, and there are calorie counting and advice on healthy food choices when it comes to nutrition. The third area is things like breathing exercises, selected sleep music, and a cycle calendar.

Since the US ban with its far-reaching consequences in Europe, Huawei smartphones have usually arrived in China with a long delay after launch, or not at all. The Huawei Mate Xs 2, a large foldable smartphone with a 7.8-inch internal curved display and a 6.5-inch external display, will soon jump to Germany about a month after its launch in China.

The foldable device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the high-end chip of the previous year, but in a special version without a 5G modem – Huawei is not allowed to use this. 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of flash is foldable, which carries three cameras (50 MP main camera, 13 MP wide angle and 8 MP telephoto) on the back.

Huawei Mate Xs 2

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With the price that Huawei could ask for the Mate Xs 2, the foldable smartphone should have a hard time despite the few competitors. Huawei is likely to ask around 2,000 euros for the Mate Xs 2, which not only requires dispensing with 5G, but also without Google services, the Play Store and many applications. For comparison: the similarly designed Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G currently costs less than 1,300 euros, which is at least technically equal and has “real” Android with all Google services instead of Huawei’s EMUI, which is based on the Android Open Source Project.


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