Maybe it’s because I spend all day writing about them, but very few new smartwatches excite me. However, Huawei is about to announce a new wearable that does – at least a little, and while I definitely won’t buy it, it’s okay, because it’s not for me.
The company has announced that it will unveil the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro on April 28, and its teasers for the watch are all focused on one thing: the wearable’s water resistance.
According to Huawei, its next wearable has all sorts of certifications and water resistance ratings, including IP68, 5ATM and an EN13319 diving certification. Indeed, its diving credentials are the most notable part of all that water resistance, as the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is apparently suitable for deep-sea freediving to depths of 30 meters.
It is an upgrade of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, which was only designed for shallow water activities. It’s also an upgrade from the vast majority of other smartwatches, which tend to have reasonable water resistance, so you can take them in the shower or in many cases even in a swimming pool. , but are generally not suitable for use under deep water.
I don’t want it, but someone will
As someone who hasn’t even set foot in a pool for the better part of a decade, I’m not interested in this feature at all, but it will be of interest to scuba divers, and probably also surfers, sailors and n anyone else who just wants a little more reassurance that their smartwatch can save an encounter with the ocean.
It’s probably still a very small percentage of people, but it’s a percentage of people who probably wouldn’t have double-checked the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro without this feature, so it’s probably a smart approach to take to Huawei. In fact, I’d say most smartwatch manufacturers could learn from this because too few smartwatches stand out.
With a few exceptions, they all have essentially the same feature sets – notifications, music controls, timers, and in some cases access to apps and voice-activated assistants like Google Assistant or Siri.
Some high-end models like the Apple Watch 7 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 add extra features to the mix, like an ECG, and those models inevitably stand out more. But even then, they are rarely alone in offering these features, and their manufacturers will not add significant new features to each new model.
So we’re left with a few vaguely interesting (if slow-moving) smartwatches at the top end, and then a sea of largely interchangeable devices below. But if more of that sea was aimed at filling a niche, like the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro does, then they would have a USP and stand out for some people at least.
While any company can learn from Huawei’s approach here, it’s especially sensible in the case of Huawei itself, as the company’s smartwatches arguably have an extra hurdle to jump through to stand out. .
Huawei’s wearables often impress, with the Huawei Watch GT 3 and Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, for example, both scoring four stars in TechRadar’s reviews, but like other Huawei devices, they’re not available to consumers. United States, which already limits their potential audience.
On top of that, they don’t run Wear OS or watchOS – the two main smartwatch operating systems, which can mean they’re limited in terms of apps and familiarity.
So Huawei really needs something to grab a potential buyer’s attention, and in the case of the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, that something is a dive reference. But even if you don’t dive in, don’t dismiss this smartwatch just yet, as there may still be other USPs. We will find out on April 28.