Honor celebrates a successful smartwatch premiere for less than 200 Euros with the Watch GS 3, which does without Huawei’s software and hardware.
Every new start is both an opportunity and a risk. This is also true for Honor. Without the former parent company Huawei, Honor tries to establish itself in the highly competitive smartwatch market with the Watch GS 3. The naming is strongly reminiscent of the former Huawei models. Whether much changed under the chic casing from a technical point of view?
Honor promises an innovative heart rate monitor, ultra-fast charging time, and higher user-friendliness. This review from the smartwatch category reveals whether the new smartwatch already runs smoothly and with which features and runtime the Watch GS 3 wants to score. There you will also find the Apple Watch 7 (review), the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (review), or the battery-long Withings Scanwatch (review).
Honor sells the Watch GS 3 exclusively with a 46-millimeter case. However, customers can choose the color: The smartwatch is available in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Classic Gold. Polished stainless steel is always used for the case, and Honor combines it with a blue in silver and a brown leather strap in gold. Those who opt for the black variant can put a black rubber strap around their wrist. The features are identical for all variants. There is no LTE version with eSIM to make calls and surf the Internet without a paired smartphone.
Design and wear comfort
We had the GS 3 with a black case and black plastic wristband in our test. You can wear this smartwatch everywhere, it is a visual all-rounder that cuts a good figure during sports as well as with a polo shirt or a jacket. With a height of 10.5 millimeters in the so-called ultra-curved 3D slim design, the Watch GS 3 is pleasantly slim and can also be easily hidden under a shirt sleeve without it tightening. The rubber strap is soft and nestles comfortably against the skin. The 22-millimeter wristbands can be quickly exchanged without tools.
Without the strap, the Honor watch weighs just 44 grams; with it, it is around ten grams more, making it a real lightweight on the wrist. The display and casing merge almost seamlessly. The build quality is high, and the stainless steel body leaves a very robust impression. The GS 3 can be worn for swimming in pools and the sea; it is water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Bright colors, rich blacks, and good viewing angle stability – the scratch-resistant display of the GS 3 reveals itself to be AMOLED with Gorilla Glass at first glance. The 1.43-inch screen responds to swipe gestures as well as finger pressure and delivers a rich brightness of up to 1000 nits and a resolution of 466 x 466 pixels. This results in a high pixel density of 326 PPI.
The watch can also be read flawlessly in bright sunlight. Five manual brightness levels are selectable, optionally the display automatically adjusts its brightness to the available ambient light. The display can be activated permanently for up to 20 minutes. Advantageous: Thanks to a special coating, the screen is largely immune to fingerprints. Fonts, numerals, and symbols are pleasantly sharp and easy to read.
A small black border remains between the dial and the casing’s edge. New watchfaces can either be downloaded directly via the watch or via the “Honor Health” app. The selection is decent, but not huge. Different genres like “Business”, “Sport” and “Cartoon” are available.