The Honor Watch GS3 is the latest smartwatch from Huawei‘s former subsidiary and while it comes with some interesting features, is it a better buy than the Galaxy Watch 4? As Honor is no longer a Huawei subsidiary, the sanctions placed on its former parent company no longer affect Honor. In addition, its phones sold outside China now tend to ship with support for Google Mobile Services.
During its time as a subsidiary of Huawei, Honor’s products were basically cheaper versions of Huawei‘s own devices. In some cases, simply rebranded versions. Even now that it has become an independent brand, a fair amount of its products, especially phones, still share striking similarities to Huawei‘s products. Samsung needs no introduction and its Galaxy Watch 4 is its latest and most premium smartwatch to date.
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The Honor Watch GS3 is designed to be a classy and premium watch with a formal look. The dial is covered in 3D curved glass and the case is made of low-carbon 316L stainless steel with either a gold, silver or black finish. The display supports touch input and there are two buttons on the right side. Honor claims its new watch is pretty slim at 10.5 millimeters, and it weighs 44 grams without the strap. The Watch GS3 will be available in Classic Gold, Ocean Blue, and Midnight Black colors. The first two colors come with Napa leather straps while the black variant has a silicone strap.
Watch GS3 Vs Watch 4: Specs and Features
The Honor Watch GS3 is only available in a 46mm size and packs a 1.43-inch AMOLED touch display with a 466 × 466 resolution. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm sizes with 1.19-inch and 1.36-inch displays, respectively. Honor doesn’t say which chip powers its smartwatch, but 32MB of RAM and 4GB of storage is provided. Although this is significantly less than the 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of storage of the Galaxy Watch 4, the Watch GS3 runs a lightweight operating system compared to Samsung’s Wear OS 3-based One UI Watch. It is also worth noting that although Honor’s watch does support apps, there are far fewer available than with Wear OS.
Both smartwatches feature a 5 ATM water-resistant rating, sleep tracking, blood oxygen monitoring, and heart rate measuring. Honor says that the eight-channel sensor on its watch combines with AI and a tracking algorithm to provide measurements with up to 97% accuracy. Samsung’s smartwatch adds body composition, ECG, and blood pressure measurements to its list of health tracking features. The Watch GS3 can track more than 100 different sporting activities, which is slightly more than the 90+ sports modes supported by the Galaxy Watch 4. While the two wearables have a built-in GNSS module for tracking outdoor activities, positioning is likely to be better and more accurate on the Honor Watch GS3 due to support for an additional satellite system. Both smartwatches also come with support for NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (Galaxy Watch 4 also supports 5GHz), a compass, a gyroscope, and a barometer.
In terms of battery life, the Watch GS3 is rated to last up to 14 days on a single charge and charges via a magnetic puck. This is significantly longer than the 40-hour battery life of the Galaxy Watch 4 which charges wirelessly. The Honor Watch GS3, priced at €229 (~$255) and €249 ($277) for the leather variants, is the better watch in terms of battery life, GPS and activity tracking. However, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has more advanced health tracking features, better app support, and is slightly cheaper at $249 for the base model. Samsung’s smartwatch is also available in multiple sizes, and as an LTE variant.