Huawei Band 3 Pro review: Incredible battery life and a wealth of features for a low price

It really is a premium wearable without a premium price tag

Huawei Band 3 Pro review
Bottom Line

The Huawei Band 3 Pro is an attractive wearable/fitness tracker that offers an incredible amount of premium features for a low $69.99 price point.

Battery Life
Beautiful color touchscreen display
Low price-point
Long battery life
Robust fitness features
Swim tracking
In-depth sleep analysis
Smartwatch-like features
Screen occasionally freezes up
Heart rate isn't always accurate

When you think of Huawei, wearables are likely not the first thing that comes to mind, but their latest, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is a stellar wearable for its low $69.99 price tag. Huawei themselves describes the Band 3 Pro as an all-in-one premium fitness tracker without the premium price, and after spending a few weeks wearing it, we can testify to that being the perfect description of the Huawei Band 3 Pro.

The Huawei Band 3 Pro is made out of a metal frame with a slim silicon strap that closes with a buckle. The overall band design is sleek and refined but not very exciting. There are three colors to choose from: quicksand gold, blue and black. The metal frame houses a 0.95” 2.5D curved touchscreen AMOLED display. For such a low price, we’re impressed that the device offers a color display altogether. The display is solid and easy to read in most environments.

When it comes to fitness features, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is rich with them. For workouts, the band can track outdoor walks, indoor walks, indoor cycling, outdoor cycling, and free training. It’s also waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can take it swimming with you and it will track your strokes.

Despite its low price tag, the Band 3 Pro also features built-in GPS, sleep tracking AND heart rate monitoring. The Huawei TruSeen 3.0 feature offers 24-hour real-time heart rate monitoring. The built-in GPS syncs with the app, later on, to show your walking or running path. Last but not least, the wearable has sleep tracking with Huawei TruSleep 2.0, which offers “advanced analysis” to monitor your sleep patterns.

In addition, the Huawei Band 3 Pro offers several smartwatch-like features. To that effect, it is able to show you incoming calls with caller ID, it’s able to reject calls, preview messages, view phone notifications, you can use it to find your phone, or as a selfie trigger remote.

Overall, the user interface on the Huawei Band 3 Pro is pretty straight-forward and quite easy to navigate and swipe through. Unfortunately, occasionally the touchscreen does freeze and it was especially laggy for us when it came to receiving phone notifications. Hopefully, a firmware update will address this issue.

But aside from all its features and affordability, it’s the battery life on the Huawei Band 3 Pro that especially delights us. Wearing it every day, we’ve been getting 2 to 3 weeks of use. Alternatively, its battery will last for just 7 hours with pace, calories and track recording all actively working.

Bottom Line

The Huawei Band 3 Pro is an attractive wearable that offers an incredible amount of premium features for a low $69.99 price point. Is it flawless? No, but the wealth of functions it offers for such a low price tag is difficult to beat.

With that said, if $69.99 is still too pricey for your budget, Huawei also offers the Band 3e for just $29.99! This alternative wearable/fitness tracker doesn’t offer the same color touchscreen display of the Huawei Band 3 Pro, nor does it offer all of its features, but it still offers an incredible amount of features for the price and it could be especially appealing for runners. That’s because it can be detached from its band and clipped on to your shoe for extra especially accurate foot strike pattern recording. Either way, both the Huawei Band 3e and Band 3 Pro both offer a great value.

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