Some more lifestyle photos of Honor Watch GS3 were teased this morning by the company. The device is expected to come with a more accurate, eight-channel heart rate sensor.
Honor, which separated from Huawei recently, held a big presentation a couple of weeks ago where it announced its flagship Magic3 smartphone and provided the first info on Honor Watch GS3. The upcoming timpepiece comes with a streamlined look and a more accurate eight-channel heart rate sensor.
The company has kept details on its new smartwatch well under wraps prior till then. There were no leaks leading up to the event or even an inkling of the Watch GS3.
Strangely enough, we’ve not seen a GS2 timepiece so this is the successor to Watch GS Pro launched last year. Perhaps Honor deeds the upgrades to be big enough to warrant skipping a number.
In our review of Watch GS Pro we found it to be an excellent all-rounder. The highlights are the plethora of sensors and features, along with excellent battery life. The caveat is that the GS Pro is quite big. Therefore it caters to a specific audience so is not a good fit for those with small wrists and women. GS3 goes a long way towards rectifying this issue.
Honor Watch GS3 – technical specs
Honor has not revealed all details about the watch but we have learned quite a lot. For starters in the pics below you can see an image of the three variants that will be available. They look much smarter and more streamlined that Watch GS Pro.
The device still has the circular design, two physical buttons and a touchscreen. But it all seems to be lower key than before and the watch looks to be quite a bit thinner.
The main difference between the three variants is the case material, colours and straps. The actual design is identical. So you’ll get to choose between the Racing Edition (grey case, black rubber strap), Voyager (silver case, blue leather strap) and Streamer Classic (golden case, brown leather strap).
A more accurate, eight-channel heart rate sensor
The underlying hardware also improves on the original. What we know so far is that the watch will sport a heart rate sensor with better accuracy and frequency, along with many sports modes, a pulse oximeter and built-in GPS.
The novelty here is that this is an eight-channel PPG sensor. Honor says the tech utilises artificial intelligence (including a frequency tracking algorithm and a AI heart rate algorithm), to provide more accurate heart rate tracking over typical wrist-based systems. This should particularly be evident with high-intensity exercise.
The next bunch of photos were released earlier today. These are high res – click on any photo to enlarge.
Honor Watch GS3: release date, price
As is often the case with Chinese manufacturers, shortly after the official presentation the device has received a listing on certain retail platforms. For example, JD.com has allowed customers to make a preliminary reservation so that when the watch is made officially available you will be at the beginning of the virtual queue.
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The reserve is carried out almost blindly as the price and final specs of the device have not yet been presented to the public fully. Expectations are that Honor Watch GS3 will sell for at least $185.
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