Introduced late last year, along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is the latest connected bracelet of the Chinese manufacturer. If it is more expensive than the Mi Band 3 Xiaomi, it is nevertheless much more complete, with a GPS and a color screen. But what is it worth to use? Find out in our comprehensive test.
Huawei Band 3 Pro
Definition of the screen
240 x 120 pixels
45 x 19 x 11 mm
Heart rate sensor
Ambient light sensor
Magnetic charging cable
This test was made from a bracelet loaned by the brand.
Design and comfort
With its Band 3 Pro, Huawei retains the overall shape of its previous model, the Band 2 Pro. We thus find a metal main case and a striated silicone bracelet. Note however that unlike a connected watch, the bracelet can not be removed to replace it with another color for example.
On the case, no physical button or even socket. The Band 3 Pro offers only two methods of interaction, whether through the touch screen or the touch key just below, to return to the home screen.
Rather fine, the bracelet is controlled by a single touch button
Overall, the design of the Huawei Band 3 Pro is particularly successful, especially thanks to its 11 mm thickness only. The bracelet fits perfectly the shape of the wrist and will not come to take in your sleeves as it can happen to competing models. The shape is tapered, the rather discreet rendering and the light weight of the bracelet – 25 grams – allows him easily to be forgotten. We only regret that the screen slightly exceeds the overall structure of the case, even if it is only a millimeter.
On the screen side, there is a 0.95 inch AMOLED panel capable of displaying 120 pixels by 240, a resolution of 282 pixels per inch (dpi) rather correct. Far from equaling the 400 dpi that is usually found on smartphones, this resolution remains perfectly legible for a punctual consultation of the bracelet. Above all, it is a density much larger than the only 146 ppp Huawei Band 2 Pro. The brightness, which can be set from 1 to 3 in the settings, is sufficient for use in daylight and it is also appreciated that the screen displays colors, unlike the monochrome screen of Xiaomi Mi Band 3 for example, or even at Huawei Band 2 Pro.
Functions and sport
The Huawei Band 3 Pro is above all a bracelet dedicated to the sport and the measure of your activity. He does not forget, however, some basic functions of a connected bracelet.
Once the bracelet is turned on and paired with your smartphone through the Huawei Health app, you will discover a home menu under presenting under five separate screens: clock, messages, more, exercise, sleep hours, heart rate, number of steps . Most of them are fairly clear and are based on the measure of activity, such as exercise, number of steps, heart rate, or hours of sleep.
The Messages menu allows you to retrieve all previous notifications received from your smartphone. It is indeed possible to set up, from the application Huawei Health, applications installed on your smartphone that can send notifications on your bracelet. A good way to make sure you do not miss your Messenger or WhatsApp messages without feeling overwhelmed by Facebook event reminders. It is also possible to directly read the messages on the bracelet, although it can not be answered directly.
The "Plus" menu gives access to certain functions of the bracelet
In the "Plus" menu, you can find some parameters or functions of the bracelet, such as changing the clock – among only three available -, the smartphone ring to find it, a timer, a stopwatch, the brightness parameter, the reset, bracelet restart, extension, legal notices and "about" screen. Nothing very original here, Huawei has been satisfied with the bare minimum of what one is entitled to expect from a connected bracelet.
Fortunately, the manufacturer is catching up on activities and sports monitoring. Thus, from the home screen, the Exercise menu allows you to choose from eight different sports: outdoor running, indoor running, outdoor walking, outdoor cycling, indoor cycling, swimming indoors , swimming outdoors, free training.
Once the activity has been selected, it is possible to set objectives, both in terms of distance and duration, as well as vibration at certain frequencies, for example every kilometer. Outdoors, Huawei's Band 3 Pro captures GPS geolocation quite quickly, within five seconds of launching the activity. Too bad however that it is necessary to wait for the beginning of a countdown before launching. While this may be convenient for fast activities, it is clearly less so for an activity that will in any case last more than ten minutes. Especially since the countdown, supposed to last three seconds, is actually much longer, around six seconds. Slow that can be explained by the low configuration of the bracelet, with only 384 KB of RAM, 1 MB of ROM, 16 MB of flash and an Appolo 3 processor.
Once the activity is complete, the bracelet will transmit the various data on the Huawei Health application. It will then be possible to find both the number of steps that calories burned, the distance traveled, the duration of the activity, the average heart rate or even the length of your stride. Better yet, thanks to the GPS it is possible to find the route of your course outdoors. We realize then that the course is rather faithful to the reality and that the GPS tracking is relatively reliable, to one or two meters. It does not bother to follow the bracelet even in a dense urban environment, between several buildings as was the case of the Huawei Watch GT. Too bad, however, that it does not include an altimeter to count the number of steps climbed.
We will also appreciate the ability to share Huawei Health application data with other platforms such as Google Fit or MyFitnessPal to consolidate and share them to other services such as Strava, Runkeeper or Withings Health Mate.
The Band 3 Pro is equipped with a 100 mAh battery. What offer him autonomy for up to seven hours with the geolocation GPS enabled.
In use, after 50 hours of use, including one hour of GPS tracking, there was still 60% of autonomy. It will have finally taken five days to go from 100 to 0% of autonomy.
The charging system of Huawei Band 3 Pro
For charging, Huawei provides a small base and a simple USB to micro-USB cable just 13.5 cm long. We would have liked the manufacturer to provide a longer cable, to recharge the bracelet on the bedside table during the night, for example, and not on the ground. It should be noted that Huawei does not include an AC adapter.
On a computer using a USB-C hub, it took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to charge the wristband from 0 to 100%. We are thus at the same level as the 100 minutes of recharge announced by the manufacturer.
Unlike connected watches, Huawei's bracelet does not have full connectivity with Wi-Fi or even 4G. The Huawei Band 3 Pro is equipped with a GPS chip, as we have seen, but is also compatible with the European system Galileo and Russian Glonass.
The Huawei Band 3 Pro has a heart rate reader
For connectivity with the smartphone, the bracelet uses a simple Bluetooth 4.2 connection. It is regrettable that Huawei has not integrated the version 5.0 of the protocol, including a better stability of the connection and increased range, but in use, it is not particularly troublesome.
Price and availability
The Huawei Band 3 Pro has been formalized by Huawei along with its latest high-end smartphones, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. It was launched in France in November 2018 at a price of 99 euros. Now, the bracelet is about 80 euros in three colors: black, blue or white.
Where to buy Huawei Band 3 Pro at the best price?
At this price, the Huawei Band 3 Pro faces in particular Fitbit Ace and Flex 2 bracelets, respectively offered at 100 and 80 euros. For a more affordable price, we can find the Mi Band 3 sensor Xiaomi, marketed less than 30 euros.
In terms of design and features for the sport, the Huawei Band 3 Pro is a frank success. The bracelet offers a rather discreet and rather neat look, with an Amoled color screen of good quality. For the follow-up of activities, he is also doing particularly well, thanks to his GPS tracking and heart rate analysis. Too bad, however, that functions outside of sport are not the same. Apart from the alarm clock, the countdown, the notifications or the chronometer, the bracelet remains rather limited if one does not use its sport functions. However one will appreciate a rather complete management of the follow-up of exercises, provided that you do not practice underwater curling. For cycling, running or swimming, the data collected is very precise and practical to improve its shape day after day.
Fine and elegant design
Good quality screen
Good GPS accuracy
Little functionality out of the sport
Only eight supported activities
(No Bluetooth 5.0)