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HUAWEI Watch 3 launch tipped for May with new UI, eSIM support

The successor to HUAWEI's 2017 Wear OS smartwatch might be just a few weeks away.

Published onApril 8, 2021

HUAWEI Watch GT 2e GT 2 Pro and GT 2 on one arm
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  • The HUAWEI Watch 3 is rumored to launch in May.
  • It could get Harmony OS UI and eSIM support.
  • It’s also tipped to come with some new AI-based activity modes.

HUAWEI could soon launch a successor to its 2017 Wear OS smartwatch. According to a Weibo tipster (via HuaweiCentral), the HUAWEI Watch 3 is set to launch in May. However, it won’t pack Google’s operating system for wearables. It might not even get HUAWEI’s own Lite OS that runs on devices like the HUAWEI Watch GT 2 and GT 2 Pro.

The tipster suggests that the HUAWEI Watch 3 will get a brand new Harmony OS UI. It’s unclear whether the change is limited to the user interface or if it’s a brand new smartwatch OS based on Harmony OS.

Nevertheless, this isn’t the first time we’re hearing about the so-called HUAWEI Watch 3. Previously, known tipster Rodent950 also posted some UI renders of what Harmony OS might look like on the upcoming device.

HUAWEI Watch 3 Harmony OS rumor tweet

Further, the smartwatch is also expected to support eSIM connectivity. That means it should be able to make and receive phone calls independent of a smartphone, unlike HUAWEI’s GT series watches that use the phone as a source of cellular connectivity.

The tipster also revealed that the wearable will add support for more third-party apps and get some new AI-based activity modes.

Of course, all this information is unconfirmed for the moment because HUAWEI hasn’t announced anything officially. Even the Weibo tipster is not someone we usually rely on for tips so take everything here with a pinch of salt. We’ll update this article if and when we hear more about the HUAWEI Watch 3.

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