In 2023 and with eight full years of smartwatch manufacturing, it was rather unlikely to expect big surprises from HUAWEI, because from the first moment the company made its mark and set the bar very high. for all manufacturers with its tremendous quality and innovative proposals. What is surprising, however, is that it is constantly looking for new ways to engage consumers, while keeping its philosophy for this category intact.
The HUAWEI Watch Ultimate could not be an exception to the established high quality offered by HUAWEI, nevertheless, we can only take our hat off to it as it manages to masterfully combine the luxurious look with functionality without any discount on all those features that have established its connected watches at the top of the public’s preferences:
- Seamless connectivity with Android and iOS devices
- Many exercise programs
- Numerous functional follow-ups of the physical activity and the well-being of the user
- Unparalleled autonomy
If the first impression is the one that remains, then only when you hold the box in which it is in your hands Ultimate HUAWEI Watch you immediately realize that this is not just another smartwatch. It could very well make a first-class gift for those who prefer jewelry, and rightly so. As soon as you open the box, you see the device in the center shine thanks to its incredibly luxurious construction which combines zirconium (for the first time in a smartwatch) and sapphire crystal for the screen, titanium bracelet and ceramic materials for its screen of rim. and the back.
The large dial can be “intimidating”, but once you put it on your wrist you immediately get used to the size and never look back. Overall, the construction exudes durability and the design is pure luxury to wear. Ultimate HUAWEI Watch even at the most formal events as a classic status symbol. Even the default watch face is great for looking like an expensive chronograph and the quality of the display will fool many who see it into thinking it’s a conventional watch.
Three buttons are placed on the large dial. The upper right corner rotates for easy menu navigation, the lower right corner can be used as a shortcut button for direct access to sports modes and at the same time integrates the electrode to perform various measurements (electrocardiogram, arterial elasticity), while the top left corner activates Expedition Mode. Tapping the latter will instruct HUAWEI Watch Ultimate to save your original location so you can return there via the same route.
Luxury is good, but that does not mean that the Ultimate HUAWEI Watch intended for social use and occasional training only. The company wholeheartedly recommends it to all professional athletes and especially those who practice diving and water sports will be surprised by its capabilities. The HUAWEI Watch Ultimate can be used without fear up to 100 m depth (!) and resists pressure up to 10 ATM!
To move on to the screen leaving aside the materials that protect it, the company has placed 1.5” AMOLED LTPO panel 466 x 466 resolution that provides the user with unparalleled clarity in daylight as it supports a maximum brightness of 1000 nits! Vibrant colors, perfect touch response, and I was even surprised that it correctly recognized input when I swiped it with my index fingers. It goes without saying that there is an option to always have it open (Always On Display) and despite the warning that more battery will be spent, in reality the “damage” is not that great.
In terms of functionality, everything is as we know it from previous HUAWEI smartwatches. Ultimate runs the operating system Harmony OS 3 and to start using it you need to install the application HUAWEI Health on your Android smartphone or iPhone. Note that after pairing and syncing with your account, you can transfer HUAWEI Watch Ultimate from one device to another very easily and quickly without losing your data.
The application is offered through the HUAWEI AppGallery and the App Store respectively, it has been renewed with a new user interface, but in general it offers more or less the same functionality. From here you monitor various analytical data about your physical condition, it activates (for the first time) the EKG and arterial elasticity measurement functions, as well as software updates, which unfortunately again take much of the time.
Management and navigation in the operating system are again done either by gestures or by using the rotating crown. Keep in mind that HUAWEI Watch Ultimate does not support exporting your data to Google Fit app (on Android devices), but you can choose other apps like Strava. For iPhone users, it normally syncs with Apple Health. In addition, it offers the possibility of replying to messages with predefined options, the possibility of answering and making calls (it also has a very loud speakerphone).
To switch to its sporting DNA Ultimate HUAWEI Watch, to mention that I didn’t replace the metal bracelet, but it’s probably better to use the plastic one included in the package. The measurements were made at the same time with an Apple Watch Series 7 and the discrepancies I noticed were not significant, without of course coming to an easy conclusion as to which is more correct. Unlike other smartwatches from HUAWEI and other manufacturers, the Ultimate showed decent behavior despite heavy sweating and strong fluctuations in pulse rate and exercise intensity.
Regarding the electrocardiogram and the measurement of arterial elasticity, HUAWEI clarifies that in no case should we take into account the values that we obtain, but it is clearly very useful to have an overview of our situation. What matters most is the incredibly reliable heart rate counting under intense conditions and at rest.
In closing this review we will of course focus on its autonomy Ultimate HUAWEI Watch. You would expect the ultimate character to “kill” the drums, but you’d be wrong. In normal use with GPS tracking enabled only during training and AoD (Always On Display) disabled, you can wear the Watch Ultimate for at least 7 days in a row without worrying about recharging. The most active will hardly fall below 4 days, while the most relaxed can reach 14 days of use! When it’s time to charge, it takes less than 50 minutes to fully charge. Truly unbeatable!
In summary, if you are ready to move financially into the premium category (€799+) then the Ultimate HUAWEI Watch has no rival. The money is enough, however, you have to put into the equation that this is not just a smartwatch, but about a gem with smartwatch functions!
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