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MWC 2022 Device Blog: Day 3: Wearables

by Neil Mawston | Mar 03, 2022

No Apple Watch at MWC, of course, but plenty of other wearable brands to see this year.

First up is the Honor Watch GS 3 smartwatch.

This is Honor's flagship wearables push into China and other parts of the world from Jan 2022. The GS 3 is optimized for personal health and fitness, including an AI heart-tracker and 8-channel PPG sensor for circulatory monitoring. The watch weighs a decent 44g and sports a 1.4-inch OLED screen with modest 326ppi. The GS 3 is a midrange smartwatch that competes with the likes of Samsung, Garmin and OPPO. It will not dethrone Apple, but will appeal to joggers or cyclists on a medium budget.

Next up is the Honor Earbuds 3 Pro headphones.

They are waterproof IP54 earbuds with up to 6 hours of music playback. The standout feature of 3 Pro is a temperature monitor. The earbuds contain a sensor  that can monitor body temperature inside the ear-canal with a claimed accuracy of less than 0.3 Celsius. Assuming they work, this is a handy feature for athletes or the worried-well who want to track informally whether they might be overheating or have a virus-like fever. Pricing for 3 Pro is premium, at around US$199 retail in H1 2022. We predict other earbud makers to adopt temperature sensors in the future, including Apple AirPods.

Finally, we have HTC Viverse.

This is HTC's new place in the metaverse. A corner of the metaverse to experience the HTC world. Viverse is multi-platform and designed to be accessed thru VR headsets, smartglasses, smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other devices. In Viverse, you can have a business meeting, go shopping, you can surf a VR Web browser, explore their Connect VR content portal, or use Guardian to shield young people from unsuitable metaverse material. We applaud HTC's attempts to bring new VR apps to VR devices here, but early consumer feedback on social media worldwide so far has been unfavorable. The Internet did not like it. Much feedback bemoaned its lack of innovation and wow factor.

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