The Apple Watch just got schooled by another cheap smartwatch

The Huawei Watch GT Cyber boasts a more fleshed out spec sheet at a cheaper price

The Huawei Watch GT Cyber in front of a sunset
(Image credit: Huawei)

When you're looking for the best smartwatch, you're likely to come across more than one Apple Watch. Cupertino's finest have tech-driven timepieces on lockdown, from the budget friendly Apple Watch SE, through the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and up to the extreme Apple Watch Ultra.

But popularity isn't everything. Even Apple's budget friendly options carry a hefty price tag, leaving a gulf of truly affordable smartwatches beneath it. Lately, I've found a couple of these budget models raise serious questions about the Apple Watch

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro, for example, boasts more features than an Apple Watch SE, has a battery which will last for more than a week and costs less than half of what the SE would set you back.

Now, another smartwatch has been released which offers a more robust feature set than Apple's offering. The Huawei Watch GT Cyber is the latest release from Huawei's hugely impressive wearables range – the Huawei Watch GT 3 maintains a spot in T3's best smartwatch category to this day.

The main feature here is the strap changing system. Rather than just changing the strap, Huawei has opted to make the entire casing modular. Simply pop the dial out of one case and into another to completely change the style. We recently covered the Certina DS Plus which uses a similar idea, though I'd argue that it makes more sense on a £200 smartwatch than an £800 timepiece.

There's nothing especially noteworthy on the spec sheet – a 1.32" AMOLED display acts as your gateway to over 100 sports activities, sleep tracking, and health monitoring. What's most impressive is the inclusion of a blood oxygen sensor, tallying up a big win over the Apple Watch SE.

Currently, the Huawei Watch GT Cyber is only available in China, though. Keep an eye out for releases in other markets down the line, as this could be a fantastic alternative to pieces like the Google Pixel Watch and the Apple Watch.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.