After launching the affordable Amazfit Bip S and Bip S Lite earlier this year, Chinese wearables manufacturer Huami has now unveiled the new Amazfit GTS 2 and Amazfit GTR 2. The new smartwatches are upgraded versions of last year’s Amazfit GTS (review) and Amazfit GTR (review), with a slightly modified design and a couple of useful new features. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazfit’s latest premium smartwatches:
The Amazfit GTR 2 has a circular dial that packs in a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 450 nits. The classic variant of the watch features a stainless steel body and a leather strap, while the sports model has an aluminum alloy body with a silicone strap. For fitness tracking, the smartwatch currently supports 12 sports modes, and Huami plans to add support for up to 90 modes in the future.
The smartwatch features Huami’s proprietary BioTracker 2 PPG heart-rate sensor for continuous heart rate monitoring, built-in GPS, and GLONASS for positioning, NFC, and support for SpO2 monitoring. The smartwatch also includes Huami’s OxygenBeats blood oxygen engine and SomnusCare sleep engine. The smartwatch is water-resistant up to 5ATM, it offers 3GB of onboard storage for up to 600 music files, you can use it to answer phone calls, and it even includes Amazon Alexa support.
The Amazfit GTS 2 features a rectangular dial like its predecessor, but it’s thinner and lighter than the first-gen model. While it looks pretty much the same at first glance, Amazfit has made some minor design changes that give the watch a more premium look. It packs in a 1.65-inch AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 450 nits and an anti-fingerprint coating.
The smartwatch offers 5 ATM water resistance, blood oxygen monitoring, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, support for receiving calls, 3GB of onboard storage with music playback support, and built-in GPS and GLONASS. In terms of fitness features, the Amazfit GTS 2 features 12 professional sports modes, and Huami plans to add up to 90 more modes in the future. Much like the Amazfit GTR 2, the GTS 2 also comes with Amazon Alexa support.
Both the new smartwatches are built around the Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) health assessment system, which delivers a personalized PAI score to help users easily monitor their health and activity goals. Furthermore, the smartwatches now also support third-party apps like Strava to let users migrate their fitness data to their favorite fitness apps. In terms of customization, both the Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 come with over 50 digital watch faces.
Huami claims that both the new Amazfit smartwatches also offer better battery life than their predecessors. The Amazfit GTR 2 is rated for 14 days of typical use and 38 days of basic use. The Amazfit GTS 2, on the other hand, is rated for 7 days of typical use and 20 days of basic use.
The Amazfit GTR 2 comes in two variants — a Sport Edition with aluminum case and silicone strap and a Classic Edition with a steel case and leather strap. The watch goes on sale on October 30th at a starting price of $179/£159. The Amazfit GTS 2 comes in a single variant priced at $179/£159, and it goes on sale in the US on November 1. The watch will be available in the UK starting on November 15th.
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