The new Amazfit GTR 2 fits right into that description. It is a smart wearable that builds upon the original GTR and its already impressive hardware and feature set. It adds things like a microphone and speaker for voice commands and Bluetooth calls, 3GB of independent music storage, and a lot of polish inside the UI and the watch face selection. All of this while still maintaining a solid battery endurance promise of 14 days on a single charge.
Amazfit GTR 2 specs
Body: 46.4 x 46.4 x 10.7 mm; Sports edition – aluminum alloy – 36g., Classic edition – stainless steel – 39g.; 22mm strap; 5 ATM water resistance (up to 50 m); 3D Corning Gorilla Glass, with an anti-fingerprint coating and optical “Diamond-like Carbon (oDLC) coating front
Display: 1.39” AMOLED, Resolution 454×454, 326 ppi
OS: Proprietary; Support for Android 5.0 and above, iOS 10.0 and above (Zepp companion app)
Memory: around 3GB – user accessible for storing MP3 files and watch faces
Battery: 471mAh (14 days typical use); Magnetic charging base (2.5h for a full charge)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 + BLE; Wi-Fi 6; GPS+GLONASS; NFC (for AliPay)
Misc: BioTracker 2 PPG biological tracking optical sensor, 6-axis acceleration sensor, 3-axis geomagnetic sensor, Air-pressure sensor, Gyroscopic sensors, Ambient light sensor; Speaker and microphone for calls, music playback and voice assistant (Offline commands available at launch, Amazon Alexa integration coming in OTA update)
Amazfit is a brand of the Chinese company Huami Technology. Huami is probably best known as an exclusive provider of smart wearables for Xiaomi. As such, it is the company behind the popular Mi Band line of products. That should be enough of a pedigree in itself, yet Huami has a lot more to “flex,” like the fact that it is listed on the New Your Stock Exchange (NYSE) and is the first Chinese smart hardware company to have its stock traded on the US capital market. Last year the cumulative global shipments of Huami’s smart devices exceeded 100 million units. And after Apple, Huami is probably the world’s second-largest smart wearable manufacturer.
The watch we are reviewing today does not have a full-blown OS with third-party apps like Apple’s Watch OS, Google’s Wear OS, or Samsung’s Tizen OS. It doesn’t have an app store with third-party apps. Still, it occupies a niche that is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. If you can live without features like notification replying or the ability to order a pizza or call a cab right from your wrist, going for one of these dumber smartwatches saves you money, and you can enjoy a battery life that’s miles better than a real smartwatch.