Amazfit may not be a familiar name, but the company has been making inroads for a couple of years now and slowly becoming one of the best (and most prolific) manufacturers of low-priced smartwatches. Now Amazfit is back with the third update to its GTR / GTS line of smartwatches, as well as a sleeker “premium” version called the GTR 3 Pro.
The GTR 2 and the GTS 2 last year’s were already impressive for their $ 180 price tag, because both offered advanced health features typically found in smartwatches that cost hundreds of dollars or euros more. The GTR 3 and GTS 3 keep those features along with some hardware updates, and they also improve one of the biggest weaknesses of the entire Amazfit platform: its Zepp app. The only problem is that some features – like the speakerphone, Bluetooth calling, and music storage on the watch – seem to have been carried over to the $ 230 GTR 3 Pro.
This time, all three watches feature a six-photodiode PPG sensor that measures heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, stress levels (through varying heart rate) and respiratory rate. There is an option on the watch to take all four measurements at the same time. Amazfit has also reduced the time it takes to obtain an SpO2 reading to 15 seconds. Another new health feature is period tracking, which includes cycle and fertile window predictions. Runners now also have the option of using a “virtual pacemaker” to track workouts, as well as analyze progress and recovery. Lastly, Amazfit has expanded its third-party integrations to Apple Health, Google Fit, Strava, Relieve, Runkeeper, and TrainingPeaks.
Clocks now include “shortcut cards,” which are basically widgets from which you can swipe left or right for faster access to frequently used applications. Like last year’s watches, they also feature an offline assistant and Alexa. Also included are over 150 watch faces, including some with eye-catching animations, and the ability to upload photos as a custom watch face. Amazfit has also expanded the typical features such as reminders to drink water or get up from the chair, calendar events, to-do lists, weather forecasts and remote control of the camera via Bluetooth.
Neither of these features is that new to the wearables space, but it’s rare to see them on watches under $ 250. The biggest features that are still missing from Amazfit watches are connectivity via mobile networks (LTE) and contactless payments. That said, the NFC bypass isn’t that uncommon for a budget smartwatch, and you won’t find cellular connectivity for less than $ 280 (which is what the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 LTE version costs).
The main difference between the three new Amazfit watches is the design. The GTR Pro 3 features a 1.45-inch AMOLED Ultra HD display with 331 dpi (pixels per inch) and a screen-to-body ratio of 70.6%. It also has a 450 mAh battery with an estimated duration of 12 days with typical use and 2.3 GB of storage. The GTR 3 is slightly smaller with a 1.39-inch screen with 326 dpi and a screen-to-body ratio of 66%. It also has the same battery, but it has an estimated capacity of 21 days of typical use. Meanwhile, the GTS 3 has a 1.75-inch square screen and a 250 mAh battery, although it also has autonomy.day of 12 days. Both round watches weigh 32 grams, while the GTS 3 is slightly lighter, weighing in at 24.4 grams. Either way you look at it, they are pretty lightweight watches with good displays and incredible battery life.
I have had some time to test the GTR 3 Pro, and so far it is a promising smartwatch. It still has some of the Amazfit quirks, like a messy menu, but it seems like a lot of other complaints have been addressed since last year. Materials don’t feel as cheap as on the GTR 2, and the display itself appears to belong to a more expensive smartwatch. I’ve been using it for about a week now, did about 90 minutes of GPS workouts and still have 29% battery life. (However, I did not have the screen on all the time with the “always on” mode). Connecting and using Alexa was easy, the animated watch faces I tested look pretty, and the widgets improved the user interface.
However, the biggest improvement has been the Zepp app. I have been using a beta version during my testing and the interface has been revised to be more intuitive at a glance. The metrics are displayed in a more natural way and there are not as many translation errors, although I would say that there are still too many configuration menus. But while it’s not perfect, it’s a huge step up from how the app looked a few months ago.
The GTR 3 Pro will be available for 199.99 euros, and both the GTR 3 and the GTS 3 for 149.99. They will go on sale on October 18 in Spain. The GTR 3 and the GTR 3 Pro already are available in the Amazfit store in the United States by 180 dollars and 230 dohhomes, respectively. Amazfit did not give a specific launch date in the United States forFor the GTS 3, but says it will be “available soon.”