As promised, Huami has added to its smartwatch lineup today. The latest device is called Amazfit GTR, it comes in a variety of materials including titanium, and packs excellent 24 day battery life.
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Huami wasn’t joking when it announced a month ago it will be releasing 10 Amazfit wearables in the next few months. Huang Wang, the company’s CEO, made the reference at the June 3rd presentation of the Q1 2019 financial results.
Verge 2 landed on June 11th. It comes sporting eSIM support and an ECG sensor. On the same day we saw the reveal of the Amazfit Health Watch. And a few days prior, Huami launched the Amazfit Verge Lite and Amazfit Bip Lite. We thought Amazfit Bip 2 would be the next device to make an appearance but Huami had other plans in mind.
Amazfit GTR is mostly about styling up what Huami already has on offer. There are two size options to choose from and a variety of designs.
The 47mm variant comes in a choice between stainless steel, aluminium and titanium cases. The titanium option is of particular interest due to the special properties of this material. It is extremely light, durable, it has good corrosion resistance and it’s not easy to scratch. Ideal for sports lovers and exercise freaks.
Huami says the 42mm edition is one of the smallest and lightest smartwatches on the market. It measures 42.6 x 42.6 x 9.2 mm and weights only 25.5g. You can pick it up in a choice between starry black, moonlight white, cherry powder, and coral red colours. The 47mm is a bit bulkier coming in at 47.2 x 47.2 x 10.75 mm and weighing: 36g (aluminum alloy), 48g (stainless steel), 40g (titanium metal).
Both size iterations pack an AMOLED display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and 5 ATM water resistance. As you’d expect the screen size differs, measuring 1.39-inches (454 x 454 pixels) on the 47mm edition and 1.2-inches ( 390 x 390 pixels) on the 42mm one.
Under the hood there’s quite a lot going on. The watches come with a BioTracker PPG, 6-Axis Accelerometer, 3 Axial Geomagnetic Sensor, Air Pressure Sensor, Capacitive Sensor and Ambient Light Brightness Sensor. In terms of connectivity, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS and NFC support for UnionPay payments.
These sensors will keep tabs on your activity and sleep 24/7. There are 12 different sports modes including running, swimming and skiing. When it comes to health, the Bio-Tracking optical sensor ensures your ticker is monitored around the clock. There are also alerts for arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.
In addition to the above, Huami is also throwing up a 42mm Swarovski Edition with crystal encrusted bezels and a limited 47mm Iron Man Edition with a themed dial, black matte ceramic bezel, gold colored case, and a red silicone strap.
Excellent battery life
Some were hoping the watch would feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor but this doesn’t seem to be the case. The power consumption of the thing has been optimised, though, to offer excellent battery life.
The 47mm version comes with a 410mAh LiPo battery that offers up 24-days battery life with normal use, and up to 74 days in basic watch mode. The smaller model comes with a 195mAh LiPo battery that is good for up to 12-days with normal use, and up to 34 days in basic watch mode. Not bad!
Price and availability
The 47mm stainless steel and aluminum alloy iterations can be picked up from today in China for 999 yuan ($145). The more pricey titanium GTR comes in at 1399 yuan ($203) and the 42mm version at 799 yuan ($116). The Iron Man will set you back 1399 yuan and the Swarowski edition 999 yuan (starting August 30).
Huami has said nothing yet on international availability.
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