Huami has teased us enough with pics and hints of the Apple watch look-alike in recent days. A device called Amazfit GTS was revealed today. It comes with 14 days of battery life and a gorgeous high-res display.
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The wearable was originally leaked by beta testers on social media in China and many thought it was the next Apple Watch. Pei decided to set things straight by releasing an official render and a picture of the device.
We thought the wearable might be the much anticipated update to the Amazfit Bip, but this seems to be a new line or a one-off. Or it might be the successor, only with a different name.
Put Amazfit GTR next to an Apple Watch and you’ll notice the similarities. Both devices share a similar look and colour schemes.
One of the differences is that the Amazfit’s device comes with a 1.65 ” AMOLED screen PPI of 341, surpassing the Cupertino outfit’s PPI of 326. Whats more, this is a customised display that comes with three real RGB sub-pixels under each pixel. This means the resolution is higher under the same PPI than would typically be expected. Everything is protected with 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass 3.
“To maximize the presentation of information, we have customized screens that go beyond the fineness of our flagship phones. At the same time, the watch still has the consistent long battery life characteristics of Huami products, which can be used for more than 10 days,” he said.
The metal body of Amazfit GTS is very lightweight, coming in at 24.8 grams and thickness of only 9.4mm. There’s a single physical button on the right and a 20mm soft silicone strap.
Just like on the Apple Watch there are complications. Users also get a choice of 100 watch faces, although “only” 40 at launch.
The 5 ATM rated device features GPS + Glonass, BioTracker PPG Bio-Tracking Optical Sensor, 6-Axis Accelerometer, 3-Axis Geomagnetic Sensor, Air Pressure Sensor, Ambient Light Brightness Sensor and Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity. There’s also NFC that can only be used in China for now.
In terms of features, Amazfit GTS has all the basic fitness tracking smarts. This includes 12 sports modes including indoor and outdoor running, walking, indoor and outdoor cycling, indoor and outdoor swimming hiking, skiing, mountaineering, treadmill and weight lifting.
The PPG Bio-Tracking Optical sensor allows for high precision capturing of heart rate and HRV. It can also detect atrial fibrillation.
No worries when it comes to battery life. The 220mAh lithium ion battery will keep everything going for up to 14 days. This is seven times more than what you get on an Apple Watch. Additionally, the thing keeps going for 46 days in basic watch mode and an excellent 25 hours with GPS switched on.
Amazfit GTS is available in six colours as shown in the image above. It can be purchased for 899 yuan which equates to around $125 US dollars. This sounds pretty reasonable considering the specs.
Huami has released a plethora of devices in recent months, all of which are only available in China for now (if you disregard 3rd party re-sellers). The company is attending IFA 2019 in a few weeks time so will probably use Europe’s biggest technology show as an international launch platform for some of them.
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