The Amazfit GTR has received another incarnation in the form of a budget Lite version. The main difference is the lack of built-in GPS.
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We reviewed the watch back in October and found it to be a pretty solid fitness device. It doesn’t look or feel overly sporty and it’s perfectly appropriate to wear even in a business setting. As you’d expect from Huami, the battery life is super impressive. Amazfit GTR is excellent for day-to-day use and comes with smart functionality such as notifications, weather and music control.
The Lite version retains the excellent 24 battery life, 5 ATM waterproofing, 1.39 inch AMOLED Display with high 326PPI resolution (retina level) and elegant design. In fact it looks exactly the same as its big brother.
At the outset there will only be an aluminium alloy 47mm version but a 42mm iteration will soon be available. This material makes it very light at 36 grams. The original also comes in more pricey and heavier stainless steel and titanium case options. The other design change is that Lite swaps the 22mm leather band with an exercise-friendly black silicon strap.
As this is meant to be a more affordable version, some corners have also been cut under the hood. This edition doesn’t not have built-in GPS and the number of sports profiles has been reduced from 12 to 8. The now include: outdoor running, treadmill,walking, outdoor cycling, indoor cycling, elliptical trainer, pool swimming, general exercise. The Biotracker sensor is still there as is the 6-axis accelerator and everything else.
The lack of built-in GPS is, therefore, the most important difference. In our review, we found the original device had problems in this respect. Sometimes the watch would be slow to establish a connection, and GPS accuracy was at times not up to scratch. Hopefully, future software updates will resolve this.
The watch should get an official reveal on January 7th, ahead of CES 2020.
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