A day before the start of IFA 2022, Zepp Health has made official the Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 smartwatches. Both have recently secured the nod of approval from the FCC.
This news should come as no surprise. Zepp Health has said the watches would be dropping in the near future at its May 2022 investor call. To be more precise, they mentioned Q3 as the launch window.
In fact, a watch in the GT 4 series has already dropped. Zepp Health recently announced the GTS 4 Mini. The device comes with some modest upgrades including a 1.65 inch HD display, which is slightly larger than the one that can be found on its 2020 predecessor.
GTR 4 & GTS 4: what’s new?
Both the GTS and GTR lines are popular. That’s because they look good and pack a lot of health and fitness smarts into something that doesn’t cost too much.
As before, generation 4 of the duo comes with the same internals. The obvious difference is in the shape of the watches.
Available in Supersede Black, Vintage Brown Leather and Racetrack Grey, Amazfit GTR 4 packs a round 1.43-inch diameter AMOLED touchscreen. It has a 466 x 466 pixel resolution and always-on option. This means the screen is larger by 0.4 inches as compared to its predecessor. But it is slightly smaller than the 1.45 inch AMOLED that can be found on the Pro version of GTR 3.
Once again we get two physical buttons on the right-hand side. The top one is now in the shape of a crown, while the bottom button has been changed to a square rather than a round shape.
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The build is aluminium alloy. As before, this can be attached to a range of leather, silicone or nylon watch straps.
The square shaped GTS 4 get a 1.75 inch AMOLED with 390 x 450 pixel resolution. Which is exactly the same as the display that can be found on GTS 3. The watch is only 9.9mm thick and weighs a mere 27 grams. The case colour options for this one include Infinite Black, Misty White, Autumn Brown and Rosebud Pink. All of these can be paired with a selection of silicone or nylon watch bands.
Amazfit GTR 4 has a hefty 475 mAh battery on-board which is good for 14 days between charges. GTS 4 gets a 300 mAh which should keep the thing going for about a week.
Improved sports features
Of course, the watches get Huami’s latest BioTracker 4.0 PPG optical sensor. This should ensure better accuracy and around the clock SpO2 tracking. Zepp Health says the tech is enhanced to 2LED and gathers a third more data than the previous generation. The heart rate tracking algorithm has also been improved to further reduce signal interference caused by arm movement.
You get the typical fitness and health tracking functionality, so no change there as compared to the predecessor generation. But the number of sports modes has been increased to over 150, and eight of these come with auto-workout recognition. There are new Track Run and Golf Swing modes. A partnership between Amazfit and Adidas Runtastic has also been announced.
Another improvement is to do with the GPS technology. At launch this will support five satellite systems, which will be increased to six via a future firmware update. This tech features a dual-band circularly-polarised GPS antenna technology for quicker and more accurate satellite positioning.
The duo comes with over 200 watch faces. About 30 of these are animated. However, you may want to aim for the plain ones as they will not consume too much battery power.
An important change, is on-board storage for music. To support this, both watches are equipped with a speaker and microphone. Bluetooth calling comes as part of the package, along with Amazon Voice Assistant.
The Zepp OS 2.0 also comes with some upgrades. For example, users can now select one of two app menu layout styles.
GTR 4 & GTS 4: Price and availability
The Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 launch globally today, starting at 199.99 Euros. Actual availability depends by country. In Germany and Poland pre-sale starts tomorrow and availability on September 12th and 16th respectively. This will be followed by Spain, Italy France the UK and more regions worldwide from mid-September.
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