Initial glimpses of the forthcoming Amazfit Cheetah series have unexpectedly surfaced. This smartwatch, which is still awaiting its official introduction, infuses athletic aesthetics into its design.
A pro and a non-pro version
The leaked renders come from Roland Quandt of WinFuture. There are two devices in the line, the Amazfit Cheetah and a Pro version of the same.
The images indicate that the Amazfit Cheetah Pro will feature a black fabric band with striking orange accents, a notable shift from the silicone strap of its counterpart. However, as shown by the quick release mechanism, it should not be difficult to change the strap for other options. While there are subtle design variations, the distinct features that set the Pro version apart from the non-Pro variant remain uncertain at this stage.
The smartwatches are expected to come with a circular display and minimal bezels, a design choice that enhances their sleek and modern aesthetic. The case also appears to be quite thin.
Two physical buttons can be seen on the side. One is a flat push-button, the other seems to be a fully functioning crown. The leaked images also hint at a range of health monitoring and tracking features, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Interestingly, the emergence of the Amazfit Cheetah Pro comes on the heels of a recent FCC filing by Zepp Health, the manufacturer of the Amazfit line. We suspected that the filing pertained to the much-anticipated GTR 5. However, this latest leak suggest that the filing is actually related to the Cheetah range.
These timepieces could also be seen as an updated version of the Amazfit Stratos watch. The Stratos, a premium sports smartwatch, is known for its blend of style and functionality. However, the last model in the series was released in the now distant August 2019. It was unclear whether Zepp Health intended to continue the line. So the unveiling of the Amazfit Cheetah could signal a new direction for the company.
The competition in the sports watch market is stiff
The smartwatch industry is a competitive field, and the Amazfit Cheetah will need to distinguish itself from its predecessors and competitors. The GTR 4, for instance, boasts a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with always-on functionality, along with a BioTracker 4.0 PPG biometric optical sensor for continuous monitoring of blood oxygen, heart rate, and stress levels. As noted in our hands-on review, it is a solid offering.
Zepp Health has recently made significant advancements in the precision of its satellite tracking capabilities, as well as in the accuracy of heart rate monitoring. This positions the company perfectly to develop a highly functional sports watch. However, to truly make its mark, the device will need to incorporate sophisticated performance metrics. This means going beyond Vo2Max and incorporating additional metrics derived from heart rate variability, such as recovery time.
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It is worth noting, this article is based on leaked information and speculation. The actual end-product may differ from the descriptions and images provided. But these leaked renders of the Amazfit Cheetah have definitely fuelled our anticipation. This certainly looks like it will be an interesting addition to the company’s range. Much more so than Amazfit Pop 3S which is expected to be officially announced in India soon.
Look for Amazfit Cheetah to land in the weeks or months ahead. No doubt as the release approaches, more information will filter through. We will, of course, report on anything of interest.
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