With the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 there is a very inexpensive fitness tracker, made by Huami. The company is an important investor and supplier to Xiaomi, but also develops its own models, reaching a whopping 17% market share worldwide. At an event in China, Huami has now unveiled three new Amazfit smartwatches: the Amazfit GTS, Amazfit Smart Sports Watch 3 and the Amazfit X Concept Watch. Especially the first model can cause a stir, we reveal why!
The smartwatch is equipped with a 1.65″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 348 x 442 pixels. Thus, the Amazfit GTS achieves a pixel density of 341 ppi, in addition, the display can cover the NTSC color space 100%.
The design is reminiscent of an Apple Watch – rectangular shape with rounded corners and edges. Also the own operating system has seemingly inspired to Apple watchOS. The chassis is made of aluminum and is protected on top by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartwatch is also waterproof to 5 ATM and can therefore be worn while swimming, diving is not recommended.
Inside sits a 220 mAh LiPo battery, which is supposed to last about 14 days depending on the mode. The smartwatch is charged in about 2 hours with a magnetic adapter. The watch is 9.4 mm thick and weighs about 25 g. On board are NFC for mobile payment as well as GPS + GLONASS, a motion sensor and a heart rate monitor. The latter is called “BioTracker PPG” and is even intended to enable 24-hour pulse measurement.
The Amazfit GTS is connected via Bluetooth 5.0 (LE), both Android smartphones and iOS devices are apparently supported. Unfortunately, the smartwatch is only available in China, where it costs CNY 899.
Amazfit X Concept Watch
The new Amazfit X – a concept smartwatch – is a little more exciting, but still future music at the moment. It has a curved AMOLED display that is flexible around the arm. According to Huami, it bends to 92° around the housing, which is apparently made possible by a special heating process.
The display is about 2.1 inches in size and has a pixel density of 326 ppi. It is designed to cover 100% of the NTSC color space and reach a brightness of 430 nits. Inside sits a 220 mAh battery, which is also curved and is supposed to provide a running time of 7 days. The case is made of metal, but there are no further details. A market maturity is expected next year, Huami talks about a launch in the first half of 2020.
Amazfit Smart Sports Watch 3
Not quite as spectacular, but still exciting is the new Amazfit Smart Sports Watch 3. It has a round 1.34″ display that dissolves with 320 x 320 pixels. The chassis is made of a mix of metal and glass fiber reinforced polycarbonate, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The “Elite Edition” even gets “AF + AR-coated sapphire” installed above the display, plus a bezel and buttons made of titanium.
The focus is especially on sports activities, which is why NFC, GPS (+ GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo) and a BioTracker PPG heart rate monitor are also on board. In addition, it is waterproof to 5 ATM, so survives also swimming and showering.
The battery provides 300 mAh and is charged with a magnetic adapter in about 2 hours. The duration is about 7 days, when the full power is used. If some functions are restricted, the runtime can be extended to 14 days.
The standard version of the Amazfit Smart Sports Watch 3 is CNY 1.299. The “Elite Edition” costs CNY 1,699. Like the Amazfit GTS, this model is only available in China for the time being.