TL;DR
  • Amazfit’s new GTR 2 and GTS 2 smartwatches come with an improved design and several new features.
  • Both watches are now available in the US, UK, and India.
  • With the jump overseas, both watches gain support for Amazon Alexa.

Update: May 7, 2021: Want to learn more about Huami’s affordable smartwatches? Check out our full Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 review to learn more.


Original article: September 22, 2020 (4:48 AM ET): Amazfit has refreshed its GTS and GTR fitness watches with a slightly different design and several new features. The new watches are called the Amazfit GTS 2 and Amazfit GTR 2, and are available across several markets now.

The Amazfit GTR 2 comes with a circular display, while the GTS 2 gets a square screen and looks like a certain very popular smartwatch. The two wearables are definitely slicker than before, but it’s what’s inside that counts. Here’s a breakdown of what you get in each of the new Amazfit watches.

Amazfit GTR 2 specs and features

The Amazfit GTR 2 is less bulked-up this time around. It features a 1.39-inch AMOLED always-on display with a maximum brightness of 450 nits. The classic variant is equipped with a stainless steel body and a leather strap, while the sports model is fitted with an aluminum alloy body and a silicone strap.

In terms of tracking, the GTR 2 currently supports 12 professional sports modes and will support 90 in the future. It gets Huami’s proprietary BioTracker PPG heart-rate sensor capable of 24-hour heart-rate monitoring. The watch also features Amazfit’s signature PAI heart-rate analysis software that generates a health score based on a person’s activity and heart-rate during the day.

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A significant new feature of the Amazfit GTR 2 (and also of the GTS 2) is blood oxygen monitoring. According to Huami, the new watches introduce OxygenBeats, a blood oxygen engine, and SomnusCare, a sleep engine. Together, the two engines help measure blood oxygen data to provide a score for the quality of breathing during sleep. Amazfit claims that the new blood oxygen sensor has a 96% accuracy rate.

Elsewhere, the Amazfit GTR 2 is also equipped with a built-in GPS + GLONASS positioning system, NFC, 38-day battery life, a voice assistant that can work offline, 5ATM water resistance, and 3GB of storage to store up to 600 music tracks. Lastly, the GTR 2 gets the ability to answer phone calls this time around. This feature was absent from its predecessor and was only available on the Amazfit Nexo till now. You can also view app and SMS notifications on the watch.

Amazfit GTS 2 specs and features

The Amazfit GTS 2 is the cheaper of the two smartwatches. Its predecessor was also a pretty neat fitness tracker but had a few glaring faults that made it hard to recommend. We’re hoping Amazfit has worked on those issues.

In terms of design, the Amazfit GTS 2 is lighter and thinner than the previous model. It has a 1.65-inch AMOLED screen with a maximum brightness of 450 nits. The display also has a scratch-resistant coating for added durability.

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Like the GTR 2, the Amazfit GTS 2 currently features 12 professional sports modes and will get up to 90 in the future. Most of its features also remain the same as the GTR 2, including 5ATM water resistance, blood oxygen monitoring, 24-hour heart-rate tracking, support for receiving calls, 3GB of storage with the ability to store music, and built-in GPS. The only difference seems to be in design and battery life. The Amazfit GTS 2 promises a seven-day battery life, extendable by up to 20 hours with basic usage.

Price and availability

In China, the Amazfit GTR 2 sports version is priced at 999 yuan (~$147), while the Amazfit GTR 2 classic version with a leather strap is priced at 1,099 yuan (~$161).

The watches are also available in the US and UK. Both retail for $179 or £159 and are available through Amazfit’s online store and Amazon.

There is one big difference between the US/UK watches and the models that launched in China — Amazon Alexa support. The US/UK variants come with built-in Alexa, allowing you to control your smart home, ask for weather updates, and more.

You can check out the watches at the links below. Stay tuned for a full review!

The Amazfit GTR 2 is also now available in India. Its sport edition costs Rs 12,999 while the classic edition is available for Rs 13,499. You can buy it on Flipkart.

You can read a full review of the smartwatches here.