Today I want to tell you in detail about the release of two new smartwatches from Amazfit. These are the junior or lite models of the flagship watch that I was able to test a few months ago and they were named Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e.
Thus, even from the name, one can guess that the watch has limited functions and capabilities compared to its older brothers. Therefore, in this detailed review, I will share with you the main differences between the two generations and talk about the main pros and cons.
As strange as it may sound, the price tag for new generations of smartwatches has remained the same – it’s $140. I will also remind you that the cost for the full version of Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 will cost you a little more – $180.
The main improvement between generations 2 and 2e was battery life. Now smartwatch models GTR 2e and GTS 2e can work almost twice as long as their older generations. As you might guess, this is due to a reason, but limited functions. Therefore, the presence of some functions is not present and I will tell you about them in a full review.
The basic features and functions are almost the same as the design. For example, onboard the smartwatches Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e have a heart rate tracking sensor, steps, PAI function, and even a new function for detecting your body temperature. But on models GTR 2 and GTS 2 there was no temperature sensor.
So let me start my in-depth and detailed review with unboxing to find out the main differences between these generations of smartwatches.
Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e: Specifications
|Specs:||Amazfit GTR 2e||Amazfit GTS 2e|
|Screen:||1.39 inch AMOLED screen with 454 by 454 pixels||1.65 inch AMOLED screen with 348 by 442 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, GPS, GLONASS||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, GPS, GLONASS|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof||5ATM waterproof|
|Connection:||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Standby time:||up to 24 days||up to 14 days|
|Size:||46.5 х 46.5 х 10.8 mm||42.8 x 35.6 x 9.7 mm|
Unpacking and packaging
Like most smartwatches from Amazfit, the two new generations of Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e come in a completely similar white package. Only now the drawing on the front part and its name are different from each other.
The packaging itself looks very sturdy and reliable as the cardboard is quite thick. Therefore, during transportation, the smartwatch will definitely not be damaged. But the equipment remains completely the same as that of the older generations GTR 2 and GTS 2.
For example, inside the GTR 2e and GTS 2e boxes, I found the smartwatch itself with a protective transport film on the screen. Also included are instructions in many different languages and a USB-A format double-pin magnetic charging cable.
Design, workmanship, and materials used
If we talk about the appearance of the new generation of smartwatches Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e and comparing with the older generation GTR 2 and GTS 2, then you will not notice much difference.
But there are several differences, for example, on the front of the case on the GTR 2e and GTS 2e models, a 2.5D protective glass was installed, but on the second generation, 3.0D glass was used. I think this is not much of a difference and at first glance, you won’t even notice the difference.
Even the dimensions and weight have remained almost completely identical. The smartwatch model GTR 2e received dimensions – 46.5 x 46.5 x 10.8 mm, and weighs about 32 grams without a strap. And the GTS 2e version is 42.8 x 35.6 x 9.7 mm and weighs 25 grams excluding the weight of the strap. The second generation of smartwatches has the same dimensions and weight.
Both models have a case made of aluminum alloy on the front of the case, but on the back, there is a matte durable black plastic. There is a slight difference between generations 2e and 2. Previously, the second-generation smartwatch had a glossy material on the back that looked like glass.
In addition, you will not find differences between the screens of the new generation GTR 2e and GTS 2e and GTR 2 and GTS 2. These are completely similar screens and let’s remember their features.
For example, Amazfit GTR 2e and GTR 2 got 1.39 inches with 454 x 454 pixels resolution. In this case, the same matrix is used – this is AMOLED and the maximum brightness of the screens was 326 nits. Indeed, the screens of both models are very good and easy to read even in bright sunlight.
The same applies to the Amazfit GTS 2e and GTS 2 models, which received a completely identical screen size and resolution. It uses a 1.65 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 348 x 442 pixels. At the same time, the maximum brightness level was 270 nits. This is a rectangular screen and to be honest, I prefer the round dials like on the GTR models.
In terms of control features, as in the second generation, the new GTR 2e and GTS 2e smartwatches received exactly the same physical buttons. On the version with a round screen, there are two mechanical buttons on the right side of the case, and on the model with a rectangular screen, one button is used. Both models have very good button responses and therefore the build quality on both the new and the second generation is very high.
It is also worth noting that all modifications have full protection against water under the 5 ATM standard. Therefore, you can easily swim in the pool, in the sea to a depth of 50 meters or a pressure of 5 atmospheres. I am delighted that the new generation GTR 2e and GTS 2e have received the same water resistance as their big brothers.
On the back of the case of the GTR 2e and GTS 2e models, there are two contacts for charging smartwatches. But there are also various sensors for tracking your activities and health indicators. For example, all models use BioTracker 2, PPG with blood oxygen support, and a biological data sensor.
Now a little about the differences between generations 2e and 2. On the new watches GTR 2e and GTS 2e there is now no speaker. Thus, it is not difficult to guess that the Bluetooth calling function will also be absent. But the presence of microphones is available and you can use the voice assistant to control your smartwatch. For example, you can request to open the sleep results function, PAI, or others.
In terms of straps, all the new GTR 2e and GTS 2e models use a silicone strap, but with different widths. The round watch has a 22 mm wide strap, while the rectangular watch dial has a 20 mm wide strap. On each model, the strap is removable and therefore it will not be a problem to replace it with any other option.
But I note that on the older model GTR 2, there was a choice between a silicone and a leather strap. But on the new model 2e, only one option is used – a silicone strap.
Functions, features, and application
The new models of smartwatches Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e received almost the same user interface. Therefore, I will describe the control features of only one of the models, since all functions are completely identical.
The first activation meets me with a QR code on the main screen. Thus, before analyzing each function, I needed to connect to the mobile application. Currently, all smart wearable devices from the Amazfit brand have the same mobile app called Zepp. It can be downloaded either through the Play or APP Stores.
Then, after logging into the Zepp mobile app, you need to connect our smartwatch. Therefore, we select GTR 2e or GTS 2e from the list and scan the QR code that is displayed on the watch. I had to wait a few minutes for the watch to receive a full update and then I could fully use the wearable smartwatch.
The home screen of your smartwatch offers a wide variety of different watch faces to choose from. To change the appearance or design of the dial, you need to hold on to the main screen for a few seconds with one finger.
In addition, there are several types of watch faces that can display some of the features on the screen. This is a very handy feature and I really like it. You can also additionally install many different watches faces through the mobile application. I have counted over 50 types of watch faces on both models.
In terms of touch control, all models of the Amazfit brand have received an excellent touch panel. Moreover, each swiping was very smooth and accurate.
If you swipe to the right or left, then you can come across the most important modes or widgets. The first widget is activity throughout the day, where you can analyze steps, distance, and calories. The following widgets are heart rate, music player, weather, PAI and you can add or remove some widgets as well.
When I swipe down, I get to the quick settings menu, where I can see information about the date, time, battery level, and other information. And also in this section, I can activate the flashlight, set the brightness level, do not disturb mode, and much more. If you swipe up from the main screen, you will get to the recent notifications menu.
To access the main menu with all functions, press the top button on the GTR 2e or the single-center button on the GTS 2e. Here I can list many functions, for example – activity, PAI, heart rate, sport modes, spO2 blood oxygen level, stress, and many other functions that I have already listed earlier.
But the most important feature in both Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e models was the appearance of the body temperature detection function. It may not work as accurately as we would like. For example, I took several measurements and my average body temperature was about 32 degrees Celsius.
It’s also worth talking about sports modes and workouts, as 90 different workouts were set on both watches. Each workout is divided into sections, for example, there are different types of workouts outdoors, in the gym, and even in the pool.
Also on the GTR 2e and GTS 2e models, there is an already installed GPS module, so while running outdoors, your performance will be very realistic. Also, through the Zepp mobile app, you will have the opportunity to analyze your training route and share it with your friends on social networks.
But the main difference between the second generation of smartwatches and the new GTR 2e and GTS 2e watches is the lack of a speaker. Thus, you will not be able to answer phone calls over a Bluetooth connection. But also you will not be able to listen to music through the speakers, as was possible on the GTR 2 and GTS 2 models.
The last thing to talk about is the Zepp app itself. Yes, you can customize a wide variety of functions and features here. But besides this, the application is needed to analyze your physical activity and receive notifications. The rest of the application received similar functions, like any smartwatch with similar features.
Battery and run time
Ok, now I think it’s worth talking about the main differences between the GTR 2e and GTS 2e generations, and the GTR 2 and GTS 2. That is, of course, the battery life. It has almost doubled, although the battery capacity remains the same when compared to its predecessor. For example, the GTR 2e and GTR 2 have a 471 mAh battery, while the GTS 2e and GTS 2 have 246 mAh.
For example, if earlier the second-generation GTS 2 had a battery life of about 7 days with typical use and about 20 days with basic functions. The updated GTS 2e now has a battery life of 14 days in typical use.
The same goes for the GTR watch line. Previously, the battery life was up to 14 days with typical use, now the GTR 2e has up to 24 days of battery life.
Naturally, if you often use a watch with a GPS function, then the battery life will not be so long. It is also worth mentioning the charging time, on both watches it will take you about 2.5 hours of your time.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
In this full review of the new smartwatch models Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e, I have analyzed all the main differences between older brothers. But let’s briefly go through the features that I liked and also talk about the main disadvantages.
The first and most important improvement was the battery life, now smartwatches will be able to delight you with their work longer without unnecessary charging. I also liked the appearance of a temperature sensor, a bright and rich AMOLED screen, and excellent workmanship and materials used.
Of the minuses, I can attribute it to the lack of Bluetooth calls and a built-in speaker. Also, there is no support for the Android Wear operating system and there is no built-in NFC module for contactless payment.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can easily get the Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e smartwatches at a rather tempting offer – for only $139.99.
I can definitely recommend both models of smartwatches, but if you need Bluetooth calling, then the second generation of smartwatches is worth considering.