Less than a year later, Amazfit introduced the second generation of its smartwatch called Amazfit GTS 2. I already tested the first generation of the GTS version and was very pleased with both the build quality and design.
But what to expect from the second generation of the smartwatch? Let me explain in detail in my review below. But before we start, a few facts about the watch.
First, the GTS 2 was represented by the GTR 2. They got the same functions but completely different looks. Looking at the price point, both models will set you back $150. Currently, it is very difficult to acquire a watch as it is available for the Chinese market.
If the appearance of the second generation Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch remained almost untouched, then the filling has changed beyond recognition. The main functions I can attribute are Bluetooth support, there are a built-in microphone and speaker in the device.
Other features are oxygen level detection, BioTracker PPG with accurate heart rate detection, PAI, built-in GPS and GLONASS, and much more.
At first glance, the watch has grown greatly in software functionality since the first generation. But let’s share all the nuances and how all the functions work in a detailed and in-depth review.
Amazfit GTS 2: Specifications
|Amazfit GTS 2:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.65 inch AMOLED screen with 348 x 442 pixels|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof|
|Connection:||Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi 2.4Ghz|
|Standby time:||up to 7 days|
|Size:||42.8 x 35.6 x 9.7 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The appearance of the box of the second-generation GTS 2 is very similar to the first generation. It is a small square box with a drawing of a watch with the name of the brand and model on the front. On the side faces, you can find the designations of the main features, but about them a little later.
Inside the box, there is a familiar list of components for everyone. This is the watch itself, and in separate side boxes, there are instructions for use and a charging cable with a magnetic pad and two contacts.
Thus, the equipment is very standard, as for any smartwatch from the Amazfit brand. You will not find an additional strap or protective glass film here. Now let’s talk about the appearance and how much they differ from the first generation.
Design, build quality and materials
As I already mentioned, the appearance of Amazfit GTS 2 is very much like the first generation, but with minor differences.
The first thing I want to draw your attention to is that the frame of the device is made of metal alloy. And on the front, there is a protective 2.5D glass with rounded edges. On the reverse side, the glossy plastic is most likely used. Given the materials used, I have no strong remarks about them.
The same goes for the build quality, it is at a fairly high level and I did not notice any defects or creaks. In addition, the watch received full 5 ATM water protection. That is, you can easily dive with the watch to a depth of 50 meters.
Differences in design can be found in the cutout on the left side of the watch case. This is a hole for the speaker and through it, you can hear your interlocutor. The microphone hole is located on the back of the case in the lower-left corner.
Also on the right side, there is a physical button for turning on or activating functions. It has no scrolling actions. At the edges of the button, the watch has got some bulge. As the manufacturer assures, it is necessary against accidental clicks, and in order for the body to look symmetrically to the left side.
On the reverse side, we installed a PPG sensor that performs many functions and monitors your health. In addition, you can see two contacts that are needed to charge the device.
A little about the strap, it is removable and has a width of 20 mm. The strap itself is made of a pleasant silicone material, which is pleasant to the touch. But the downside is that the wrist will sweat a lot since there are no ventilation holes. Although, the strap is removable and it will not be a problem to replace it with any other option.
I can also note that the watch comes in three versions – black, gray, and gold. At the same time, the color of the smartwatch changes not only in the strap but also in the case of the device.
In terms of size, the new generation of the GTS 2 smartwatch has a similar meaning as the first generation. It is 42.8 x 35.6 x 9.7 mm, and the weight of the device does not exceed 25 grams, but excluding the strap. On the wrist, the smartwatch fits perfectly, and sometimes you even forget about its presence.
Like the first generation, the GTS 2 received a completely identical screen size. It was 1.65 inches and has a square shape like the Apple Watch. It uses an AMOLED matrix that reproduces rich and vibrant colors with a high level of brightness.
I can also note that the screen received a high pixel density with a value of 341 PPI since it has a resolution of 348 × 442 pixels. Therefore, I have no strong complaints about the screen, since the AMOLED screen has its own advantages and merits.
Ok, now I can share with you the main functions and tell you how they work in real life.
Functions, features, and application
The first thing I notice is the usefulness of the home screen. In the case of the Amazfit GTS 2, eight different watch faces are already pre-installed. Also, through the application, you can easily install additional ones.
There are about 53 types of watch faces available. In addition, some types of dials have custom settings, as was the case in the first generation of smartwatches.
If you swipe down, you get to the quick settings menu. Here I found – time, date, day of the week at the top. But at the bottom there are icons such as a flashlight, brightness control, do not disturb mode, screen protection, and many other features.
According to the measurement sensors, the GTS 2 model received many functions – this is tracking the heart rate, the level of oxygen in the blood, but the ECG did not appear, like in the last generation.
In addition, you will be able to use the useful PAI option, the relaxation function, and breathing restoration. However, all the same functions as the modern fitness bracelet Mi Band 5.
But the main difference for me was the presence of the Bluetooth calls function. That is, you will be able to answer and receive calls, but the smartwatch will need to be connected to the smartphone. The second-generation Amazfit has received a Bluetooth wireless connection with version 5.0 and has support for Wi-Fi with a frequency of 2.4 GHz.
As for sports modes, there are 12 different types, including swimming. I can also note that the device was equipped with a GPS module and a lift height module. Therefore, your performance in sports will be quite accurate and at the same time, you will not have to take your smartphone with you while running.
Another feature was the ability to use the built-in memory. The watch was equipped with 4 GB of memory and the manufacturer guarantees from 300 to 600 downloaded songs inside the watch. You can easily connect wireless earbuds to your watch and listen to your favorite music through it. This is a very useful feature that I missed earlier.
Contactless payment also makes sense to be in the Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch, since there is an NFC module here. But I assume that it will be valid only in China. I failed to connect my card.
The main disadvantage for me so far is the Chinese interface, since there is currently no global version. The company plans to release a global version later this month or early November 2020.
If we talk about the application, then the familiar application called Amazfit is used. It is available for many devices and I have not identified any connection problems.
In the application menu itself, familiar features are used and I do not plan to dwell on them for a long time. But I note that in the settings you can select applications through which notifications will come. And also you can analyze your physical activity on the map, choose custom watch faces, and much more.
Battery and run time
Despite the fact that the battery capacity in the second generation has grown by 26 mAh and is now 246 mAh, the battery life has been halved.
The manufacturer promises 7 days of work with active use or 25 hours of continuous GPS work. At the same time, the first generation had a battery life of up to 14 days. As my practice has shown, after two days of use, the smartwatch was discharged from 64% to 35%. I find this to be a good indicator since I used the watch at maximum load.
Charging time via a magnetic adapter will take about 2 hours of your time.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Amazfit GTS 2 is still not a bad smartwatch, which with confident strides is approaching the perfect smartwatch. But there were some drawbacks here, but let’s tell you what I liked about them.
Of course, it is a large square screen with high resolution and vibrant colors thanks to AMOLED technology. I also liked the work of the touchpad, especially its quick impact.
The build quality and materials used are at a high level, but the appearance has received minor differences compared to the first generation. But they look cool on the wrist and I really liked them in terms of wearing comfort.
Besides, I can highlight new useful features. This is the ability to answer calls, listen to music without using a phone, many different sports modes with a GPS module, and many other functions.
The disadvantages I can attribute is the user interface in Chinese, the battery life has become half as much. In addition, smartwatches will not be available for many users at this time. Therefore, it will be necessary to wait for up to one month, as the global version will be presented.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Everyone does not yet have the opportunity to purchase a smartwatch unless of course, you live in China. The price in China for the Amazfit GTS 2 watch will be 999 yuan and I will leave a link below to the official online store.
As soon as the global version goes on sale, I will definitely add a link to an online store at a low cost and at an affordable price. On my own, I will add that the second-generation smartwatch from Amazfit turned out to be really worthwhile and I can recommend it for purchase.