About a month ago, at the IFA 2019 exhibition, Amazfit introduced the new smartwatches Amazfit GTS and Amazfit Stratos 3. We already wrote about the smartwatch model GTS, if you have not read, you can click by the link here. Today we will talk about a new smart wearable device called Amazfit Stratos 3.
At first glance, you might think that Amazfit smartwatches have similar specifications, only a slightly different appearance. In fact, Amazfit Stratos 3 smartwatches are designed exclusively for extreme sports and can be classified as watches like Garmin or others.
Now, the price of watches is not the lowest, but they can be purchased for $219.99. If you look at the date of 11.11, then the price will be $ 199.99.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 smartwatch received a rather large screen with a size of 1.34 inches, 19 types of sports modes, a sporty appearance, a decent battery life up to 14 days and much more.
Therefore, I propose to begin our review by unpacking and further discuss the main functions of a smartwatch.
Amazfit Stratos 3: Specifications
|Amazfit Stratos 3:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.34 inch reflective screen with 320 x 320 pixels|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof|
|Connection:||Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS|
|Standby time:||up to 14 days|
|Size:||48.6 x 13.4 mm|
Amazfit Stratos 3: Unboxing
This is not the first time I’ve tested a smartwatch from Amazfit and apparently the appearance of the box does not change at all, except for the picture and model name.
Everything is neatly inside the box and I found out – the smartwatch itself, a separate 22 mm strap, a magnetic charging station and a manual.
Typical and standard equipment from Amazfit. Of course, for such a price I would like to get additional accessories, for example, a protective film on the screen.
Amazfit Stratos 3: Design
If we recall the appearance of the last generation Amazfit Stratos, the new third-generation Stratos 3 almost did not receive global changes.
This is the same round dial screen that got the sporty design. They look brutal on the arm and are definitely suitable for a male audience.
Amazfit Stratos 3 watches will be 48.6 mm in diameter and 13.4 mm thick. The weight of the device will be approximately 59.6 grams. They sit well on the hand and do not bring any discomfort.
On the front side, there is a 1.34-inch reflective screen with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The glass is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 from minor scratches and drops.
The frame around the screen is small, and the case itself is made of polycarbonate, the ears for attaching the strap are plastic and cast.
On the bottom, there are four contacts for charging or connecting to a computer and an optical PPG sensor for determining heart rate.
On the side face on the right side, there are four buttons for control – this is the power, volume control or scrolling up and down and move back.
There is an opening for an air pressure sensor on the underside of the strap.
The strap got a standard size of 22 mm and it is removable. The silicone black strap got a perforation with a relief pattern.
On my arm, you can compare the sizes of the Amazfit Stratos 3 and Amazfit GTR. As you can see, the screen on the Stratos 3 is much better to read in the sun thanks to the reflective screen.
Indeed, the screen quality is good and has large viewing angles. It is well suited for playing sports in any weather and the information on the smartwatch will be visible accurately and without any problems. Although for normal use, the screen will also be an ideal companion.
In addition, the Amazfit Stratos 3 smartwatch has received full protection against the water of the 5ATM standard, so you can dive into them to a depth of 50 meters.
The appearance of the smartwatch Amazfit Stratos 3 received minor changes, but the build quality is at a high level. During testing, I did not find any flaws and annoying creaky elements.
Amazfit Stratos 3: Performance and Features
The Amazfit Stratos 3 smartwatch received a Sony GNSS chip with reduced power consumption. It also installed 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The latter will be useful for downloading music and listening via Bluetooth 5.0 on your wireless headphones.
The watch works on the Amazfit OS operating system, but it is built on Android. If I connect the device to the computer, I see a similar folder structure as on Android devices.
The device also supports wireless WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and contactless payment NFC. The latter does not yet work in any country except China, but perhaps an update will come and the function will be available.
In addition, the smartwatch received GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo to determine the exact location during your workouts.
There are three GPS operating modes in the watch settings, the first is the maximum, during this mode the watch can work for about 35 hours with 100% using all networks. There is also an average when they will partially determine your location – then the working time will be about 45 hours. And the last is the most economical mode with minimal power consumption – and the operating time using GPS will be about 70 hours.
The new generation of sports smartwatch Amazfit Stratos 3 received an optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer and electronic compass. Of course, for activities and hiking in the mountains, each sensor will be useful.
The main dial shows a lot of useful information, such as time, day of the week, date, steps taken and calories and battery level.
If you hold a couple of seconds on the main screen, you will be taken to the menu for selecting various dials, which can also be set separately.
The quick settings menu can be accessed by scrolling from top to bottom from the main screen. Here you will see – the battery level, date and day of the week from above. There is also a do not disturb mode, power-saving mode, settings, flight mode, and brightness level settings.
By swipe to the right of the main screen, a notification menu will appear.
The main menu of the watch is called up by a swipe to the left of the main screen – where I see the following icons, such as activity, heart rate, sport, status, weather, alarm clock, compass, barometer, location, timer, stopwatch, music, sleep, and settings.
As I already said, smartwatches have built-in memory and you can use approximately 1.9 GB for your musical performances. The music player is working properly and accurately, I did not find any problems with the control.
The number of functions of the Amazfit Stratos 3 smartwatch is very large. There is even a look at 19 sports modes that will be useful for your training both on land and on water.
The BioTracker heart rate sensor is working properly and the readings of the PPG optical sensor were very realistic, both in quiet mode and during activities.
In addition, Amazfit began working with FIRSTBEAT. This technology is used for training athletes. Using the FIRSTBEAT algorithms you can improve your results, but at the same time avoid severe injuries or harmful loads.
Of course, you can synchronize the watch with the Amazfit mobile application. I talked about it specifically in the reviews about the Amazfit GTR and GTS watches.
In the application menu, you can configure notifications, see the history of completed workouts, sleep, and much more. The application itself is very similar to Mi Fit and not surprisingly, as Amazfit and Xiaomi work almost shoulder to shoulder side by side and together.
Amazfit Stratos 3: Battery
Inside the Amazfit Stratos 3, a 300 mAh battery is installed. Of course, at first glance – this may seem a little, but in practice, a smartwatch can work for about 1 week.
But if you do not need the full performance of a smartwatch, in the settings you can choose the ultra mode and the battery life will be about 14 days.
The charging time through the magnetic station will be approximately 2.5 hours.
Amazfit Stratos 3: Conclusions and Reviews
The Amazfit Stratos 3 smartwatch is primarily designed for sports and active walks in the mountains or other hard-to-reach places.
They got a modern design and at other times a practical appearance with carbon elements and water protection up to 50 meters.
In terms of functionality, the Amazfit Stratos 3 is far superior to the Amazfit GTR, for example, with 19 sports training modes, an optical heart rate sensor, a barometer, a compass and much more.
I also liked the reflective screen, which works on the principle that the brighter the sun or the light hits the screen, the brighter and clearer it will work. In previous generations, a similar screen was used and I was very glad to see it again on Stratos 3.
Amazfit Stratos 3: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now you can order and buy a smartwatch Amazfit Stratos 3 at a good price for $ 219.99. But do not rush, as at 11.11 the price will be slightly less and amount to $ 199.99.
If you choose between Amazfit Stratos 3 and Amazfit GTR, I would choose the first option, as they have great functionality and attractive appearance.