Huami Amazfit GTS Review: Surprisingly different from the Apple Watch

Huami is doubtless one of many largest wearable gadget companies on this planet, claiming a worldwide market share of over 17% by its Amazfit mannequin. The wearable home in markets like India has truly grown beforehand few years, utilizing on the once more of low-cost however reliable good well being trackers like Xiaomi’s Mi Band lineup. These good well being trackers get the “fitness tracking” bits good, and on account of their pricing, they’re among the many many excessive recommendations for patrons who’re merely starting out on the path of well being and practice. Nonetheless what in case you wished a smart well being tracker that had some further traits of a standard wristwatch and possibly a lot of the smartness of a smartwatch too? That’s the place devices similar to the Huami Amazfit GTR and Amazfit GTS can be found.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

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The Huami Amazfit GTS was launched in China in August this 12 months, and subsequently, the gadget made its technique to the Indian market in October. Every the Amazfit GTS and the Amazfit GTR (which Tushar lately reviewed) sit in between two gadget courses. Calling them mere well being trackers could be doing the GTS and GTR a gross injustice, and there could also be not enough “smart” inside these two to call them smartwatches each. On this overview, we’ll uncover how the Amazfit GTS options as a well being tracker and as a smart-ish watch, and the way in which it sizes up in the direction of its sibling, the Amazfit GTR.

Specs Amazfit GTS
Measurement and weight
  • 43.25 x 36.25 x 9.4mm
  • 25g
Provides Aluminum alloy for sides and physique, polymer supplies for the underside cowl
Wrist band Silicone, 20mm
Compatibility Android 5.0+, iOS 10.0+
Present 1.65″ AMOLED, resolution 348 x 442, 341ppi, 100% NTSC, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Connectivity Bluetooth v5 BLE
  • PPG coronary coronary heart payment sensor
  • 6-axis Accelerometer
  • 3-axis Geomagnetic sensor
  • Barometer
  • E-compass
  • Ambient mild sensor
NFC funds No
Battery 220mAh
Water Resistance 5 ATM

Remember: Amazfit has loaned us the Amazfit GTS (Obsidian Black). This overview is after better than Four weeks of each day utilization.


The Huami Amazfit GTS appears similar to the Apple Watch at first look. And unsurprisingly, “Is that the Apple Watch?” has been basically essentially the most steadily requested question each time I ventured out with this watch on my wrist. Nonetheless, the similarities exist only for the first few fleeting moments, as a keener assertion would reveal that the one bit that the Amazfit GTS shares with the Apple Watch is the rounded-square type of the present.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

The Amazfit GTS comes with a metallic shell, constituted of a lightweight aluminum alloy, that varieties the precept physique of the smartwatch/well being tracker. The underside of the watch has a polymer cap, which when blended with the comparatively small 220 mAh battery, contributes to the meager 25g weight of the precept watch unit. That’s in distinction to the 36g weight of the aluminum variant of the 47mm Amazfit GTR and the 31g weight of the lightest Apple Watch 5. The lightness of the watch will get further noticeable when the bands are accounted for, as a result of the Amazfit GTS comes with simple silicon bands, not just like the silicon-reinforced leather-based that the GTR comes with. The tip outcomes of this combination is that the watch merely appears and appears heavier than it actually is. It feels very mild on the wrist, to the aim which you could possibly neglect that it is there, a (lack of) sensation that it shares with smaller well being trackers similar to the Mi Band 4. Not lower than for my very personal preferences, I do need my watches to have a certain weight and heft to them, so the weight-to-size mismatch took some getting used to.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

Whereas the GTR comes with a metallic lip resting on the circumference of its present, the GTS comes with curved/rounded edges on all Four sides of its present. This supplies the watch a transparent and seamless look and is doubtless one of many contributing parts that give off the Apple Watch vibe and impression.

Everytime you take a greater look, you may uncover that the GTS has extended lugs on the side for its straps, which is in distinction to the indentation that the Apple Watch depends upon for connecting the watch module with the straps. The Amazfit GTS moreover has a single spherical wheel centered on thought of one in all its sides, versus the Apple Watch’s press button and the offset crown. Amazfit GTS’s spherical wheel does rotate, nonetheless doing so is pointless as there is no efficiency linked to it — you can solely push/press the button to elicit any response from the watch.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker - Straps

The silicon bands, whereas they’re of superb top quality, are comparatively simplistic and first. This simplicity takes away from the appeal to of the “watch” aspect of this gadget. Huami does promote further band decisions globally, nonetheless not significantly in India by official channels. Fortuitously, the straps could also be merely eradicated, so you can swap in elevated top quality and completely completely different supplies bands for the 20mm band measurement. I would counsel you obtain this, primarily because of the watch module by itself can look greater when paired with a further premium band. Whereas the silicon bands are of superb top quality, the underside supplies itself feels flimsy and does not do justice to the ₹9,999 ticket of the gadget. I would like Huami coupled the watch by default with the leather-based band that we see on the GTR 47mm, as that gives a further premium contact to the watch which it at current lacks. And never utilizing a premium actually really feel to it, the GTS ends up as a glorified Mi Band 4 with an even bigger present — and whereas that’s in all probability not such a foul assertion considering how impressed we were with the Mi Band 4, you proceed to do want your watch to look good in your wrist. The Mi Band 4 acquired away with wanting modest and unassuming on account of its decrease value tag; for the Amazfit GTS, the expectations are quite a bit elevated, and it does not ship along with the Amazfit GTR 47mm does on this regard.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

A smaller criticism I had with the Amazfit GTS was the prevalent bezel border that hugs the edges of the present. This could be a small problem that includes mild solely whilst you use watch faces which have a non-black background. Given that Amazfit GTS has an AMOLED present, watch faces which have an AMOLED black background appear prettier as one does not uncover the bezels on the gadget, giving it a seamless look. Everytime you change to a novel background color, as an illustration, the white watch face that you just see inside the image above, you may be reminded of the existence of the bezel. It’s not a deal-breaker in any strategy, however it absolutely’s one factor I can’t ignore.

Within the case of security, the present comes with Gorilla Glass Three on excessive, which should defend it from scratches, and an anti-fingerprint coating (the smudges you see in a lot of the footage are on account of my sunscreen). For water resistance, the Amazfit GTS does not embrace any official IP rating or assure in the direction of liquid hurt, nonetheless Huami claims the watch can resist 5 ATM stress. That’s authentic only for freshwater, so you can placed on the watch if you end up swimming in a pool, nonetheless not inside the sea.


The Amazfit GTS has a 1.65-inch rectangular AMOLED present that has a call of 348 x 442, giving it an amazing 341 ppi pixel density (elevated than the 326ppi on the GTR 47mm). Even at shut distances, you may be unlikely to notice any of the particular person pixels, so the present always appears sharp and clear. In its official spec sheet, Amazfit claims 100% NTSC coverage, that implies that color copy on the present should be as a lot as the standard — though it nonetheless is a 1.65-inch present in your wrist and by no means a monitor in your desk, so this spec would not have been a problem even when it had been inferior.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

Very just like the Amazfit GTR 47mm, the Amazfit GTS can get very shiny and keep readable under daylight. This watch moreover comes with an ambient mild sensor, allowing the watch to control brightness routinely and react shortly to ambient lighting circumstances. There is not a apparent shifting in colors each, whilst you view the watch from an angle.

The Amazfit GTS moreover comes with an always-on-display (AOD) efficiency, that exhibits main information like time, date and step rely in each an analog dial or digital dial. You presumably can solely choose from these two preset faces (or flip AOD off), so there is no further customization that is doable over proper right here, which is a bummer. AOD moreover has the large draw back of draining battery life, nonetheless that’s one factor we witness all through your total spectrum of exhibits and due to this fact, is simply not a problem distinctive to the GTS in any strategy. I do not uncover AOD to be undoubtedly well worth the trade-off.

Whereas I personally am not a fan of sq. exhibits/dials on watches, there could also be nothing objectively incorrect with the present on the Amazfit GTS. The UX that Amazfit makes use of blends in fully with the rectangular present, further so than it might on the spherical Amazfit GTR, I would argue as a result of predominance of scrolling lists all by the UX. The present is shiny, crisp, correctly saturated, and responds as anticipated to the contact. Gorilla Glass Three is the cherry on excessive, meaning which you could possibly placed on the watch with much more confidence. In about three weeks of use, I’ve not managed to scuff my watch or its present in any strategy, which is an affidavit for its assemble top quality. The bezel is a necessary evil, one which the GTR masked by using a spherical dial on excessive. Nonetheless as a result of the GTS does not have a dial, it as an alternative boasts of a seamless experience that poses no hurdles to the swipe-oriented UX.

{{Hardware}} and Connectivity

Huami has not divulged any particulars concerning the onboard processor that makes the Amazfit GTR tick, nor has it for the GTS. There’s neither information of the RAM on the smartwatch nor regarding the onboard storage. And since the GTR and GTS are further of a hybrid between a smartwatch and a well being tracker, as well as they lack a lot of the {{hardware}} choices we see on appropriate smartwatches similar to the Mi Watch — so there are usually not any audio system, no mics, no NFC, no USB ports, and undoubtedly no group connectivity choices previous Bluetooth. Fewer choices suggest longer battery life and cheaper pricing, so this isn’t a pure damaging in any strategy.

For its sensors, the Amazfit GTS comes with a PPG (photoplethysmography) coronary coronary heart payment sensor, commonly known as an optical coronary coronary heart payment sensor. This PPG sensor is complemented by a 6-axis accelerometer, 3-axis geomagnetic sensor, a barometer for measuring the air stress, and an ambient mild sensor. It moreover comes with GPS and GLONASS for positioning.

Exactly similar to the Amazfit GTR, the {{hardware}} on the Amazfit GTS isn’t very thrilling or peculiar, and it serves correctly within the case of monitoring stats related to train and sleep. The UX on this watch isn’t very taxing each, so the modest processing capabilities are ample for the duties the gadget has acquired all the way down to receive.

The GTS connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth 5.Zero BLE. There aren’t completely different decisions for connecting your watch to your cellphone or your watch to completely different gear comparable to Bluetooth headsets. And since you can’t retailer any music on the watch, there would have been little stage to connecting an audio accent on to the watch anyway. You presumably can, nonetheless, administration music playback in your smartphone by the watch, and this music might presumably be collaborating in by a Bluetooth audio accent. I would like Huami considers baking in some storage, main music playback efficiency, and the ability to hook up with Bluetooth audio peripherals for future smartwatches on this range, as then one can comfortably depart behind their smartphone when understanding.

Particular person Experience — Watch and Companion App

The UX on the Amazfit GTS is strictly the equivalent as that on the Amazfit GTR, as a result of normal UX that Huami has come to undertake on its newer devices. Most navigation is accomplished by scrolling up and down by the lists that provided to you, whereas a swipe from the left to the most effective goes once more to the sooner menu show display. Pressing on the bodily button takes you once more to the precept watch face, and pressing it as soon as extra shuts off the present, and yet another press of the button or faucet on the present lights it up. On the precept watchface, you can swipe correct or left to entry your each day step rely and your coronary coronary heart payment data. You presumably can swipe proper all the way down to convey the quick settings panel, which lets you toggle flashlight, DND, Brightness, and present lock.

Now we enterprise into territories the place the Amazfit GTS is strictly the equivalent as a result of the Amazfit GTR that Tushar reviewed. This entails the UX, the well being monitoring aspects, and the companion Amazfit app. I counsel finding out the associated sections (Choices – Particular person Experience, Choices – Well being Monitoring, and Amazfit Companion App), as all of the issues present inside these sections is strictly the equivalent all through every the watches.

The Amazfit GTS, similar to the GTR, moreover helps displaying notifications that you have acquired in your cellphone. You presumably can choose which apps can present notifications on the watch, efficiently allowing you to filter solely the very important apps to your sit up for fast consideration. Nonetheless, in case you get a lot of notifications from an app, the oldest (and by no means the newest) is displayed on excessive, and it is vital to navigate to view the newest notification. This shortly will get annoying if in case you’ve a chatty WhatsApp dialog ongoing, as an illustration, because it’s vital to work along with the watch merely to stay abreast with the notification deluge. You presumably can clear notifications, nonetheless you can’t reply to them by the watch. The GTS and GTR even have trouble with scripts other than English — emojis and scripts like Hindi will solely present a “?”, indicating a shortage of Unicode character help.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

Emojis and specific characters are displayed as ?

One profit that the Amazfit GTS and GTR have over cheaper well being trackers is the inclusion of GPS contained in the watch. This makes them greater companions for monitoring displacement workouts, comparable to strolling and working, as now you may file GPS data even in case you wouldn’t have your smartphone spherical you. The GPS on the watch takes about 10-15 seconds of being out in an open home to lock on, which can test your persistence in case you’re in a rush. As quickly because the GPS is locked in, it is appropriate as long as you may be in a decently open spot. Do you have to do enterprise indoors, you may shortly lose GPS, and getting a connection once more would energy you to attend for 10-15 seconds, or have you ever ever proceed on with out prepared for the lock — it’ll come once more by itself.

The equivalent GPS data could be synced to the companion Amazfit app, the place it could be displayed greater. You presumably can choose to point out merely the route on a clear canvas or present it on the map with an selection to change to a satellite tv for pc television for computer view. Alongside the GPS data, you moreover get further information in your train. I found the step monitoring to be appropriate nonetheless be careful for the “automatic pause” attribute as that tended to pause my train as soon as I merely slowed down (nonetheless had not stopped absolutely) — the train monitoring does not immediately resume, so this good thought feels poorly executed.

The Amazfit GTS can have the ability to sleep monitoring. Nonetheless since this watch has an even bigger measurement than that of an not noticeable well being tracker, I subjectively uncover it uncomfortable to fall asleep whereas carrying one. I moreover found the watch to not be very appropriate in detecting as soon as I stand up, as I sometimes idle in mattress for an amazing 10-15 minutes even after waking up, and the watch was unable to detect the reality that I had woken up and had some very mild hand movement. I attempted to gather data on the deviation by carrying every the Mi Band 4 and the Amazfit GTS to sleep, nonetheless I could not fall asleep the least bit with every on my wrist, and due to this fact, can current no further notion.

The one attribute that Tushar was unable to discuss in his GTR overview was PAI, as a result of it was launched to the GTS and GTR in late November and was not spherical on the GTR on the time of overview. PAI, temporary for Personalized Activity Intelligence, claims to be a scientifically validated metric that offers notion into how the practice you do is contributing to your nicely being. PAI thus claims to bridge the outlet between train data and the way in which your particular person nicely being is affected, primarily telling you whether or not or not you should have executed enough or not enough based in your non-public coronary coronary heart payment data.

PAI makes use of the middle payment data collected all through bodily train to provide a PAI ranking. The complete PAI ranking depends on a rolling 7-day window, and the target is to maintain a PAI ranking of 100 or further, which has apparently confirmed to provide most nicely being benefits. The target of 100 PAI was chosen as a normalized price, nonetheless what each specific particular person should do to comprehend 100 PAI could be apparently distinctive to them. As you develop to be more healthy, it moreover turns into inherently tougher to comprehend 100 PAI which makes it appropriately tough for all ranges. Shamefully, I on no account acquired earlier 11 PAI inside the weeks after the attribute was rolled out, which is a reflection of the scarcity of practice in my life.

For understanding further regarding the practice and well being monitoring on the watch, and on efficiency contained in the Amazfit app comparable to altering the watch face and further, check out Tushar’s overview of the Amazfit GTR. Do discover which you could possibly sideload watch faces on the GTR and GTS too, and the tactic is fairly easy presuming you should have a .bin watchface file ready.


The Mi Band 4 set my expectations very extreme for battery life on the well being trackers, so naturally, Huami’s claims on vitality effectivity had me intrigued. And for basically essentially the most half, the Amazfit GTS delivers on the promoting claims. No matter having solely a small 220 mAh battery, as compared with the 410mAh battery on the Amazfit GTR 47mm, the Amazfit GTS can contact 14 days of battery life. With further frequent coronary coronary heart payment measurement, further exercise routines, and further notifications and vibrations, I would comfortably attain 12 days of battery life. For sure that’s with out AOD, as turning on AOD fully massacres battery life. The Amazfit GTS with AOD supplies slightly below Four days of battery life, which is decrease than 1 / Four of what you can in another case get. Seeing how one can carry the watch to wake it up, this tradeoff felt unwarranted for AOD.

The Amazfit GTS takes about an hour to fully value, and it does so with the magnetic charger clip that is included inside the area. Given that charger holds the watch in place with the help of respectable magnets, you don’t ought to wrestle with the watch in any technique to get it to value. This fixes my biggest annoyance with the Mi Band 4 and its horrible charging cradle and reaffirms that magnet-based choices are one of the simplest ways to go for charging these good gear. Identical to the GTR, the utmost charging payment for the smartwatch is 2.5W (5V @ 0.5A). You solely get the USB charging cable inside the area — no charging brick is included, nonetheless it’s a fairly customary situation for gear.

Huami Amazfit GTS: Character previous the Apple Watch-likeness

The longer I wore the Amazfit GTS, the additional I was glad that it is unfair to match it to the Apple Watch, and the injustice would actually transfer every strategies. The Apple Watch is an accurate smartwatch, and it comes with choices and a ticket that positively leaves no doubts on this aspect. The Amazfit GTS, then once more, has a persona that is fully distinct from the Watch, with the one connecting thread between the two is the type of the watch module.

Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker

The GTS moreover sits between being a very good smartwatch and being solely a well being tracker, taking a balanced technique in path of reaching every of these targets. It is a smart reply for a lot of who’re moreover a well being tracker which makes its private vogue assertion. Nonetheless, I do actually really feel Huami would possibly do greater on making the watch further fashionable. Merely offering further band supplies selections would alleviate the watch to being a better companion for occasions that require further form and care a lot much less about function.

The Amazfit GTS in India is obtainable in Obsidian Black, Lava Grey, Desert Gold, Steel Blue, and Vermillion Orange colors. All color variants in addition to the Vermillion Orange have matching colors for the watch module and the strap, whereas the Vermillion Orange matches a silver watch module with an orange-colored strap. The Amazfit GTS could be obtainable in a Titanium Model in China, which replaces the aluminum physique for a titanium assemble, and the silicone straps for a fluoro-rubber strap. The extra heft of titanium coupled with presumably good top quality straps should be enough to convey the pizzazz that the standard variant lacks. I hope Huami will get the Titanium Model Amazfit GTS to India, as that is further in step with one factor I would placed on on my wrist that isn’t solely a lightweight well being tracker. Do you have to aren’t too loyal to the type of the watch, the Amazfit GTR 47mm is a further fashionable completely different.


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