Keeping tabs on your performance and general well-being has never been easier since the inception of the smartwatch. A glance at your wrist can keep you in chime with more than just step count and heart rate.
While the wellness industry is booming with products that focus on improving people’s health, fitness and wellness, what Amazfit’s latest fitness smartwatches, the GTR 4 and GTS 4, offer is not simply an evaluation of one’s physical well-being but a guide to a new style of living.
As a leading global smart ‘wearables’ brand, Amazfit has been keeping its eyes on providing the smoothest and most comfortable user experience since day one. The brand is well-known for developing products that combine style, personality and well-rounded functionality. So, what makes the latest generation so attractive, aside from the brand’s already competitive health management system?
Simply put, the latest generation smartwatches now feature the industry’s first-ever dual-band circularly-polarised GPS antenna technology. For all you adventurers out there, this means that the Amazfit GTR 4 & GTS 4 are now capable of boasting GPS tracking up to 99% as accurate as hand-held GPS locators in open air scenarios.
Basically, while the majority of smartwatch equipped with linearly-polarised antennas only pick up around 50% of a satellite's signals, the circularly-polarised antenna nears 100%. This accuracy is particularly helpful when running/hiking in places where signals might be taken out by trees or tall buildings.
You’ll no doubt be aware of sports modes, the GTR 4 & GTS 4 have 150 of them already built in, but have you heard of your training being auto-tracked? The watches automatically recognize up to 25 kinds of strength exercises and count your steps, sets and rest time.
Apart from the ability to sync with apps like Strava, Amazfit have apparently partnered up with adidas Runtastic. So you can sync your Amazfit GTR 4 or GTS 4 workout data to the adidas Running app after the upcoming Zepp App update, soon after.
We should probably delineate the actual differences between the GTR 4 & GTS 4. All it comes down to is a question of your personal taste.
The GTR 4 is a little bulkier and more ‘sports car-esque,’ whilst the GTS 4 seems a little more fashion conscious and understated. Apart from that, they both boast the same tech ‘under the hood.’
More on accuracy, as between you and us this is what makes it worth the investment anyway. Enter the BioTracker™ 4.0 PPG - a biometric tracking optical sensor that picks up 33% more data than its predecessor the BioTracker™ 3.0 sounds good so far.
Combined with the watch's upgraded heart rate tracking algorithm, it greatly reduces any potential signal interference potentially caused by arm movement. The heart rate tracking almost reaches the level of heart rate belts, we are told.
As if all that wasn’t smart enough for you, the GTR 4 and GTS 4 can also store up to 2.3GB of music on the watch for independent playback, or connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth to control your phone's music.*
With a built-in microphone and speaker, users can receive and answer phone calls apart from setting the watch to read out their real-time sports mode data through the speaker.
If you wonder if all this is going to be a serious drain in terms of battery the GTR 4 can last as long as 14 days with typical use (using a 475 mAh battery). Whilst the GTS 4 can last 8 days with typical use (with its marginally smaller 300 mAh battery).
As well as having the ability to display QR codes, barcodes, and membership cards, these gen 4 smartwatches have Amazon Alexa built-in, and can be interacted with via the microphone and speaker. There is even a downloadable watch face with an Alexa widget on the home-screen, for quick access!
The Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 now are priced from USD 199.99 / GBP 199 / EUR 199.99, and sales for this new range are now live. Take a look and see which one suits you.
*Play via watch speaker or Bluetooth headphones.