The Amazfit GTS 2 wasn’t the only one to get a cheaper model this week, the round-faced Amazfit GTR 2 did too. The Amazfit GTR 2e, as the watch is called, is not only cheaper, but has a significantly better life, even if it loses some key features of the standard version.
We have already compared the GTS 2 series which has three models but if you have been waiting for a comparison between the Amazfit GTR and the new Amazfit GTR 2e then this is for you. As usual, a specific by spec comparison of both watches comes first to focus on the main differences:
|Amazfit GTR 2||Amazfit GTR 2e|
|Screen||1.39 inch AMOLED
Resolution 454 x 454
3D curved glass
|1.39 inch AMOLED
Resolution 454 x 454
2.5D curved glass
|Materials and finishes||Stainless steel case (classic version)
Aluminum alloy (sport version)
Carbon fiber optic diamond coating
|Aluminum alloy case
Vacuum glass coating
|Number of sports modes supported||90||12 integrated sports modes (will be updated to 90 via an OTA update in the future)|
|Built-in memory||4 GB (global version = 3 GB)||No|
|AI assistant||XiaoAI (global version – Amazon Alexa)||XiaoAI|
NFC (Chinese version only)
2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
|Bluetooth 5.0 LE
|Waterproof rating||5 ATM||5 ATM|
|Sensors and motors||Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor
|Other characteristics||Heart rate measurement
Offline voice assistant
|Heart rate measurement
|Battery capacity and life||471 mAh
Typical use – 14 days
Basic watch mode: 38 days
Typical use – 24 days
Basic watch mode: 45 days
|Dimensions and weight||46.4 x 46.4 x 10.7 mm
31.5 grams (sports model without strap)
|46.5 x 46.5 x 10.8 mm
32 grams (without straps)
|Colors||Obsidian black||Obsidian black
Ice Lake Green
Design and visualization
Amazfit GTR 2 is available in two versions: classic and sporty. The Classic version has a stainless steel case and leather straps while the Sport version has an aluminum alloy case and silicone straps. Both are covered with 3D curved glass that blends into the frame at the edges. The Amazfit GTR 2e is practically the sport version with 2.5D glass and a different finish in terms of design.
For the display, Amazfit GTR 2 and GTR 2e have the same AMOLED screen. They have the same size and also the same resolution. So apart from the glass on top, Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTR 2e are identical when it comes to their displays.
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Sports modes and functions
When the Amazfit GTR 2 was announced, it only supported 12 sports modes, but an update released later raised the number to 90. Huami said the Amazfit GTR 2e will receive an OTA update that will also increase the supported sports modes to 90.
Coming to other features, Amazfit GTR 2 has built-in storage so that you can charge the watch with your songs and listen to them via a connected Bluetooth headset without the need for a phone while exercising. It also has a microphone and speaker, so owners can accept calls when the notification is displayed on their watch without having to take out their phone to answer a call.
Both the GTR 2 and the GTR 2e have Xiaomi’s XiaoAI assistant, but only the former has support for offline commands. We don’t know if the global version of the Amazfit GTR 2e will come with Amazon’s Alexa assistant if and when it is announced in other countries.
The two smartwatches have almost the same sensors, but the Amazfit GTR 2e adds a temperature sensor to measure the wearer’s ambient temperature and skin temperature.
The Amazfit GTR 2 has better battery life than its sibling, the Amazfit GTS 2, but the new Amazfit GTR 2e boasts another 10 days of use than the GTR 2’s typical use mode and extends the basic mode of 45 day clock.
The Amazfit GTR 2 is priced at ¥ 999 (~ $ 153) in China for the Sports Edition and ¥ 1099 for the Classic Edition. In the US, the Sports Edition costs $ 179.99 while the Classic Edition costs $ 199.99. The Amazfit GTR 2e has an MSRP of ¥ 699 (~ $ 122) and if it gets a global version, it should cost a little more but should still be under $ 150.
The Amazfit GTR 2e does away with features like built-in storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Bluetooth call support for a more affordable price, but it gets a significant increase in battery life. If you choose it over the standard variant, you won’t miss it much and its cheaper price makes it the easy choice.
However, if you want built-in storage and support for Bluetooth calling, you can go for the Amazfit GTR 2, although we recommend retiring it when it’s on sale as it doesn’t pack enough features to justify its current price tag.
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