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Battle for your wrist: Amazfit GTR 2 versus Amazfit GTR 2e

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The Amazfit GTS 2 wasn’t the only one that got a cheaper model this week, the round-faced Amazfit GTR 2 also did. The Amazfit GTR 2e, as the watch is called, is not only cheaper but has a significantly better life, though it does miss out on some key features of the standard version.

Amazfit GTR 2 vs Amazfit GTR 2e
Amazfit GTR 2 (Classic) and Amazfit GTR 2e

We 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 spec-by-spec comparison of both watches comes first before we focus on the major differences:

Amazfit GTR 2 Amazfit GTR 2e
Display 1.39-inch AMOLED
454 x 454 resolution
3D curved glass
1.39-inch AMOLED
454 x 454 resolution
2.5D curved glass
Materials and finish Stainless steel case (Classic version)
Aluminum alloy (sports version)
Optical Diamond-like carbon coating
Aluminum alloy case
Glass vacuum coating
No. of supported sports modes 90 12 built-in sports modes (will be upgraded to 90 via an OTA update in the future)
Built-in storage 4GB (Global version = 3GB) No
AI Assistant XiaoAI (Global version – Amazon Alexa) XiaoAI
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes No
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
NFC (Chinese version only)
GPS
2.4GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0 LE
NFC
GPS
Waterproof rating 5 ATM 5 ATM
Sensors and Motors Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Barometer
Linear motor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Barometer
Temperature Sensor
Linear motor
Other features Heart rate measurement
SpO2 measurement
Sleep tracking
Bluetooth calls
Offline voice assistant
Heart rate measurement
SpO2 measurement
Sleep tracking
Temperature measurement
Battery capacity and battery life 471mAh
Typical Usage – 14 days
Basic Watch Mode – 38 days
471mAh
Typical Usage – 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)
39 grams (Classic model without straps)
46.5 x 46.5 x 10.8 mm
32 grams (without the straps)
Colors Obsidian Black Obsidian Black
Dolphin Gray
Ice Lake Green
Price ¥999
$179.99
¥799
Design and Display

The Amazfit GTR 2 comes in two versions – Classic and Sports. The Classic version has a stainless steel case and leather straps while the Sports version has an aluminum alloy case and silicone straps. Both are covered with 3D curved glass that fuses with the frame at the edges. The Amazfit GTR 2e is practically the sports version with 2.5D glass and a different finish when it comes to its design.

For the display, the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTR 2e have the same AMOLED screen. They have the same size and the same resolution too. So save for the glass on top, the Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTR 2e are identical when it comes to their displays.

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Sports Modes and Features

When the Amazfit GTR 2 was announced, it supported only 12 sports modes but an update released later increased the number to 90. Huami has said that the Amazfit GTR 2e will get an OTA update that will increase the supported sports modes to 90 too.

Coming to other features, the Amazfit GTR 2 has built-in storage so that you can load up your watch with your songs and listen to them via a connected Bluetooth headset without the need for a phone when exercising. It also has a microphone and speaker, so owners can accept calls when the notification shows up on their watch without needing to bring out their phone to pick up a call.

Both the GTR 2 and GTR 2e have Xiaomi’s XiaoAI assistant but only the former has support for offline commands. We do not 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 packed nearly the same senors but the Amazfit GTR 2e adds a temperature sensor for measuring ambient temperature and the temperature of the wearer’s skin.

Battery life

The Amazfit GTR 2 has a better battery life than its sibling, the Amazfit GTS 2, but the new Amazfit GTR 2e boasts an additional 10 days of usage over the GTR 2’s Typical Usage mode and extends the basic watch mode to 45 days.

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Price

The Amazfit GTR 2 is priced at ¥999 (~$153) in China for the Sports Edition and ¥1099 for the Classic Edition. In the USA, the Sports Edition is $179.99 while the Classic Edition is $199.99. The Amazfit GTR 2e has an MSRP of ¥699 (~$122) and if it gets a global release, it is expected to cost a bit more but should still be under $150.

Conclusion

The Amazfit GTR 2e drops features such as built-in storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Bluetooth call support for a more affordable price tag but gets a significant boost in battery life. If you choose it over the standard variant, you won’t be missing much and its more affordable price tag makes it the easy choice.

However, if you want that built-in storage and support for Bluetooth calls, then you can choose the Amazfit GTR 2, though we will advise you to pick it up when it is on sale as it doesn’t pack enough features to justify its current price tag.

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