Huami unveils Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches

On September 22, world-leading cloud-based healthcare services provider Huami (Nasdaq: HMI) released two new flagship smartwatches, Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2, in Beijing. The smartwatches boast upgraded health monitoring features, more intelligent features, and competitive prices.

Strengthened health features

Huami, whose mission is connecting health with technology, is making health monitoring and management more accessible through its cloud-based services and self-developed AI chip.

And its strategy is paying off, as Huami has maintained its dominance in the global smartwatch and other smart wearables sector. According to a report by researching firm IDC, Huami’s Amazfit smartwatches ranked 5th in global smartwatch shipments, with a total of 1.74 million units shipped by the first six months this year. During the same period, Xiaomi wristbands designed and manufactured by Huami, ranked top in the global shipments with a total of 1.34 million units shipped. 

The Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 feature blood oxygen monitoring capabilities through the OxygenBeatsTM data engine, which can measure oxygen levels with an accuracy of 96% and deviates only 1.67% from clinical measurement tools. Monitoring blood oxygen levels is an important tool for detecting Covid-19. Notably, Huami recently established a lab with Dr. Zhong Nanshan, China’s Anthony Fanci, to use smartwatches for follow-up treatment of COVID-19 patients. Huami will provide the researchers Amazfit GTR 2 watches to further assist their lab work.

The watches are packed with other cutting-edge features, including the newly upgraded BioTracker™ 2 PPG sensor and RealBeatsTM biological data engine, which monitor users’ cardiovascular health. Moreover, the watches include enhanced sleep pattern monitoring capabilities with OxygenBeatsTM and SomnusCareTM. These biological data engines monitor users’ sleep breathing quality and provide recommendations for improving sleep quality.

More intelligent features 

Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches boast upgraded offline intelligent voice assistants With this feature, users can initiate 70 different voice commands without an internet connection or Bluetooth. 

Fitness monitoring is another important feature of the new Amazift smartwatches. With ExerSense™ and Huami-PAI™, two data engines that aid exercise activities and with built-in optimized high-precision GPS+GLONASS positioning systems, Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 can record motion trajectories without being connected to smartphones. With the current 12 fitness modes (which will be upgraded to 90 modes), the smartwatches not only provide rich data records, but also generate exercise analysis reports which help users continuously improve their fitness plans. Finally, the watches feature 50-meter water resistance, which allows users to swim or dive while wearing them. 

Additionally, Huami has customized its smartwatches’ music features by partnering with NetEase Music, a popular Chinese music streaming service. Users can access the NetEase Music App with both Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 and can auto-sync their favorite playlists, as well as directly play or download music.

Amazfit GTS 2

The rollout

The Amazfit GTR 2 comes in two versions: the sports model priced at RMB 999 (USD 147) and the classic model priced at RMB 1099. The Amazfit GTS 2 is available in black, grey and gold. Both products are sold across China on largest ecommerce sites including JD, Tmall, Suning, as well as Amazfit offline stores.

Besides the new smartwatches, Huami’s Amazfit ZenBuds, the wireless sleep aid earbuds which were unveiled at the 2020 CES in January, are also available for purchase via online and offline stores. Priced at RMB 999, Amazfit ZenBuds can monitor users’ sleep quality in real time and helps them sleep better with its noise-blocking in-ear design and interactive music modes.

In August, Huami released its Q2 financial report which showed steady growth despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Huang Wang, Huami Chairman and CEO, announced the company raked in RMB1.137 billion in revenue with 9.5% growth in the second quarter. The company will continue to spend on smart R&D to improve its smart wearable technology.

(Top photo features Huami CEO Huang Wang rolling out Amazfit GTR 2; Photos from Huami)

Simin Li
Simin Li

Simin writes for us, by focusing on tech and financing news in Asia. She’s also interested in politics, cyber culture, and new media. She has experiences contributing to Reuters and the Wall Street Journal Chinese Edition. She is studying English Language and Literature at Renmin University of China.

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