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Amazfit GTS: Huami launches Apple Watch clone for ~US$126

Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar? (Image source: Huami)
Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar? (Image source: Huami)
Xiaomi's sister company Huami has released a new smartwatch that packs plenty of features while remaining affordable at under US$150. Oh, and it is a blatant rip-off of the Apple Watch too.

The Amazfit GTS arrives in the wake of the Amazfit GTR, which we covered last month. Huami, Xiaomi's sister brand, has created a stylish smartwatch in our opinion, although it looks unerringly like the Apple Watch. However, as Xiaomi does with its competitors, the Amazfit GTS significantly undercuts the Apple Watch, with Huami launching the device for 899 CNY, which currently converts to around US$126.

The Amazfit GTS has a 1.65-inch AMOLED display that operates at 348 x 442 pixels, with Huami also integrating a 220 mAh LiPo battery that it promises will last up to 14 days between charges. The watch charges via a magnetic charging cable like the Apple Watch too, with Huami claiming that the watch will take around 2 hours for a full recharge. While the Amazfit GTS does not support LTE, it has Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS onboard. Hence, you will probably want to keep your smartphone on hand for receiving notifications on the watch.

Huami has not installed Wear OS as one may have expected, with the Amazfit GTS relying on a custom OS instead. Unsurprisingly, this also looks like Apple's watchOS. The Amazfit GTS product page states that the watch runs a version of MIUI, for reference. The watch measures 43.25 x 36.25 x 9.4 mm and weighs 24.8 g without a strap. The straps are also 20 mm wide. The Amazfit GTS is waterproof up to 5 ATM, with its screen covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 glass.

The watch, which features a 6-axis accelerometer, a geomagnetic air sensor and an ambient light sensor, is currently only available in China. However, it should not take too long before the device arrives in Europe, as Huami has recently become increasingly active in the region too.

(Image source: Huami)
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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-30 (Update: 2019-08-30)