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The Amazfit X is a new concept smartwatch with a flexible display

The Amazfit X concept. (Source: Huami)
The Amazfit X concept. (Source: Huami)
Amazfit has just launched 2 new wearables, the GTS and Sports Watch 3. They are a follow-up to the Bip (in which this update results in extremely Apple-esque looks) and a round watch with a new type of JDI display respectively. However, the star of this launch was the X, a concept device that is to have a 2-inch curved display.

Huami is an OEM that supplies Xiaomi with its smartwatches, and also markets some of its own occasionally. The Amazfit GTS and Amazfit Sports Watch 3 are new examples of these. The former may remind some of an Apple Watch, whereas the latter could bring the Ticwatch Pro to mind. 

The Amazfit GTS has a square, Super AMOLED screen with a 348 x 442 resolution. Its 2.5D-curved glass means that its front panel curves down more gracefully to the rest of the case compared to its predecessor, the Bip. It also has a 220mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. The GTS also has various exercise-tracking functions and 50-meter water resistance.

The Sports Watch 3 has a round, 1.34-inch JDI "Full-Moon" display. This, as its maker claims, is a low-power color panel designed for improved visibility outdoors. It has a "standard edition" with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Alternatively, there is a more premium ("Elite") version with a titanium rather than stainless steel bezel and a display protected with what Huami asserts is treated sapphire glass.

This smartwatch (which may be rebranded the Stratos 3 in markets other than Huami's native China) is also said to have a Star Wars-branded special edition. Both the Amazfit GTS and Sports Watch 3 are listed by the retailer Taobao, although they will not be available until September 24 or September 11, 2019 respectively.

The Amazfit X, however, may blow both out of the water should it be manufactured and sold sometime soon. It is currently projected to have a 2.07-inch, 326ppi, 100% NTSC display with a 92-degree curvature. Huami has indicated that this "new moon" form factor can be fabricated using a 6-stage bending process involving 700°C temperatures.

The X may be linked to a brightness of 430 nits, which is sustained using a 220mAh curved lithium battery. This is integrated into a motherboard split into 3 segments in order to maintain the device's curve. These components are housed in an "all-metal integrated design" with what Huami calls "hidden electronic buttons that replace the raised traditional buttons". (So, capacitive ones, then?)

These specs, in addition to the Amazfit X's up-to-date design, all sound decently plausible in the wake of the Nubia Alpha. This curved smartwatch may not be able to manage the esthetic impact that the Amazfit X will hopefully carry on from its current promotional images. However, it does exist, thus implying the potential in this relatively new direction wearables may take in the future.

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Some more concept images for the Amazfit X. (Source: Huami)
Some more concept images for the Amazfit X. (Source: Huami)
The Amazfits GTS and Sports Watch 3. (Source: Huami)
The Amazfits GTS and Sports Watch 3. (Source: Huami)
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-08-27 (Update: 2019-08-27)