The Amazfit GTS 2e is a sports focused smartwatch released in January 2021. Amazfit is a brand from Huami Technology, the exclusive supplier of smart bands for Xiaomi. Huami is one of the largest smart wearable manufacturers in the world, best known for making the Mi Bands.
This is the third GTS watch released by Huami since September 2020. They released the GTS 2, in September 2020, the GTS 2 Mini in December 2020 and now the GTS 2e in January 2021. The GTS 2e is the “essential version” of this lineup which removes the speaker, onboard storage and WiFi.
Unfortunately Huami does not disclose the chipset used for the GTS 2e. That being said, the watch does not lag and performs on par with the more expensive GTS 2.
This watch is using Amazfit OS, the proprietary operating system for Huami smartwatches. While there are some available apps, the number is minimal and you do not have access to a 3rd party app store such as the Google Play Store. This is a significant disadvantage and is common drawback for any smartwatch using a proprietary operating system.
GTS 2 Family Comparison
The GTR 2e strips away a handful of features but has some improvements as well. The following table summarizes the key differences:
|Specs||GTS 2||GTS 2e||GTS 2 Mini|
348 x 442
348 x 442
|Battery Life||7 Days|
|Microphone & Speaker||Yes||Microphone Only||No|
|Colors||Black, Grey, Gold||Black, Green, Purple||Black, Pink, Green|
The GTS 2e has a rectangular watch face design and is not as attractive as its sibling the GTR 2e. The watch is available in the following colors: black, green and purple. The case is aluminum. This smartwatch is not too big at 42.8 x 35.6 x 9.8 mm and weighs 25g. The watch is slim with a thickness of 9.8 mm. It is comfortable and can be worn while sleeping.
You can interact with the watch using the touchscreen and 1 physical button. The touchscreen works very well with no lag. However the fonts, menus and icons used are small and some owners have complained about this.
The GTS 2e comes with a 20mm silicone interchangeable strap. The silicone strap is average quality at best and there have been some complaints it is not the most comfortable. Strap quality is a bit disappointing.
You can interact with the watch using the touchscreen and 1 physical button. The touchscreen works very well with no lag. However the fonts, menus and icons are small which has led to some owner complaints.
The GTS 2e has a 5ATM water resistance rating which allows for swimming and showers. Salt water or chlorine could be problematic so make sure to rinse, wipe and dry the watch after swimming.
The screen of the GTS 2e is one of the highlights of this smartwatch. The 1.65″ AMOLED Touchscreen, with 348 x 442 pixels and 341 ppi pixel density delivers a high-quality visual experience. Indoors the display is excellent while outdoors it is acceptable but not great.
Huami does not indicate what screen protection is provided which is disappointing. The bezel-less design offers less protection against screen scratches and scrapes when compared to watches where the bezel protrudes past the glass surface. While the bezel-less design is sleeker, it may not be as durable as some other sport focused smartwatches. We suggest getting a screen protector for this watch.
The watch has an always on screen option but this has a significant impact on battery life. The watch allows for custom watchfaces which is a nice feature.
The GTS 2e comes with a 246 mAh battery. Huami claims that typical usage battery life is 14 days and watch mode battery life is 24 days. Real world battery life is approximately 10 days, while not best in class, is reasonable and better than the GTS 2.
From a connectivity perspective, the GTS 2e has limited functionality when compared to full featured smartwatches. The watch can only receive notifications and there is no ability to respond to notifications from the watch.
Even setting up these one-way notifications requires manually whitelisting the Zepp app on your phone. Duplicate notifications are another common complaint from owners. Not the most polished notification experience for a smartwatch.
Some users have had success with the 3rd party app ‘Notify and Fitness for Zepp’ to respond to notifications. With this app, when a notification comes in, you can open the music control menu, select a pre-written response and press the play button to send. Note that by doing this you will lose the music control capabilities on your smartwatch.
The GTS 2e does not have a speaker and cannot answer or place calls via Bluetooth. The inability to have outbound notifications, place calls or take calls are significant negatives which separate the GTR 2e from full featured smartwatches. Also there is no internal memory to store music.
On the positive side there is a microphone that allows offline voice control to use core features of the watch. Unlike the GTS 2, the GTS 2e is not promising Alexa voice assistant.
The GSR 2e comes with built-in GPS. Unfortunately, GPS connectivity is not the fastest and accuracy is not the best. Finally, Near Field Communication (NFC) is not supported, hence you cannot use this smartwatch to make payments.
Health and Fitness Features
The GTS 2e comes with 8 sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Pulse Oximeter (SpO2), Thermometer. These cover quite a bit of fitness functions and even some health areas. These sensors allow you to track the following 9 metrics: Blood Oxygen Level, Calories, Distance, Fitness Level, Heart Rate, Sleep, Steps, Stress, Swimming.
The GTS 2e comes with a thermometer which tracks the temperature of the skin. However the accuracy of this sensor does not appear to be the greatest. There have also been a number of complaints on the heart rate measurement accuracy in high exertion activities.
For casual tracking, this may be adequate but could be a concern if you are looking for high tracking accuracy for your sports or fitness goals. Note that the GSR 2e comes with 90 different sports modes, identical to the GTS 2. Some additional features can be seen in the following photo as well.
The Amazfit GTS 2e uses the Zepp app, which is decent but not best in class. While the app has a lot of functions and features, it is not the most refined or easy to navigate. You can see how the Zepp app ranks on our Smartwatch Apps Page.
As this watch has just recently been released, there are no common known issues.
A better value that the original GTS 2e due to lower cost and improved battery life. However, the GTR 2e is a more stylish and overall better choice. You may also want to look at the more affordable GTS 2 Mini if you have smaller wrists.
|Watch Type||Sports Focused Smartwatch|
|Release Date||January 2021|
|Operating System||Proprietary - Amazfit OS|
|Supported Devices||Android 5.0+, iOS 10.0+|
|Case Size||42.8 x 35.6 x 9.8 mm|
|Strap Width||20 mm|
|Watch Colors||Black, Green, Purple|
|Input||Touchscreen, 1 Button|
|Water Resistance||5 ATM|
|Screen Type||AMOLED Touchscreen|
|Resolution||348 x 442|
|Pixels per Inch||341 ppi|
|Screen Protection||Not Disclosed|
|Typical Usage Battery Life (Days)||14|
|Watch Mode Battery Life (Days)||24|
|GPS Mode Battery Life (Days)||Not Disclosed|
|GPS||GPS (US), GLONASS (Russia)|
|Near Field Communication (NFC)||No|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), Pulse Oximeter (SpO2), Temperature|
|Tracking||Blood Oxygen Level, Blood Pressure, Calories, Distance, Fitness Level, Heart Rate, Skin Temperature, Sleep, Steps, Stress, Swimming, VO2 Max|
|Unique Features||Offline voice control|
14 day battery life
Good quality screen
Can only receive notifications
No phone call support or music storage
Not the most accurate heart rate monitor or GPS
Limited apps, no app store with third-party apps
Zepp app is more complex than other smartwatch apps
|Verdict||A better value that the original GTS 2e due to lower cost and improved battery life. However, the GTR 2e is a more stylish and overall better choice.|
Published: January 18, 2021
Amazfit GTS 2e - WatchSmarty
The Amazfit GTS 2e is a better value that the original GTS 2e due to lower cost & improved battery life. However, the GTR 2e is a more stylish & better choice.
Product SKU: Amazfit GTS 2e
Product Brand: Amazfit
Product Currency: USD
Product Price: 140
Price Valid Until: 2023-01-01
Product In-Stock: SoldOut