New Amazfit GTS 2 Mini smartwatch shrinks the display, battery and price
What you need to know
- The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is available now for $99.99 (opens in new tab).
- It has a 1.55" AMOLED screen, SpO2 and heart rate measurement, built-in GPS and Alexa voice commands, 5 ATM water resistance, and sleep tracking.
- Compared to the GTS 2, it has a smaller display and shorter battery life, but also some new software additions like a Pomodoro calendar and phone camera controls.
In my Amazfit GTS 2 review, I had plenty of positives to say about the watch, but personally preferred the GTR 2 for its larger AMOLED display during my runs. That hasn't changed, but many people favor a smaller and lighter watch, either because it weighs less or for the daintier look. For that crowd, Amazfit's newest watch may be an even better (Amaz)fit.
The GTS 2 Mini (opens in new tab) lives up to its name. Ignoring its smaller size, it has the same sensors for heart rate and blood oxygen saturation monitoring as the GTS 2, while also tracking your stress and sleep patterns if you're interested. It has built-in GPS tracking, and lets you twist your wrist to use voice commands — supposedly with Alexa built-in as well, though we're unclear when this will be added via OTA update.
In terms of the main differences from the Amazfit GTS 2 versus the GTS 2 Mini, the most noticeable change is the price, dropping down from $180 (opens in new tab) to $100. In exchange for the price drop, the AMOLED screen size drops from 1.66" to 1.55", and the battery size was reduced from 246mAh to 220mAh. The GTS 2 has a 7-day estimated battery life with everyday usage, so you can expect to shave a day or more off that estimate with the Mini. We also noticed that the Mini product page doesn't mention music storage — which the GTS 2 has — but that doesn't necessarily mean the feature was removed.
Amazfit does mention some new GTS 2 Mini features that its predecessor lacks. It supports a Pomodoro clock for improving time management, and also lets users track their period cycles. It also reportedly has a new "curved 2.5D glass" display that's meant to create a "borderless" appearance. It's hard to see the difference from product images, though, so we'd have to see it in person to compare.
Time will tell whether this watch makes our best Amazfit smartwatch list. You'll find good fitness bands in this price range, but rarely a smartwatch with built-in GPS and such a high-quality display. The only major downside to this model is the reduced battery life from the full-size GTS 2, but it'll still last you several days longer than many smartwatches that require daily charging.
Get the same GTS 2 tech for $80 less
Amazfit followed up on the respectable GTS 2 with a slightly smaller version that may have a smaller battery and display, but keeps all of the useful fitness and health tracking that you could want.
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Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.
As an owner of 3 Amazfit smart watches, Pace, Stratos and Bip. I'm glad this GTS 2, is now available in a mini size and price. I really don't think you can go wrong with Amazfit smart watches.