Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review: A fully-featured smartwatch with excellent battery life

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review
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Android Central Verdict

Bottom line: The GTR 3 Pro delivers the fundamentals: you get a high-quality AMOLED panel, minimalist design with a rounded chassis that looks great, extensive software customization, and 5ATM water resistance. It is lacking in a few areas — you don't get actionable notifications or integration with other services — but the six-day battery life more than makes up for it.

Pros

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    Minimal design with a rounded chassis

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    Vibrant AMOLED screen with always-on mode

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    Lag-free interface with plenty of customization

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    Six-day battery life with heavy use

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    5ATM water resistance

Cons

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    Leather band doesn't feel great

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    No third-party apps

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    Regular model offers better value

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Amazfit is doing all the right things in the wearable segment, as evidenced by the fact that it's now the second-largest manufacturer in this category. A big part of the company's rise is down to its budget offerings, with its $60 fitness band providing a great value.

Lately, Amazfit has ventured into the premium tier with its smartwatches, and the GTR 3 Pro is now available for $230, taking on the likes of Samsung and Fitbit. The GTR 3 Pro has a lot going for it on the hardware front: it has a large AMOLED panel with an always-on mode, a lag-free interface with a lot of customizability, plenty of health and fitness monitoring features, and a minimalist design that looks great.

But the biggest differentiator is the battery life — the GTR 3 Pro lasts nearly a week even with heavy use. With the Galaxy Watch 4 only lasting up to two days with normal use, the GTR 3 Pro has a distinct advantage in this area, so let's take a look at what the smartwatch has to offer, and whether it's a good choice for your needs.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: Price and availability

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

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The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro made its debut in October, and the smartwatch is now available around the world. It is sold in a single 46mm variant, and you can get your hands on the smartwatch in the U.S. for $230 from various retailers. Over in the U.K., the GTR 3 Pro retails at £179 ($238), and in India, it is available on Amazon for ₹18,990 ($250).

There's also a standard variant in the series dubbed the GTR 3 that misses out on Wi-Fi connectivity and calling features, with that model available for $180.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: What you'll like

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

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The GTR 3 Pro hits all the right notes in terms of design. The rounded chassis immediately makes it stand out, and the brushed metal design combined with the minimal aesthetic gives it an elegance that's on par with the best Android smartwatches in the market today.

With a minimalist design and rounded chassis, the GTR 3 Pro exudes elegance.

The body itself is made out of an aluminum alloy, and coming in at just 32g, it is incredibly light. You can get the GTR 3 Pro with a fluoroelastomer band that's ideal for workouts and swimming, and there's also a leather option available. I'm using the latter, and it definitely makes the smartwatch look just that little bit more upmarket.

You get standard 22mm lugs here, so you can always switch out the included bands and use your own if you wish to do so. Amazfit smartwatches tend to be quite busy in terms of the design, and in that context, the GTR 3 Pro feels like a refreshing change. There are two buttons on the right: a menu button with a rotating crown, and a customizable button that can be used for pulling up workouts, launching Alexa, or using the smartwatch as a remote camera shutter.

The differentiator for the GTR 3 Pro is that it is able to make calls natively, so you'll find a mic and speaker tucked away to the right. The chassis itself is water-resistant up to 5ATM, so you can use it at the pool without any issues whatsoever — just be sure to switch to a fluoroelastomer band.

Amazfit has outfitted the GTR 3 Pro with a 1.45-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 480, leading to a pixel density of 331PPI. During the briefing, Amazfit mentioned that the panel's refresh rate now goes up to 50Hz — up from 30Hz in earlier models. While there's no way to verify this, the UI feels fluid in day-to-day use.

There are eight watch faces installed out of the box, but you get the option to pick from over a hundred options via the app, with a good selection across diverse categories to choose from. You'll find a lot of animates watch faces as well, including the ability to add your own images or set up a custom background.

Because of the AMOLED panel, you can set up an always-on mode, with all the watch faces offering a basic version that shows the time when the screen is off. The panel itself has great colors, good information density for going through emails or messages, and I had no issues using the smartwatch under harsh sunlight. Auto mode works particularly well, cranking the brightness up to 1,000 nits outdoors.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

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What I like about Amazfit smartwatches is the pared-down interface, and that's no different on the GTR 3 Pro. The new Zepp OS interface is lightweight and easy to navigate, and there's no lag or stutter in daily use. The interface is intuitive to use — you swipe down to access toggles, swipe left to see your widgets (these can be customized), and swipe right to view fitness and health monitoring features. Within an app, there's the option to swipe right to go back, and the menu button takes you back to the home screen.

You get a lightweight UI with plenty of customizability and health monitoring features.

The GTR 3 Pro includes the same BioTracker 3.0 module with the six photodiodes that's in the Amazfit GTS 3, and it does a great job with health monitoring. There's continuous heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring, a feature that measures your stress and breathing levels, and you can send all the data to Google Fit if you prefer to do so. With one button, you can easily measure heart rate, blood oxygen, breathing, and stress levels in 45 seconds, and I found myself using this feature quite a lot.

The GTR 3 Pro has sleep tracking as well, and it gives you a lot of insights, including differentiating between light sleep, deep sleep, and REM, and assigning a score for the quality of your sleep. This has been a mainstay on Amazfit wearables for some time now, and the amount of data provided gives you a good baseline to figure out how to improve your sleep.