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(Pocket-lint) - Huami's Amazfit brand has been making wearables for a few years now, packing its smartwatches and sports watches with some pretty big features - all at really affordable prices.

That doesn't change with the Amazfit GTS: it's a fitness-focused smartwatch that, while not quite as cheap as the budgetastic Bip, is still relatively affordable.

Unlike other watches in the Amazfit collection, the GTS has a big focus on design, taking some clear design inspiration from a pretty well known smartwatch. But is there more to this budget option than its Apple Watch-like looks that make it worthy of a space on your wrist?

Our quick take

As a smartwatch, the GTS really does keep things to the basics. So if you care about reading notifications and not a lot else, it'll do the job, but it's not truly smart smart. You'd have to look elsewhere for features like contactless payment support, message replies, apps, and so forth.

Health and fitness tracking is where the GTS's strengths lie. There's a solid set of sports modes, data is reliable (though heart rate for workouts can be bit iffy at times), the battery life is great, and it also works with Strava (which is something runners and cyclists will care about).

The Amazfit GTS is proof that attractive budget smartwatches can and do exist. Even if this device clearly did take heavy inspiration a certain other company.

Amazfit GTS review: Fitness focused

Amazfit GTS

4.0 stars
For
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Great screen
  • Solid battery life
Against
  • Basic smartwatch features
  • Not very original design
  • Heart rate accuracy

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Design & Display

  • 1.65-inch AMOLED display
, 348 x 442 resolution 
  • 9.4mm thick
; 24.8g weight
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres

  • 20mm interchangeable bands

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There's no getting away from the fact the GTS looks like an Apple Watch. Not a surprise, given its rectangular case design. That's something the cheaper Bip also features, but the GTS delivers much nicer materials, giving the look and feel of something much more substantial.