Huami is a Chinese smartwatch brand that became popular by selling budget smartwatches and according to company spokesman they sold over 100 million devices. During CES 2020 they announced two new models, hitting the shelves very soon – Amazfit Bip S, which we already covered and the more expensive Amazfit T-Rex. When we say expensive, we really don’t mean it – the watch is selling for 139$.
While the Bip series try their best to look like Apple smartwatches, the T-Rex is trying to look like a Garmin smartwatch and boasts a lot of features that would potentially make it a perfect casual fitness smartwatch.
First and foremost, Huami claims that Amazfit T-Rex will come with “military-grade” durability (MIL-STD-810G), which should enable it to withstand knocks, falls and even some extreme temperatures. According to the specs the smartwatch can withstand up to 70C or down to -40C. Of course, that comes with higher water resistance – up to 50meters.
Durability claims aside the smartwatch does not look good. It looks cheap with a silicone bracelet, that according to early reviews is quite uncomfortable, so you might have to plan a replacement strap.
Battery and Price
And well, there is an obvious reason for this cheapness – the watch itself is quite cheap just 139$, which is huge undercutting to the fitness smartwatches available on the market. And for that price, there are quite a lot of features and a staggering 20 days of life with a single battery charge or up to 66 days in basic mode.
The Amazfit T-Rex has its own built-in GPS and GLONASS, as well as an optical heart sensor. There are 14 different default sport modes, that cover everything from swimming to running to skiing. Performance wise the smartwatch uses its own OS, giving it quite nice battery time, but there is a lack of any third-party software. According to early reviews there is a small sluggishness of the UI, which hopefully will be fixed for the release.
Overall the Amazfit T-Rex offers decent amount of futures for people with a limited budget and while Huami has cut corners with the design, but all the mandatory features for a fitness-oriented smartwatch are here. However, we are not sure this watch would be a viable alternative to Garmin face to face but considering the price different we might recommend it as our recommended budget sport smartwatch, once we get our hands on it and review it.