If you liked the look of the Huawei Watch GT Pro, you will likely love the Zepp Z. While I have not seen this in real life yet, it looks to be the best interpretation of a pilot watch in smartwatch form to date.
The new Zepp Z is the second watch to launch while under Huami ownership. The previous Zepp E came in two shapes, square and circular. That adopted a similar approach to the Zepp Z, they took the existing Amazfit GTS, gave it a premium look then charged double.
Unlike the Zepp E, the new Z model comes with GPS, hwoever, unlike the GTR 2 it appears to lack any form of onboard storage for music. By all accounts, all the other features are identical
- 1.39″ AMOLED display running at 454×454 326 ppi
- 15 days battery life, 30 in the extended mode
- Sleep Quality Monitoring
- BioTracker 2 PPG module
- PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) score to grade your activity
- SpO2 Level Measurement (future update)
- 24/7 heart rate monitoring
- Stress monitoring
- 12 sports modes
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 5ATM water-resistance
- Alexa for voice command and interaction
- No on board music storage
Zepp Z vs Amazfit GTR 2 what's different?
Functionality-wise, they are identical, apart from the lack of the 3GB storage the GTR 2 has. The overall design is the same idea too, just the Zepp Z is more refined and premium.
The GTR 2 uses the 3D curve display which was introduced on the Zepp E (vs the older 2.5D display), this basically means the screen curves around on the edges with a deeper level.
It then has either an aluminium body or stainless steel body depending on the model you choose.
Similarly, the strap material is either Silicon or Leather that is 22mm wide using a quick-release mechanism.
The Zepp Z case is a single piece of polished titanium alloy, making it both lightweight and strong enough for advanced uses like aviation. The watch also features a special nanotech-coated touchscreen for enhanced resistance to scratches and fingerprints.
The case rises up over the screen with chronograph etchings and providing protection to the display itself. This means the display is flat vs the 3D curve.
You then get a brown leather 22mm band with the watch vs black. The images make this look a bit thicker and better quality vs the quite thin band used on the Zepp E
Zepp Z vs Amazfit GTR 2 Pricing
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So as you might expect, the downside of the new Zepp Z is the price, this will set you back $349 at launch vs $179. So almost twice the price.
UK pricing isn't confirmed, but it is €349.90 from the pre-order page on the EU store, so around £330, the GTR 2 is £189 currently but not available until November 20, 2020.
It is quite a big price hike just to have a better-looking watch, but considering how much people are willing to spend on fashion to look good I don't imagine the price will be too much of a concern for the target audience.
This looks like it could be the best solution for anyone looking for a smartwatch but doesn't want to look like they are wearing a smartwatch.
Last update on 2022-05-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API