Quick Look : Amazfit Stratos (Huami Amazfit Stratos Smart Sports Watch 2 Pace 2S)

Amazfit STRATOS Garmin 935

Amazfit STRATOS Garmin 935

It looks pretty cool doesn’t it? Similar in looks to the Garmin Forerunner 935. Perhaps that was intentional?

Who knows?

Garmin 935 Amazfit STRATOS Suunto SPARTAN Trainer

Garmin 935 Amazfit STRATOS Suunto SPARTAN Trainer

Actually a more important question might be “Who knows what this product(s) is actually called?”. I’ve put all the name variants in the headline and could be wrong but here’s my take

  • I thought that Huami  = Xiaomi. And that none of us Westerners can pronounce the Cantonese (?) name Xiaomi properly. But apparently they are different companies and Huami make the hardware.
  • Amazfit = The brand name. “Amazing Fitness”. Not exactly the coolest of names but maybeIt does what it says on the tin“. Actually, if that’s true, I kinda like that sort of honesty/straightforwardness in marketing.
  • Smartwatch = it is what it is. But actually the ‘smartwatch’ is another product  version of the Pace 1
  • Pace 2, Pace 2S, Pace 1, Stratos, Pace 2 Multisport, Smartwatch, Pace 1 Smartwatch = Confusion
  • The box says: Amazfit Stratos. Luckily we now know for sure what it’s called. Except…..
  • The name on the invoice of the one I just bought says “Huami Amazfit Stratos Smart Sports Watch 2” #YepConfusion

Disclaimer: This post was written before I received my device and I found it hard to get any information from the company. This post may well be edited frequently if either my review preparation conflicts with any assumptions I make below or if you correct what I already know. This post is half a personal research project and half educational for all of us. Huami/Xiaomi are one of the dark clouds on the horizon I referred to in my 2018 ‘peaktastic’ predictions.

Only read further if you are interested in a general read. This is absolutely not any kind of buying guide or review and may contain inaccuracies.

Amazfit STRATOSBackground

Around 2016, Amazfit started with the Bip Bip sports watch and a few sports activity bands (Arc, Equator). They scored highly on the ‘meh’ scale.

However The Amazfit Pace 1 was released in late 2016 and looked pretty cool on print. It was readily available in the Far East in 2017 and retailed on Amazon for around $150/GBP120 as it eventually made its way Westwards to our shops. Here’s the Amazon ad, below, just for reference. You can click and see the Amazon reviews, formal features and so on. I’m not expecting anyone to buy it! But please feel free to so some research. The point being: it’s got a lot of good reviews 😉

Amazfit Stratos Amazon

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The Amazfit Pace 1 was initially a running watch with bike profiles added later in 2017. It looked super-pretty on the photoshopped display images. It had 35 hours of GPS-on sports usage. Yep, 35, maybe if wasn’t per-second but that’s not too shabby. It had on-board music. Yep..back then. 2Gb worth for playback through BLE headphones (normally music watches now have 3-4Gb that might be available for musc storage). It had optical HR that, apparently, had many bad days but showed potential at times too. The activity tracker was poorly supported and once the oHR was turned on then battery life slipped to more sensible levels of under 10 hours and that is with the GPS/GLONASS on. It did wi-fi but no ANT+. It took until mid-2017 to get a half decent partner app working.

So a bit of a performance mish-mash all round? Perhaps the hardware is notably better than the software? But POTENTIAL sprang to mind as an appropriately capitalised word.

Amazfit in 2018

In December 2017 this was announced, the AMAZFIT Stratos (Huami Pace 2 Sports Smart Watch)

Garmin 935 Amazfit STRATOS Suunto SPARTAN Trainer

Initially this is a Chinese version and a Western version(s) will likely hit the US shops at less than $200 (yep). I think the STRATOS is the same basic version but in a carbon-fibre-like shell. Maybe.

Provisional Specs

  • GPS+GLONASS (latter might just mean the chip is GLONASS-capable)
  • 50m waterproof
  • PPG oHRM + external chest strap support
  • Touchscreen @320x300px resolution
  • Sport modes: running, walking, outdoor riding, swimming pool, open water swimming, indoor running, indoor riding, elliptical machines, mountaineering, trail running, Triathlon
  • Other inbuilt sensors: Triaxial acceleration sensor, Gyro, Geomagnetic sensor, Barometric pressure sensor (barometric pressure sensor has now been REMOVED from the specs I have seen), Ambient light sensor
  • Battery Life: 5 days (running 30 minutes a day, pushing 200 messages) 35 hours (full open GPS, full heart rate monitoring)
  • Onboard music: Bluetooth Music , Phone-free music: connect wirelessly to Bluetooth earbuds and enjoy music and media with the Internal storage for unencumbered phone-free running.
  • Metrics include: running distance, time, pace, heart rate, calories, speed, cadence, pace, altitude, and elevation gain/loss. Power NOT MENTIONED
  • Notifications, apps, SMS and calls
  • Alerts: vibration
  • AliPay mobile payments
  • App Compatibility: Android 4.4 / iOS 9.0 and above
  • Amazfit Watch 2 and Watch 2S are priced at 999 Yuan (approx $150) and 1499 Yuan (approx $225)
  • A ‘Plus‘ version also exists and the only incremental difference appears to be sapphire glass.
  • Firstbeat Analytics – VO2max, TE, TD, Recovery Time, the next sports recommendation, real-time sports guidance

Amazfit STRATOS

Hang on there. Firstbeat Analytics. That normally means something. Let’s look at what Firstbeat say. First up they call it the Amazfit Stratos by Huami. But look the Amazfit Stratos has 8 onboard Firstbeat metrics. Maybe more isn’t necessarily an indication of being the ‘best’ (the Garmin 645m has 11 FB features for what it’s worth here) BUT I would take that level of cooperation with Firstbeat as an indication that they are taking their product very seriously.

 

Amazfit StratosResources

Here is my ‘first runs’ post with my new STRATOS…cool!

First runs with the new STRATOS Triathlon Watch

 

Amazfit Stratos Amazon

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Detailed Review – Available

The highly detailed review is now avaialble.

Amazfit STRATOS Review – Triathlon Watch with Music

Summary

It really does come below $200 with those specs. It looks like a great deal. I just can’t see it taking on the Garmin 935 in the real world of pro-tri – as the devil will be in the detail. The detail of the headline functions will probably hide gaps in the software/hardware combo.

But But But as a tri-lite model it might take on the Garmin 735XT or Suunto Spartan Trainer WHR – even though it might not be technically as good as either of those two, the price will still cause ripples. Let’s face it; how many people do we know who are doing their first tri and want to buy a tri watch…$200 sounds good. Caveat Emptor. $500 for a Garmin 935 sounds like jumping in the pricey deep-end.

Amazfit Stratos Amazon

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Dharmesh
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I am looking for a smartwatch that looks elegant, like the watch that we use to wear earlier, and have tracker also most important battery. I don’t want it to charge daily.

Is this watch can work for 4-7 days without charging ?

Justin
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Justin

This is just one of these watches that I’ll fall on the late majority on the innovation bell curve. TOO much of it is to good to be true. $300 less than the Forerunner 935 AND aesthetic upgrades over it AND on board music AND firstbeat?

I’ll just wait.

John McRobb
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Xiaomi are a qaulity brand. So have no doubts that this will be good.I have a Laptop pro and its like a macbook pro at less than half the price ( there are a couple of differences windows rather than mac os, not a pixel diplay but a stunning HD,and no thundernolt). My son has the A1 which has the latest android and again excellent build quality. Yes this wont be a top of the range Garmin but it will be a fairly good approximation that will be good enough for most. Its certainly good enough for me.

Webvan
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Webvan

Nice and Xiaomi are known for their product excellence across the board, from home automation systems, to 360 cameras, to electric scooters, etc…

As you write, the fact that they have Firstbeat metrics shows that they are very serious about this watch and I assume that FB have done some kind of “validation” as they probably wouldn’t want to be associated with any old crappy product…then again they seem happy to let Garmin use the terrible data from their wrist oHR to calculate meaningless metrics and even stuff (PC) that normally requires HRV data.

Talking of FB metrics they have some “new” ones like “RT Coaching” and “Personalized Training Plans : Cardio”

Boris
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Good point about crap-in-crap-out: My last walk (https://analyze.dcrainmaker.com/#/public/1bb08a9d-d291-4cac-7878-653c50849bab) with oHR at a very chilling pace gave me as result a Aerobic TE of 2.4 and a Anaerobic TE of 1.0 – ??‍♂️

Drew
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The hardware might be awesome, but if its anything like using other Xiaomi products (looking at you IP camera) the supporting app, software and operating manual will be largely incomprehensible and terrible.
Even Garmin is sucky with their software but atleast it is in english and there is a lot of customer support/forums etc.
I love a chinese cheapie and often willing to make sacrifices to save a buck but even for a tight arse like me this seems a step too far. Maybe in the coming years though….

Justin
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Justin

I agree, but….just to play devil’s advocate for a moment, you can get some gems every so often. I picked up a pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds from a chinese company called “Lechgo” off of Amazon at a really low price (I think is was sub $30). They are amazing, and not just the sound. The battery life using both is approx four hours (nearly 12 hours if you are using just one), the fit is perfect, Like I can go sprint hard for a quarter mile and I know they ain’t falling out. The case to set them in is a charge cradle and that alone lasts for 5-7 charges. 30 bucks and I had a pair of headphones that rival my Bose (wired BT sport earbuds) in sound and fit better. It’s a diamond-in-the-rough kind of scenario here, and i’d recommend them too if you can find them, but not every chinese company puts out cheap or weird knockoffs/actual products. I will say the instructions were in simplified mandarin, so not that helpful and pairing was kind of a pain and the ear bud itself while fits, is really thin and flimsy feeling. I haven’t owned anything by… Read more »

Frenchy
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Frenchy

One youtuber (LifeOfGamer) has confirmed that no bike sensor supported which is bad for multisport watch

Robert Black
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Robert Black

2 is standard with silicone band, 2S has leather strap with sapphire glass. otherwise the same. I’ll wait till gearbest or fasttech have a flash sale when the “international” version is released.

sabbie
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sabbie

will this look too masculine for women for everyday use?