Amazfit Stratos smartwatch does multisport tracking on a budget

Affordable Fenix rival packs GPS and can measure your VO2 Max

Xiaomi offshoot Huami has seen a string of successes recently with the Amazfit Bip and Cor. Its next act is a multi-sport smartwatch, building on what it did with the Amazfit Pace.

Enter the Amazfit Stratos, first launched in China and now being made available in the US. The iOS and Android-friendly smartwatch was developed in partnership with heartbeat analytics firm Firstbeat who provide the HR insights and Zepp Labs who deliver some of the unique multisport tracking sensors packed into the wearable.

Design-wise, you can expect a carbon fiber case with a polished ceramic bezel around a 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass. Three stainless steel buttons adorn the sides and you’ll have a 22m silicon strap. There’s an always-on 1.34-inch 320 x 300 transflective LCD touchscreen display to view your data on and a 5ATM water resistance rating means you can take it swimming in water up to 50 metres deep. It’s hard not to look at the Stratos and think of a Garmin, though perhaps one of the more svelte ones, like the Vivoactive 3.

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