New Amazfit T-Rex Pro 2 could give the Garmin Instinct 2 a run for its money

Details of a new rugged running watch from Amazfit have emerged, and it looks like it will be a strong rival to the Garmin Instinct 2.

Gadgets and Wearables reporters spotted the next watch in a new list released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is the body that approves devices that transmit data wirelessly before they are sold in the United States. United. Although the watch isn’t named, judging by the specs, it seems likely to be a new version of last year’s Amazfit T-Rex Pro.

It might seem strange that Amazfit is planning to release a second-generation T-Rex so soon, but the company has a habit of upgrading its watches as quickly as possible – often releasing multiple models in a single month.

The original T-Rex Pro is a chunky but attractive watch that impressed us with its bright AMOLED display, good battery life and launch price of just $179.99 / £139 / AU$249. For comparison, the entry-level Garmin Instinct 2 was $349.99 / £299.99 / AU$549 when it arrived earlier this year.

Battery and navigation

Amazfit previously told TechRadar that it cuts costs by manufacturing its own components in-house rather than buying them from third-party vendors, and then passes those savings on to its customers. However, the T-Rex Pro had some significant downsides that led us to favor the more expensive Garmin watch.

First, while the T-Rex Pro has GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning to track your pace and location during workouts, it lacks navigation tools, so you can’t use it to plot and follow a new route. Second, its battery life isn’t spectacular, lasting around 18 days in regular use compared to 28 days for the Garmin Instinct 2.

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The FCC listing provides relatively little information on the specs of the new watch, but it looks like battery life will be significantly improved. While the T-Rex Pro packs a 390mAh battery, its successor will be powered by a 450mAh cell.

In terms of design, the new watch seems to be very similar. In the photos published by NotebookCheck, the only obvious changes are a new silver badge with the Amazfit logo on the edge of the watch and repositioned screws on the front of the case.

We’re staying tuned for more news on the T-Rex Pro 2, especially any updates to GPS navigation, which could make it a real contender to Amazfit’s much more expensive rivals.

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