Smartwatch with AMOLED screen

Smartwatch with AMOLED screen offers a better display resolution and overall display quality. We look at some leading and established brands of smartwatches that have an AMOLED screen for better display experience. These smartwatches come from established smartwatch manufacturers, who have been around for quite some time.

Garmin Epix 2

Epix 2 or Epix generation two smartwatch is the latest smartwatch released by Garmin in January 2022. It comes with AMOLED screen, and a display resolution of 416 x 416 pixels. This makes EPIX 2 a definite upgrade over the Fenix 7 series of smartwatches. The Fenix series still continues with the memory in pixel or MIP screens.

Epix 2 is a premium watch that costs $999.99. Some key features of the Epix series of Garmin smartwatches are mentioned below for your ready reference:

  • Epix 2 has a size of 47 mm.
  • It comes in standard edition with Corning Gorilla DX glass.
  • Sapphire edition of Epix 2 has a glass made of sapphire crystal for a virtually scrath proof experience of the watch screen.
  • AMOLED screen with display resolution of 416 x 416 pixels.
  • Water resistance rating of 10 ATM or 10 bars.
  • On-device storage of 32 GB. This comes in handly for offline music listening.
  • Heart rate monitoring and Blood oxygenation tracking.
  • GPS coverage with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo satellite systems.
  • WIFI, Bluetooth and ANT+ wireless connectivity.
  • Cycling, Swimming, Golfing and Running profiles for activity tracking.
  • Fitness monitoring and tracking.

Epix 2 is a complete fitness tracker and sports watch rolled into a single smartwatch offering.

Garmin epix generation 2

Garmin Venu Series

Garmin’s Venu Series has five different smartwatch models:

  • Venu Sq
  • Venu Sq Music
  • Venu 2S
  • Venu 2
  • Venu 2 Plus

Venu Sq and Venu Sq music edition are basic smartwatch models. But, the Venu 2 series has enhanced set of features. This includes AMOLED screen on all the three variants of the Venu 2 series.

So, the following models of the Venu 2 series have AMOLED screen:

  • Venu 2S
  • Venu 2
  • Venu 2 Plus

Venu 2 and Venu 2S cost $349.99. Venu 2 Plus costs $449.99.

Some salient features of the Venu 2 series smartwatches are mentioned below:

  • Venu 2S size is 40 mm; Venu 2 is 47 mm and Venu 2 Plus is 45 mm.
  • Venu series smartwatches are compatible with iOS and Android mobile operating systems.
  • All these watches have an AMOLED screen
  • Display resolution of Venu 2 and Venu 2 Plus is 416 x 416 pixels; display resolution of Venu 2S is 360 x 360 pixels.
  • Water resistance rating of 5 ATM or 5 Bars.
  • GPS coverage includes the GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems.
  • Activity tracking profiles for running, swimming, cycling and Golfing.
  • Heart rate monitoring and abnormal heart rate alerts.
  • Incident detection.
  • Sleep tracking
  • Garmin Pay for NFC payments.
  • Other miscellaneous features include tracking for Gym activities and innumerable outdoor recreation profiles.

The Venu 2 series is a complete smartwatch. It is one step short of the Fenix series. But, it does afford most features that a normal person would need of a smartwatch.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Watch 4 from Samsung is based on Google’s wearOS. It is a budget friendly smartwatch that was released by Samsung in August 2021. Samsung Watch 4 has a Super AMOLED screen. Watch 4 of Samsung has a rich set of features and functions. We look at the key features of Samsung Watch 4 below:

  • Watch 4 has a Super AMOLED display with a screen or display resolution of 450 x 450 pixels on 44 mm model and 396 x 396 mm on 40 mm smartwatch model.
  • Samsung watch supports full color Always on Display.
  • The watch is made of Corning Gorilla Glass DX+.
  • 16 GB on-device storage.
  • GPS coverage for GPS, Galileo, GNSS and BeiDou.
  • Water resistance of 5 ATM or 5 Bars
  • IP68 dust resistance rating.
  • Compatible with Android mobile operating system version 6 and higher.
  • Watch 4 supports wireless charging.
  • ECG app on the Galaxy smartphone to take on-demand ECG.
  • Perpetual heart rate monitoring.
  • Samsung Watch 4 is a very sleek and thin model.
  • Samsung Watch 4 also conforms to the MIL-STD-810G military standards.
  • Watch 4 has an LTE/Cellular model to allow eSIM functionality for handling incoming and outgoing calls through the smartwatch.

Samsung Watch 4 is a useful watch and is a solid value for money proposition between cost levels of $249 to $ 329. You can always try to find a special deal to bring down these prices further.

The only thing you need to be wary of is the issue of overheating of Samsung Watch 4 in some cases. It may be worth checking with Samsung presales to talk about any potential heating issue on the watch 4.


TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS is a pro smartwatch that comes with extended battery life, activity tracking across multiple outdoor activities and sports, and an AMOLED screen. Mobvoi makes very cost-friendly smartwatches, that offer a true value for money in terms of sports, fitness, and smartwatch abilities. Some of the salient features of Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS are mentioned below:

  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS uses wearOS from Google as the underlying operating system of the watch.
  • It has a 1.4″ display screen with a display resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. The watch has a physical size of 47 mm. But, it is thinner at 12.3 mm.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS has an AMOLED screen and supports Always-on-Display mode.
  • It has one of the biggest battery size of 577 mAH to offer extended battery life on smartwatch, battery saver or GPS mode.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS supports GPS, Galilieo, GNSS, QNSS and Beidou satellite sytems as part of the GNSS suite.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS has an on-device storage of 8 GB that comes in handy to download music files locally on the smartwatch storage. This can be very useful for offline listening.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS also has a 1 GB internal memory.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS has an in-built speaker and microphone. Playing the songs off the watch storage is not a concern on the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS.
  • The watch is compatible with IP68 standards for dust protection and water resistance. It is marked good for swimming in an indoor pool.
  • The watch offers perpetual heart rate tracking.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS conforms to the military standards MIL-STD-810G.

The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS costs $299.99 as we write this. For an AMOLED watch with such rich features, the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS’s nearest competitor is the Samsung Watch 4.


TicWatch Pro 3 GPS

TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is identical to the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS. It has an AMOLED screen of 1.4″ and offers an enhanced display resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is also offered with LTE/Cellular support in a different model – TicWatch Pro 3 GPS LTE/Cellular edition. The LTE/Cellular model allows you to make use of eSIM functionality on the smartwatch to make calls or answer calls right through the smartwatch. Other features remain unchanged between the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS and the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS LTE/Cellular editions.

We look at some of the key features of the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS smartwatch below:

  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor. It has Mobvoi’s dual processor architecture to offer faster experience to the wearer of the watch.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS uses wearOS from Google as the watch operating system.
  • It has a 1.4″ display screen with a display resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. The watch has a physical size of 47 mm and a thickness of 12.3 mm. The thickness makes Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 GPS a sleek smartwatch option.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS has an AMOLED screen and supports Always-on-Display mode. It does have colors.
  • It has a battery size of 577 mAH. This makes it a smartwatch with one of the highest battery backups. On the smartwatch mode, the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS can last up to 72 days. On normal mode, it can last up to 45 days.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS supports GPS, Galilieo, GNSS, QNSS and Beidou satellite sytems as part of the GNSS suite of GPS connectivity.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS has an internal device storage of 8 GB. The on-device storage comes in handy to download music files locally on the smartwatch storage. This can be very useful for offline listening of music.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS also has a 1 GB internal memory.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS has an in-built speaker and microphone.
  • The watch is compatible with IP68 standards for dust protection and water resistance. TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is marked good for swimming in an indoor pool.
  • The watch offers perpetual heart rate tracking and has a PPG heart rate sensor to track heart health accurately.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS has two tactile buttons for watch operations.
  • It also has a gyroscope and altimeter for altitude calculations.
  • It has plastic and stainless steel body.

TicWatch Pro 3 GPS costs $229.99. This is $70 less than the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS. However, the Ultra GPS conforms to the military strength standards of MIL-STD-810G.

At this price, TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is a nice AMOLED watch. It allows the buyers to buy accidental damage warranty for a further 2 years. If you are after a budget smartwatch that will look good and is based on Google’s wearOS, do consider the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS and the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS.


Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

Amazfit’s GTR 3 Pro is another watch that boasts of a rich set of features. Most features are identical to Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 GPS smartwatch. Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has an Ultra HD AMOLED screen. We look at some key features of the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smartwatch below:

  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is based on the Zepp operating system.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has a physical size of 46 mm and the watch screen is 1.45″ wide. It is suitable for wrist size between 155-218 mm. It comes with a strap size of 22 mm.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has an Ultra HD AMOLED screen with a display resolution of 480 x 480 pixels. It has a pixel density of 331 ppi.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has an aluminium body, and is one of the lightest smartwatches with a weigh of just 32 g. It is just 10.7 mm thick, even less than the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro comes with a PPG sensor for continuous heart tracking, sleep tracking and blood oxygenation monitoring. You will need to enable continuous blood oxygenation monitoring and heart rate monitoring through the Zepp app.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM or 5 Bars. It can be used while swimming. The watch can withstand depth pressure of 5 meters or 165 foot below the water level.
  • GPS support on Amazfit GTR 3 Pro comprises of the GPS, Galileo, GNSS, QZSS and BeiDou satellite systems.
  • The battery capacity of Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is 450 mAH and it can last for up to 6 days on heavy usage. It can last for up to 30 days on the battery saver mode of the smartwatch.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has an in-built speaker and microphone.
  • You can store music locally on the watch storage. You can copy the music from your paired smartphone using a WIFI connection.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is compatible with Android mobile operating system. It works seamless with Android phones that have Android version 7 or higher version.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro can also work well with iOS devices that work with iOS version 12 or higher.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has multiple sensors that include the temperature sensor, ambient light sensor, altimeter for altitude calibration and a gyroscope.
  • The watch also has a couple of tactile buttons for watch operations.

For all the features offered by Amazfit GTR 3 Pro, it costs $229.99 as of now. The price is low for the vast array of features offered as part of the smartwatch bundle. And, with an AMOLED screen, the watch is cheaper than a Venu 2 Plus watch by at least $120.


Amazfit GTR 3

Amazfit GTR 3 comes at a price of $149.99. And, it has an AMOLED screen. The price looks unbelievable for the set of features offered by an Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatch. We look at some key features of the Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatch below.

  • Amazfit GTR 3 has an AMOLED screen and a display resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. It has a pixel density of 326 ppi.
  • Amazfit GTR3 does not have a bezel, and the watch screen is covered with a full glass. Full watch screen is made of glass.
  • Compared to the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro, the Amazfit GTR 3 does not have an in-built speaker. It, however, does have an in-built microphone.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 has a physical size of 46 mm and a thickness of 10.8 mm. It weighs 32 g. The weight can be attributed to lack of a metallic watch body on the front and a non-existent bezel. The watch screen is of 1.39″ size. The watch is appropriate for wrist size between 155-218 mm. It comes with a watch band of 22 mm.
  • Watch body of Amazfir GTR 3 is made of aluminium alloy. This is one of the significant reasons for low weight of the watch.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 has GPS support for the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QNSS and BeiDou satellite systems.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM and can be used while swimming. The watch can take a depth pressure of up to 5 meters or 165 feet below the water level.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 has a battery size of 450 mAH that can be fully charged in 2 hours time. The watch can last for up to 35 days on the battery saver mode; and, up to 10 days on heavy usage. You can use the watch continuously on GPS mode for up to 35 hours.
  • PPG sensor for continuous heart rate monitoring is available. You will need to enable the continuous heart monitoring through the Zepp app on the paired smartphone.
  • Blood oxygen saturation can be measured on-demand basis. Perpetual blood oxygenation tracking can be enabled through the Zepp app on the paired smartphone.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 includes sensors for altimeter, gyroscope, ambient light sensor and barometric pressure. Unlike the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro, it does not have a temperature sensor.
  • Amazfit GTR 3 supports BlueTooth 5.1. It does not have any WLAN support, unlike the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smartwatch.

For the price point, Amazfit GTR 3 is a compelling buy. You just need to be wary of the all-glass watch screen and lack of WLAN and temperature sensor. And, the AMOLED screen is a definite feature that we have been looking at for the purpose of this study.


Summary

The AMOLED screen on smartwatch should have been a standard feature all across. For some reason, the smartwatch companies have chosen to give AMOLED screen a miss on many models. We have Amazfit smartwatch that offers an AMOLED screen on a model that costs $149.99, and we have Garmin’s Epix that costs $999.99. In between, there are multiple other smartwatch offerings that have an AMOLED screen.

While an AMOLED screen is important for an enhanced display experience, there is no doubt that you must consider other factors before buying a smartwatch to factor in specific goals and requirements.

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