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Amazfit T-Rex review

Rugged all around!

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Our Verdict

The Amazfit T-Rex has been designed with the outdoors in mind, with a unique and rugged design, decent battery life and solid activity tracking. While it is a little expensive as a fitness tracker, it offers a lot that others don’t, such as a big AMOLED display and military-grade ruggedness.

For

  • Decent battery life
  • Classic design
  • Great AMOLED display
  • Military-grade robustness

Against

  • Notification management
  • Limited smartwatch functionality

TechRadar Verdict

The Amazfit T-Rex has been designed with the outdoors in mind, with a unique and rugged design, decent battery life and solid activity tracking. While it is a little expensive as a fitness tracker, it offers a lot that others don’t, such as a big AMOLED display and military-grade ruggedness.

Pros

  • + Decent battery life
  • + Classic design
  • + Great AMOLED display
  • + Military-grade robustness

Cons

  • - Notification management
  • - Limited smartwatch functionality
  • -

The Amazfit T-Rex is one of the few smartwatches that is designed for the outdoors, and yet doesn’t break the bank. While we may not be able to use that to its full potential any time soon, it provides peace of mind around not having to baby your new cool watch. With military-grade durability, water-proofing and reliable battery life, it is one of those gadgets that adds a lot of functionality without needing too much attention or care.

It joins other capable budget offerings in Huami’s popular Amazfit family. You might not have heard of its parent company, but it is the one that makes Xiaomi’s Mi Bands, which is the top-selling wearable in many regions, including India. With the T-Rex, it is foraying into the outdoor watch segment. And at a price of Rs 9,999, it is well-placed to do so.

Unlike some wannabe smartwatches, it doesn’t try too hard to appeal to those looking for a smartphone replacement. Instead, it unapologetically tries to win over those who need a capable fitness tracker that doesn’t look like a toy, or those who always wanted a rugged watch that could do more. Imagine those weekend bikers! 

Price and availability in India

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The Amazfit T-Rex is now available in India for a price of Rs 9,999 on Amazon.in. Colour options include Rock Black, Camo, Army Green and Khaki.

Check out the Amazfit T-Rex on Amazon.in

Design

  • Chunky but feels toy-like
  • Built to military standards
  • Water-resistant to 50 meters

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The Amazfit T-Rex is designed to be able to handle a beating. You’ll notice that the moment you unbox it — thick bezels, defined lugs, visible rivets and a prominent band. The watch comes in at a chunky 13.5mm thickness with a 47mm facia. Of course, the display is a lot smaller than that, giving it ample buffer space from all sides to take a beating. 

Oddly enough, it doesn’t feel too heavy or big, even on my skinny wrists. The 58g of heft is well distributed across the body, and the strap does a good job of keeping it in place. It’s also one of the more comfortable straps we’ve tested, and one of the few that has enough perforations to cover all body types. It is also very stretchable, adding another layer of comfort. If the black finish is not exciting enough for you, the Amazfit T-Rex is also available in khaki, army green and a camo finish. 

We’re used to praising watches that keep the weight down, but we’d almost prefer a few more grams here. The Amazfit T-Rex is almost toy-like in its lightness with the absence of more high-grade material. The look is clearly inspired by the Garmins and Suuntos of this world. There’s a big raised bezel that surrounds the touchscreen display, along with four textured physical buttons that make them easier to locate and press with a pair of gloves on or for using it in darkness.

Huami says the T-Rex is built to military standards, so it can withstand freezing temperatures and extremely humid ones. It has also been slapped with a waterproof rating that means you can take it swimming up to 50 meters deep. We did try dropping it from considerable heights, spraying it with jets of water and even stomping on it, but it escaped unhurt.

Display

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  • 1.3-inch 360 x 360 AMOLED screen
  • Bright and high-quality
  • Gets smudged easily

Budget fitness trackers usually sport pretty basic panels. We’re glad to report that the T-Rex sports one of the best displays on any smartwatch, even when compared to those at a higher price point. We’re looking at a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360. That size, resolution and spec combo is pretty rare.

It’s also up there with Samsung’s in terms of vibrancy and offering a nice pop of colour on those data screens. The viewing angles are strong as well, particularly when you just need to quickly glance down at it on a treadmill or out on a run. Brightness is strong too, even at auto-brightness, which is invariably kinder on the battery life. If you want to go to the max though for those night-time adventures, there’s plenty of luminance for your activities.

To up the durability stakes, you’re also getting added protection with Gorilla Glass 3, and the T-Rex has an anti-fingerprint coating, though we did find the screen still managed to get quite smudged up between workouts.

If we were to nitpick, the display responsiveness seems a little low at times, but that could be a deliberate decision to avoid accidental touches.

Michael Sawh

Michael is a freelance journalist who has covered consumer technology for over a decade and specialises in wearable and fitness tech. Previously editor of Wareable, he has written for publications including Wired UK, GQ, Men's Fitness, BBC Science Focus, Metro and Stuff. Michael is a keen runner and swimmer and is also the co-founder of YouTube channel The Run Testers.