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What is Circularly Polarized GPS on Amazfit GTR and GTS 4? Why is it Better?

GPS on a smartwatch provides accurate activity and location tracking with information like distance traveled, steps counted, calories burnt, etc. Taking an industry-first step in the same direction, Amazfit has recently introduced the GTS 4 and GTR 4 smartwatches with a new dual-band circularly polarized GPS. In this article, we will check out what is circularly polarized GPS on Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 and how it is different from the regular one.

Circularly Polarized GPS on Amazfit GTS GTR 4

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What is Circularly Polarized GPS?

The circularly polarized GPS is an advanced antenna system that provides a close-to-real navigation experience. The circularly polarized antenna rotates in a spiral pattern making one rotation during each wavelength. It regulates energy in every plane direction including vertical and horizontal.

This GPS system can send signals to the device from any direction anywhere more precisely. Since it can send signals in every plane, if the signal is not reflecting on a plane, it transfers the signal to another plane and completes the navigation.

Circularly Polarized GPS on Amazfit GTR and GTS 4

Dual Band Circularly Polarized GPS Antenna Smartwatch

The Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 have industry-leading six satellite dual-band circularly polarized GPS antenna technology which is introduced for the first time with these smartwatches in the industry.

This GPS technology is similar to the one which is used in the aircraft and automotive fields. Because of this, it provides stronger positioning which is 99% accurate as the top handheld GPS locators in the open air.

The circularly polarized GPS on these Amazfit smartwatches works seamlessly whether you are hiking on a tree-covered trail or cycling through a congested city. You will experience no disturbance in positioning by environment and multi-path interference.

Advantages of Circularly Polarized GPS on a Smartwatch

The circularly polarized GPS on Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 is highly beneficial, let’s have a look at some of its advantages:

  • All Plane Signals
  • 99% Accurate as Top Handheld Locators
  • Seamless Navigation
  • Stronger Signal Strength
  • Unimpeded Positioning

Circularly vs. Linear Polarized GPS: The Difference

Most traditional smartwatches with built-in GPS currently rely on linearly polarized GPS. It has two sides vertical and horizontal. When the electric field signals are perpendicular to the earth, it is known as vertically linearly polarized GPS.

This GPS system sends signals in two planes only i.e. vertical and horizontal. Because of this, it skips sending GPS signals to the watch if it is outside the direction of these two planes.

Whereas, circularly polarized GPS can send signals in every plane. It works in a spiral movement when a signal is sent through antennas. Which can send the signal to the watch in any direction as it changes the plane if something is in between the device and the signal.

Comparing both, we can clearly see that the circularly polarized GPS has more reliability, accuracy, and signal strength than the linearly polarized GPS which travels only horizontally or vertically. Let’s have a quick look at some major differences between both with the table below:

GPS Antenna Technology

Movement Type


Signal Strength

Linearly Polarized

Vertical & Horizontal



Circularly Polarized




What Else Do You Get on Amazfit GTS and GTR 4?

Apart from the advanced GPS, the Amazfit GTS 4 and GTR 4 smartwatches also bear support for NavIC. It is a GPS alternative designed by ISRO. India has placed eight satellites in the sky, covering the whole Indian continent and up to 1500 beyond the country’s borders.

As a result, NavIC outperforms GPS and GLONASS when it comes to location positioning in India. Apart from this, both smartwatches have over 150 sports modes with automatic recognition for strength exercises.

They get large AMOLED displays, support for Bluetooth calling, built-in storage to play music, a PeakBeats workout status algorithm, and improved BioTracker 4.o health sensors. The GTR 4 offers up to 14 days of battery life while the GTS 4 is claimed to last up to 8 days. Both watches have Alexa onboard.

Wrapping Up

This was all about the circularly polarized GPS on Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4. These are the first smartwatches to bring this GPS technology into the smartwatch industry and offer more accuracy compared to ordinary linearly polarized GPS smartwatches. Do share your thoughts on this in the comments below, and stay tuned with WearablesToUse for more informative articles!



Himanshu Kansal

Himanshu roams around the Internet to find the latest happenings in Tech Industry to stay updated about everything Tech. Apart from being a Tech Writer, he also makes content on YouTube and is passionate about Smartphones and Gadgets.