V2.217 – 14 Mar 2020

Suunto 7 Review

This publish is repeatedly up to date and usually changed month-to-month. It offers you a sign of which GPS Run, Bike and Triathlon sports activities units can be found NOW, that are DISCONTINUED and that are more likely to be outmoded SOON. Elsewhere on this website, there’s extra detailed SPECULATION & RUMORS about particular units and sports activities tech developments. Oh! and LOTS and LOTS of detailed critiques on nearly all the key run/tri watches and bike computer systems.

Use this Index to skip to the part you need. In case you are right here for the primary time and desirous about ‘future sports activities units & developments‘ then this complete publish ought to be of curiosity – WARNING a few of it’s based mostly on unsubstantiated rumours and guesswork however I believe the futures stuff will likely be proved to be largely right.

NEWS: Covid19 actually is disrupting plans to get the early 2020 crop of merchandise on to the market. Consequently I’ve only a few updates to share right here in comparison with the earlier model of this publish from earlier than Christmas 2019. It’s doubtless SOME spring releases will likely be set again to post-summer.

Nothing majorly thrilling to report 🙁

The complete record of ‘every little thing, previous & future‘ is in the direction of the top of this publish for every producer and listed below are headlines from latest months:

  • ANNOUNCED: Suunto 7
  • ANNOUNCED: Bryton Rider 860
  • ANNOUNCED: Timex Ironman R300
  • RELEASED: Suunto 3 (Gen 2, that is totally different from the three FITNESS)
  • RELEASED: Suunto 7
  • RELEASED: Garmin Tactix Delta
  • ANNOUNCED: Oppo Watch. (Cheaper apple watch rip-off accessible in Asia)
  • ANNOUNCED: Tag Heuer Linked Gen 3
  • ANNOUNCED: CooSpo BC200 (bike pc supporting energy meters)
  • IMMINENT: Descent Mk2
  • IMMINENT ?: D3 (Pilot: base, sapphire, photo voltaic)
  • 2020: Garmin 745
  • 2020: Garmin 955
  • 2020: Garmin 955 LTE!
  • 2020: Garmin Forerunner 655
  • 2020: Garmin Index Scale 2
  • 2020: Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
  • 2020: Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • 2020: Garmin Enduro
  • 2020: Garmin Quatix 6 (based mostly on Fenix 6)
  • 2020: Garmin Intuition 2 (presumably Photo voltaic too, presumably Photo voltaic model of the unique Intuition)
  • 2020: Garmin Fenix 6S SPORT (presumably a minor beauty variant, the potential inside identify for PRO)
  • 2020: Garmin Fenix 6 SPORT (presumably a minor beauty variant, the potential inside identify for PRO)
  • 2020: Garmin Fenix 6 SOLAR (presumably, ie NOT the 6X photo voltaic however photo voltaic on a decrease mannequin)
  • 2020: Garmin Vector AIR
  • 2020: New Shimano Dura-Ace speculated

Gross sales Offers – Frequently Up to date HERE.

Nonetheless, there have been just a few attention-grabbing software program updates together with the Karoo which now helps Structured exercises

Karoo now helps structured exercises from Coaching Peaks

Garmin has lately delivered the Vivoactive 4 (and premium VENU model), Vivomove 3 (no GPS), a brand new variant of the Intuition, a Garmin MARQ Commander and the MARQ ADVENTURER (previously EXPEDITION). Busy. Busy. Busy.

For 2020, you’ll be able to stay up for these:

  • 745 Tri Watch – Excessive stage of certainty (not 745xt)
  • Edge 130 Plus (not Edge 140)
  • Edge 1030 Plus inside 6 months (not Edge 1040 and that is NOT the latest firmware replace)
  • Some MORE Fenix 6 variants, presumably beauty, and in addition together with a SOLAR rolldown function
  • Forerunner 655.
  • Intuition 2/Photo voltaic
  • Enduro (Edge MTB?)
  • Vector Four energy meter
  • Relaxation assured there will likely be extra in 2020. It seems like Garmin have began to iterate key merchandise yearly (Fenix, 945, Vivoactive) and inside that annual iteration they’ll introduce many extra fashions/variants than at present accessible #GREATNews

Maintain your hopes alive for an HRM-PRO as you’ll have guessed the imminence of that has considerably gone away…sorry! (It WILL come). Don’t hold your hopes up for a brand new operating pod.

There are juicy rumours for 2020, beginning with the Suunto 7 which is now REAL

Bryton Rider 15 Review

Don’t overlook as nicely that the Suunto Three introduced quietly in 2020 IS a gen 2 system with some totally different innards and a special case, albeit with the identical software program options AFAIK. The preliminary press launch incorrectly included some options that weren’t there which, ahem, in all probability will likely be quickly. (Nothing too thrilling although)

My suspicion is that we are going to see a Suunto 9 Gen2 and a Suunto 5 Gen 2 in addition to just a few extra onboard software program options. I don’t know the naming nomenclature – be it Gen 2 or 2020 or v2. We are going to see software program options additionally added to the Suunto 7 Put on OS app, all I do know there’s that Suunto is ‘considering’ the omissions which were raised by customers however that no roadmap is on the market for our eyes.

Polar has extra choices than Suunto with extra fashions/ranges that may be prolonged or refreshed (V650, Vantage, A370, M200, M400). My authentic ‘guess’ was for a mass-market A380 after which one other Vantage variant however that may very well be flawed and a V660 bike pc may very well be subsequent.

Polar lately launched the V5 firmware in December as a well timed Christmas current to incorporate Strava Stay Segments (Vantage V), FitSpark adaptive coaching & Race Tempo (each Vantage).

I’m fairly positive that Polar has one thing thrilling for us in 2020.

Sigma launched the id.FREE and id.TRI sports activities watches. They’re good entry-level choices to think about. Regardless of wanting like a TomTom Runner…they are surely far more responsive and functionally richer than the TomToms had been.

Sigma iD.TRI Review

The large hypothesis right here is when  Google’s will first introduce a Fitbit-branded (Google-owned) Put on OS watch.

For positive Google WILL be coercing all of the Match OS app makers to port their apps throughout to Google’s Put on OS. I reckon lots will comply and that will likely be a pleasant, user-friendly enhance for the world-of-Put on OS.

Suunto 7 Review

However in case you are ready for Google to supply an Ionic 2 on Put on OS and a Versa Three on Put on Os you might be ready a very long time. I’d guess that no matter plans exist will should be re-jigged, re-branded and improved after which just a few doses of conservatism added. So, come again this time subsequent yr for a brand new “Fitbit by Google” AT THE EARLIEST.

Then once more, the much-rumoured Google Pixel 2 Watch would possibly exist already and are available out in Jan 2020 branded as a Fitbit Pixel (by Google). Simply as NEST will grow to be Google’s dwelling {hardware} sub-brand so will Fitbit grow to be Google’s well being sub-brand.

Fossil continues to be cranking out plenty of related Put on OS watches which are co-branded with ‘leading’ shopper model names from Michael KORS to sports-focused ones like Puma. This has given them a fairly massive market share throughout the Put on OS world.

Put on OS can run Qualcomm chips nevertheless it doesn’t HAVE to eg Casio declare to make use of their very own. However whichever piece of {hardware} is used it must be fairly a bit higher on the battery entrance to reliably final greater than a day. The operating pace and exquisite shows of Put on OS are nice…they simply want to remain on for a LOT longer #GarminVenu.

Among the Put on OS improvement MAY come full circle and use older tech to enhance the present tech. For instance, I imagine, Google has some eINK tech which could make its approach onto wearables. Think about your first-ever Kindle with a long-lasting battery and comparatively garbage display however as an alternative, think about it on a watch. eINK? you’ve simply bought it. However, name me silly (don’t, please, I’m delicate), I assumed the development on smartwatches was for fairly AMOLED-like screens. There would possibly nonetheless be a spot for eINK although, don’t get me flawed.

Then we come to the smartphone makers who produce same-branded smartwatches. Like Apple…however not referred to as Apple (Oppo isthe latet). So we’ve simply had a brand new Moto360 announcement from Motorola, whereas Samsung offers us the great-selling Galaxy Watch Active2 and Huawei give us the Watch 2 and Watch GT2. I in all probability must dedicate some brain-power to those as there’s clearly plenty of innovation and competitors taking place right here.

Garmin is clearly dominant on this sector and Wahoo are clearly the principle challenger model.

The Edge 530/830 fashions would be the thorn in each competitor’s aspect for the subsequent two years. There will likely be an Edge 130 Plus and an Edge 1030 Plus in 2020 to bother opponents even additional. Because the older however supremely competent Edge 520 falls to cheaper price factors that out of the blue thwarts Garmin’s opponents who thought they had been alright competing at cheaper price factors…oh expensive.

How tough is it for smaller corporations? Learn this: How one can Beat a Garmin Edge. The reply is ‘VERY’, BTW. If there’s ever some new product to beat Garmin it is going to doubtless be one other system based mostly on Android. Why?…Reply: apps and a shorter, simpler product improvement cycle.

Bryton Rider 15 Review

Bryton, Sigma, Lezyne, CatEye, Polar and different smaller bike pc corporations all strategy bike computer systems from subtly totally different angles however all share LOW PRICE POINTS amongst their distinctive promoting factors. Most of people who I’ve simply listed are additionally VERY functionally wealthy as nicely. The Sigma Rox 12 is a superb system, it’s no secret I like Wahoo and I like Hammerhead’s Karoo too.

The Bryton 860 I imagine is launched in Asia however not but accessible within the EU/North America.

The wars additionally embrace a number of skirmishes at VERY low value factors. eg we’re seeing sale costs of £50/$60 for Lezyne units that help BLE and ANT+ energy meters plus STRAVA stay HERE.

That is my opinion of present & future units throughout the GPS operating/biking market. Updates to this will likely be issued as and when data emerges which can embrace rumours, though please word that any data supplied to me beneath NDA by producers won’t seem right here and I received’t discuss it as I at all times honour agreements I make both written or verbal. So there will likely be just a few extra surprises over and above all of this 😉 I’ve at the very least an affordable stage of confidence that watches predicted right here for the longer term are broadly right – timings and performance might NOT be what I anticipate. Please let me know of errors or omissions. On the finish of the desk is a dialogue about present points and sports activities tech developments. Thanks. Get pleasure from.

Garmin – Present and Rumoured Fashions

🔴 = Discontinued or successfully discontinued and changed

🔵 = Anticipated Future Mannequin or ‘very recent’.

ClassHyperlinks to both a evaluation, opinion article or your native AmazonFeedback
BikeEdge 1000Outmoded
BikeEdge DiscoverPresent: Jul 2018’s smaller model of the Edge 1030. Most efficiency options eliminated. Good for navigation
BikeEdge 1030  / 🔵

Edge 1030 Plus (2020)

Edge 1040 (2020-21)

Present, Q3-This fall.2019 noticed large updates to the 1030 to match the brand new 530/830.  That won’t delay the 1030 Plus launch.
BikeEdge 20, Edge 25Entry-level biking pc
BikeEdge 130Entry-level biking pc with very attention-grabbing specs. Could 2018
Bike🔵 Edge 130 Plus (2020)

🔵 Edge 140 (2020-21)

Due Spring 2020
Bike🔴 Edge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510Successfully Discontinued
BikeEdge 520Nonetheless an excellent biking pc and getting CHEAPER however a bit gradual with no maps
BikeEdge 520 PLUSPresent. Up to date {hardware} functionality (CIQ3), maps and software program. Changed by quicker 530
Bike🔵Edge 530

Edge 540

Obtainable Could 2019

540 may very well be Spring 2021

Bike🔴 Edge 800, 810Successfully Discontinued
BikeEdge 820Prime-end, medium-sized, nav biking pc. Dodgy display. Changed by 830
Bike🔵Edge 830

Edge 840

Obtainable Could 2019

840 may very well be Spring 2021

BikeEdge MTB (one thing greater than the 530 MTB bundle)

This MIGHT be the deliberate ENDURO for 2020. Or Enduro is likely to be one thing fully totally different.

There are gaps available in the market right here at the very least two value factors. It may very well be stuffed by Garmin – similar to the Intuition did for funds open air.
Open air🔴 EpixGood However Successfully Discontinued and changed by Fenix 5X
Open air🔴 Fenix, Fenix 2, QuatixSuccessfully Discontinued, not so good as subsequent fashions.
Open air🔴 Fenix Three Fenix Three HR + variantsPresent, nonetheless nice units
Open airFenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUSGarmin’s flagship mannequin for 2018-2019. These are notably up to date Fenix 5 fashions.  Outmoded in with higher {hardware} within the Fenix 6.
Open airFenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5xGarmin’s flagship mannequin for 2017-2018. Caveat Emptor. The Plus model is the one you wish to purchase NOT these…
Open airTactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Tactix Delta (2020), Descent MK1, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie, Quatix, D2 Delta (& S and PX) Photo voltaic & Sapphire‘military’/looking, diving, aviation variants of Fenix 5
Open air🔵 Fenix 6,

Fenix fashions are 6S (Base, Sapphire and Professional), 6 (Base, Sapphire and Professional) 6x (Professional and Photo voltaic)

Tactix Delta, D2 Echo,

  • Descent MK2 (March 2020)
  • Quatix 6 (due quickly, perhaps 2020)
  • Delta D2 (base, sapphire, photo voltaic)
  • Fenix 6 (additional Photo voltaic and Sport variants for 2020)
Open airFenix 7This fall.2020-Q1.2021
Open air🔴 Fenix ChronosHigh quality innards. F5s firmware. Costly. Changed by the MARQ.
Open airMARQ (successfully Fenix Chronos 2)

Aviator (aero), Captain (marine), Athlete (multi-sport), Expedition (Hike/Open air), Driver (automotive).

🔵MARQ Commander 1 Oct2019.

Introduced. the MARQ vary is the Fenix vary in a flowery shell eg MARQ ATHLETE is a 945 in an costly shell.
Open air🔵 MARQ2/CHRONOS3This fall.2020-Q1.2021
Open airIntuition

The Intuition 🔵Tactical version is now accessible and differs solely with the NIGHT VISION and STEALTH modes, in addition to the JUMPMASTER profile.

Oct 2018 A cut-down outdoors-focussed Fenix.

August 2019 TACTICAL COYOTE version

Open air🔵 Intuition 2 (presumably SOLAR model)Due in 2020.

This WILL come because the Intuition is standard. Prediction? It is going to be much less ugly 😉 … perhaps not

Run🔴 Forerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225Successfully Discontinued
Run🔴 Forerunner 230In all probability received’t get replaced. Successfully Discontinued.
Run🔴 Forerunner 235Alternative 245 & 245M are imminent. 235 is sweet
Run🔴 Forerunner 235LApr2018’s cut-down model for the Chinese language market.
Run🔵 Forerunner 245 & Forerunner 245 Music

Forerunner 255 (2021)

Run🔴Forerunner 25Entry-level run/sports activities watch
Run🔴 Forerunner 30Entry-level run/sports activities watch
Run🔴 Forerunner 35Entry-level run/sports activities watch
Run🔵 Forerunner 45, 45S

Forerunner 55 (2021)

Present, Introduced April 2019
Run🔴 Forerunner 610, Forerunner 620Successfully Discontinued however adequate
Run🔴 Forerunner 630Nice system, outmoded
RunForerunner 645 and 645M

Forerunner 655 (2020)


Q1-Q2.2020 for the 655

Run/TriForerunner 735XTPresent, nice mid-range tri watch (no barometer). it’s the final remaining CIQ2 system therefore subsequent to get replaced
Run/Tri🔵 Forerunner 745 (745XT suffix will likely be dropped)Anticipated spring 2020
Run🔴 Forerunner 910XTNice tri watch in its day, nonetheless adequate if you will discover one
Run🔴Forerunner 920XTNice tri watch…all you want actually. Typically CHEAP
Run/TriForerunner 935Nonetheless a Prime tri watch, no gimmicks
Run/Tri🔵 Forerunner 945
  • Forerunner 955, wanting now extra doubtless as spring 2020 plus…
  • Forerunner 955 LTE, yup.
Prime Tri Watch, gimmicks
Health🔴 VivoactiveSuccessfully Discontinued
HealthVivoactive 3Present – a contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
HealthVivoactive Three MUSIC, Vivoactive 3MVA3 with music. Q2.2018
HealthVivoactive Three Plus Music LTE VerizonJan 2019
Health🔵 Vivoactive 4 & 4S with an excellent AMOLED display on the top-end VA4 referred to as VENU.

Vivoactive 5 (2021, presumably 2020 if now moved to annual launch cycle)

September 2019
Health🔴 Vivoactive HRNice system, successfully Vivoactive 2, changed by Vivoactive 3
Health🔵 Vivofit 2, Vivofit 3, Vivofit 4December 2017: supersedes VivoFit 3. Vivofit 5 due for Xmas 2019.
Health🔴 VivomoveGown watch, outmoded September 2017
Health🔴 Vivomove HRPresent Sept 2017
Health🔵 Vivomove 3 / 3s /Model / LuxeSeptember 2019
Swim🔴 Swim
Swim🔵 Swim 2October 2019
SwimSwim 32022?

Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit, Apple, and so forth – Present and Rumoured Fashions

ProducerClassHyperlinks to both a evaluation, opinion article or your native AmazonFeedback
adidasRun🔴Good RunDiscontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunBip (#A1608 – Bip S Supercedes)

Tempo (#A1612, #A1602)

Bip Lite (#A1915)

Bip S (2020)

Xiaomi Mi Watch Shade (2020)

Present merchandise
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunTempo 2Tempo 2 is Stratos. The one distinction between the Chinese language (A1609 Amazfit Tempo 2) and the Worldwide model (A1619 Amazfit Stratos) is the firmware.
Amazfit Stratos 2 means Stratos (A1619)
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)HealthVerge, Verge Lite,

🔵 Verge 2 / Nexo



Present mannequin A1811 (Lite #A1818), as over 1 Dec 2018 now promoting within the USA. Verge 2 / Nexo imminent with eSIM.

GTR launched Jul2019 ( A1910). Ironman model and titanium model

GTS introduced Aug 2019, it’s their model of the apple watch

Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Run/Tri🔴STRATOS half



Present, Multisport 2018 watch. Intl variations v1 & v2 are identical.

STRATOS Three Aug 2019 – mannequin #A1929

Huami Amazfit T-Rex – mannequin #A1919, Garmin Intuition wannabe

AppleHealth🔴Watch Sequence 1 (Sport),

🔴 Watch Sequence 2 w/Nike, Sequence Three GPS+Mobile,

Present, nice pricing on the AW3 beware inferior {hardware} in comparison with AW4.
AppleHealthWatch Sequence Four w/NikePresent. A notable {hardware} improve from the AW3.
AppleHealth🔵 Watch Sequence 5Sep 2019, will run on WatchOS6. Aluminium, stainless-steel, titanium and ceramic variations in addition to the 40mm and 44mm variations. Additionally a Nike co-branded model.
AppleHealth🔵 Watch Sequence 6Sep 2020, will run on WatchOS7.
BrytonBikeRIDER 100, 310, 330, 410, 450h, 530E, Rider 530 T, aero 60, one, Rider 860, Rider 420Present, 450E is high mannequin @
BrytonBikeRIDER quite a few different fashionsSuccessfully Discontinued
BontragerBikeTREK Trip Time Elite, Journey 300, Bontrager Garmin Edge 1030low spec own-branded units and Bontrager-branded Garmin system
CasioOpen air


Professional Trek Good WSD-F20Present, changed by F20/F30 introduced Aug 2018


Professional Trek Good WSD-F21 HRSep 2019. Up to date F20 with oHR
CasioOpen air


Professional Trek Good WSD-F30Introduced: Jan 2019, changing WSD-F20. Count on a WSD-F40 in Jan 2020 😉
CatEyeBikeSTEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Good+, Stealth evo+ CC-GL51 (2015), full spec’d Aventura2016 fashions are present (full mannequin record right here), Avventura would possibly solely be accessible in Japan
COROSRun/TriTempo Tempo Multisport M1

Tempo 2

Present, Garmin 735XT lookalike

2020 ought to see an replace of the Tempo, as Coros return to revisit their street operating roots

COROSRun/TriApex 42mm 46mmPresent Oct 2018. Extremely credible endurance run and tri various. Competent small format is on the market. Jan 2019 a particular version introduced for 46mm.
COROSRun/TriApex PROThis fall.2019 Someplace between Apex and Vertix
COROSOpen airVertixPresent Could 2019. Premium case and SpO2
CooSpoBikeBC200Present (hey! they made the hassle to incorporate energy meter help, I made the hassle to incorporate it on this record)
EpsonRun/Tri🔴ProSense 17, 🔴ProSense 57, 🔴ProSense 307, 🔴ProSense 347


FossilHealth WearOSSportNovember 2018
FitbitHealthBlazeChanged by Versa
FitbitHealth🔴Cost, Cost 2Discontinued
FitbitHealthCost 3Present

🔵 Versa 2

Present SE model has Match Pay funds

Versa Lite – March 2019

Versa 2 – accessible 15 September 2019 with Aug 28th Announcement

FitbitHealth🔴Cost HRDiscontinued
FitbitHealthIonicPresent, September 2017
FitbitHealthIonic 2Due September 2019, perhaps
FitbitHealthIonic AdidasIntroduced Feb 2018, has an Adidas app
FitbitHealthSurgeOutmoded by Ionic
FossilHealth WearOSPuma SmartWatch

Michael Kors MKGO

Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3

Sep 2019 (Prob identical watch inside because the Fossil sport)

Sep 2019 (Prob identical watch inside because the Fossil sport)

Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3



SportSport Makes use of 2019 Snapdragon processor. Fossil is a BIG WearOS watch producer for a lot of sub-brands. Sport makes use of a brand new 3100 processor.
GeekeryOpen airIronCloud T1IndieGoGo Marketing campaign Q2/Q3.2018 look however don’t contact. Cheaper Fenix 5 wannabe. Apparently, it’s folded. Caveat Emptor.

Neos ANT+


Biking Computer systems. The NeosTrack is a fairly high-spec mannequin.
iGSPORTBikeiGSPORT iGS618Biking Laptop, I believe these guys are owned by Xiaomi and may very well be one to look at on the funds finish
HammerheadBikeKarooBiking Laptop, first items launched in Feb 2018.

My understanding is that KAROO improvement will likely be focussed on firmware enhancements and never new {hardware}

HuaweiHealth WearOSMatch, Watch 2 Sport, Watch GT LivelyWearOS and a very good spec. Present (Watch 2 was 2017 with an incremental 2018 replace) The Match was successfully the “Watch 1 Sport”.

Watch Three Watch GT and this was codenamed FORTUNA (GT shouldn’t be WearOS anymore)

HuaweiHealth WearOSHonor MagicWearOS and a very good spec, November 2018
LezyneBikeMini, Macro Plus GPS (Macro, Macro Straightforward, Micro, Micro Watch, Tremendous Professional (Tremendous GPS), Mega, Watch variantsMEGA introduced July 2018

MACRO EASY GPS introduced Jul 2019

Macro Plus & Tremendous Professional revamped earlier fashions, introduced Jul 2019 with FE-C

Full, present record right here

LGHealth WearOSWatch SportPresent, apparently one of many higher WearOS units – definitely spec seems the very best. Watch2 has seen e-sim in China solely
LGHealth WearOSLM-W315, LM-305, LM-W325, LM-W319,LM-W315 may very well be referred to as ICONIC. With one of many different fashions being the ICONIC SPORT. LM-W319 may very well be as quickly as Sep 2018 (doubtless that is now the W7 which is a non-sports hybrid.) however a Watch3 spinoff will likely be 2019.
Mont BlancHealth WearOSSummit 2Introduced – a number of fairly superior sporty options
GoogleHealth WearOSPixel SmartwatchTo be launched in 2019. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS model will likely be launched as nicely.
MIO/MagellanBikeCyclo 605, 505HC+ othersGood units. The 505HC seems to now be discontinued and changed with a barely superior 605HC (Q2.2017). Different fashions embrace Cyclo 210 (re-announced Aug2018?), 400, 405, 405HC

Uncertain of the state of affairs in USA with sister firm MAGELLAN. Who’ve dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike merchandise

MisfitHealth WearOSVaporWearOS. Changed by Vapor 2
MisfitHealth WearOSVapor 2WearOS. Present.
MiViaHealthRun 3502017 Fitbit Versa look-alike
MobvoiHealthTicwatch 2 aka Ticwatch Lively2017 funds sports activities watch with GPS & Music
MobvoiHealth WearOSTicwatch E22018 funds sports activities watch with GPS & Music, the substitute for Ticwatch E
MobvoiHealth WearOSTicwatch S2CES2019 substitute for Ticwatch S (ie S1). S=Sport
MobvoiHealth WearOSTicwatch S2017 WearOS 2.Zero funds sports activities watch. Ticwatch E is cheaper and non-sport model. Ticwatch 2, Lively and Traditional are totally different – not WearOS. Changed by S2.
MobvoiHealth WearOSTicwatch Professional

🔵 Ticwatch Professional 4G LTE

WearOS 2.0,

🔵 new Ticwatch Professional  Jul 2019 with LTE (USA solely)

Thriller ‘big name’Health WearOSNew EntrantThis was speculated to have occurred.
MotoHealth WearOS360 Sport – 2nd Gen/Sport

Gen Three November 2019

New SteadinessHealth WearOSRunIQWearOS. Present
OmataBikeOmata OneStylish Bike Laptop Present
OppoGoodWatchSeems like an Apple Watch no EU/USA availability as of MArch 2020
Ordnance SurveyBikeOS Horizon GPS


OS Path Bike GPS

OS Path 2 Bike GPS (2019)

Excessive-quality MAPS on a bikenav
PolarBikeV660V650 refresh 2019/2020
PolarRun/TriVantage VV800 substitute
PolarRun/TriVantage MExtra run-focussed than the V mannequin and a bit greater than the M430.
PolarRun/TriVantage V Titaniumhigh-end case variant of the Vantage V

I’m by no means satisfied that there will likely be a Vantage M – lite mannequin. though this might theoretically change the M200.

We’ve seen the Vantage V…maybe we may also have a Vantage W, Vantage X…Y & Z if Polar take the Vantage extra in the direction of a Fenix-type watch.

PolarHealthA370A360 substitute with linked-GPS
PolarHealthA380 I assume you possibly can speculate that there’s an A380 due however I’d not be so positive that Polar (or anybody else) will pursue a premium band format.
PolarHealth🔵  IgniteHealth & Operating watch
PolarRunM200Entry-level oHR operating/sports activities watch 2016. Alternative 2019 perhaps
PolarRun🔴M400Changed by M430 in Q1.2017
PolarRunM430An optical M400, launched. that is largely changed by the Vantage M, though the Vantage M has notable additional stuff kinda making it a mannequin larger. M430 has been confirmed as remaining within the Polar product set as a full-featured operating watch BUT it won’t obtain new performance.
PolarBike🔴M450Changed by M460 in Q1.2017
PolarBikeM460M450 with STRAVA LIVE
PolarRun WearOSM600STILL the very best WearOS sports activities look ahead to Android
PolarBikeV650Bike Nav Biking system. May get an ANT+ refresh however effective as-is
PolarRun/Tri🔴V800Nonetheless an excellent multisport watch, changed by Vantage V & Vantage M
SamsungHealthGear SportPresent (Gear Match Professional is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Match Plus may very well be the 2018 model of that)
SamsungHealthGalaxy Watch LivelyGalaxy Sport is Galaxy Watch Lively
SamsungHealth🔵 Galaxy Watch Active2

Galaxy Watch 2 (SM-R840)

July 2019

Feb 2020?

Sigma SportBikeRox GPS 7.0, ROX GPS 10.0, Rox GPS 11.0, Rox 12.Zero Sport, id.TRI, id.FREEGood function set, present.

Rox 12.Zero Sport June 2018 seems like a large leap ahead for the corporate. Extremely competent bikenav

id.TRI is a really attention-grabbing funds TRI providing

Full record of Sigma merchandise right here

SonyHealth WearOSSmartwatch Three SWR50WearOS. Present
SoWatchHealthSoWatchIndieGogo – Sports activities and different stuff
SkagenHealth WearOSFalster 2With GPS added, this now counts as a sports activities watch. It goals to be seen because the prettiest WearOS
PioneerBIKENAVSGX-CA500, SGX-CA600Biking Laptop, seems good. OSM, ANT+, energy

Full record right here

SRMBikePowerControl 7 (PC7) / 8 (PC8)Biking Laptop
SpecialisedBike SpeedZone Sport / SpeedZone IIFundamental Biking Computer systems
LevelsBikeSprint (L10)Biking Laptop. low-cost and well-featured
LevelsBikeSprint L50, M50New fashions for launch Q1-2.2019
SuuntoVariedAmbit Three variants (Peak, run, Sport…)Nonetheless nice units. In some ways superior.
SuuntoVariedAmbit 4The SPARTAN TRAINER is the substitute to the AMBIT3, at the very least by way of seems.
SuuntoVaried🔴 Ambit/Ambit 2Successfully Discontinued
SuuntoRun/TriSPARTAN SportPresent, OK to purchase now
SuuntoRun/TriSPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Present
SuuntoOpen airSpartan Sport Wrist HR BaroPresent
SuuntoRun/TriSPARTAN CoachNew out of doors variants in Jan 2018, outmoded in 2019 with Suunto 5
SuuntoOpen airSPARTAN ExtremelyPresent, OK to purchase now. Suunto 9 is an efficient substitute
SuuntoHealthSuunto 3

Suunto Three Health

Present. A low-end mannequin with attention-grabbing specs. GPS solely from paired and carried smartphone.

The Suunto Three dropped the FITNESS suffix in 2020 and DOES have totally different {hardware}

SuuntoHealthSuunto 9Present. Excessive-end Spartan ULTRA substitute
SuuntoHealthSuunto 7Put on OS Good sports activities watch

Suunto will likley now iterate bi-annual variations of three/5/7/9

SuuntoRun/Tri🔵 Suunto 5Good mid-range tri watch. Alternative for SPARTAN Coach
Tag HeuerHealthLinked Gen

Linked Gen 2

Linked Gen 3

Put on OS on snapdragon 3100 and an enormous price ticket. but nonetheless a sensible health watch
TimexRun/triIronMan R300
TomTomRun🔴 Adventurer

Runner 3, Spark 3

Nonetheless an excellent watch. But it surely seems like TomTom sports activities division is closed down. Nonetheless firmware updates as of Eight Could 2018
TomTomRun🔴 Spark, Runner, Runner 2Successfully Discontinued, there was by no means a Spark 2
WithingsHealthTransfer & Transfer ECGCES2019, Candy Health ecosystem
WithingsHealthMetal HR SportPresent
Wahoo HealthBikeELEMNTAn important biking pc, due a refresh
Wahoo HealthBikeELEMNT BOLTAn important biking pc, due a refresh
Wahoo HealthBikeELEMNT ROAMColor model of a super-sized Bolt with navigation
Wahoo HealthBikeELEMNT MINILower down biking pc no GPS, no energy compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors. , due a refresh
XPLOVA/AcerBike🔴 G3, G5, E5, E7Successfully discontinued
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX3 EVOPresent, FYI they’re releasing a turbo coach Q3.2019
XPLOVA/AcerBike🔴X5Outmoded by X5 EVO
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX5 EVOPresent, refreshed mannequin. onboard video, guess there’ll be an X6 subsequent…
XSHealthXS Four SmartwatchIndiegogo – Watch, cellphone, every little thing.


  • There are a lot of different low-priced manufacturers, a number of of that are visible rip-offs of the principle manufacturers’ fashions.
  • Some low-priced manufacturers embrace PARNERME, UWEAR, GoLife, GooPhone, Reabeam, FitCare, iGPSport
  • There are in all probability additionally some Kickstarter and Indegogo sort new fashions deliberate. My broad opinion is that if that is the primary sports activities watch from an organization with no monitor file then you’ll lose your cash. Spend a bit bit additional and as an alternative get an actual product now.
  • In case you’ve discovered a model that I’ve not listed above and the value seems too good to be true…there’s in all probability a motive. Simply go for the manufacturers above…eg Lezyne & Bryton supply low-cost and completely good bike computer systems that help advanced utilization.

What have I missed? Are there others? (Sure! I’m reviewing one now 😉 )

Observe: data that has grow to be accessible about equipment is NOT included (too a lot of them). There are additionally too many Energy Meter variants for me to maintain monitor of. I’ve greater than a passing curiosity in PMs for triathlon disciplines however I don’t control the entire market – the doc I hold up-to-date on PM is my information to the very best energy meter. I’m typically going to exclude wrist bands from the lists above, just like the Vivokids v2, though some bands have sneaked in there already.

Please let me know of any I’ve missed

Additionally helpful for checking compatibility and new fashions

The large development is ‘not here guv’….the sensible VC cash is now in MEDICAL-WEARABLE tech fairly than sports activities wearable tech, there are apparent exceptions.

These are the main tech developments for endurance sports activities units as I see them. You will see that there are common thrusts forwards in watch tech that are lagging barely behind smartphone tech and there are additionally sports-specific improvements that may doubtless solely ever occur on watches. Among the developments are technical developments eg for a ‘LTE’ however then the technical development itself additionally allows new companies to be supplied on it eg LTE will help instantaneous location-based performance

Display Tech

Apple Watch/WearOS and others have already got excessive decision screens however no ‘proper’ sports activities watches do…but.

AMOLED is coming to a sports activities watch close to you. Garmin’s VENU is the beginning and it’ll finish with AMOLED-like tech on VERY MANY sports activities watches. You may need to attend as much as Four extra years although for it to be widespread. Energy utilization is the problem holding all of it again.

Connectivity Tech

WiFi will get ever quicker however that received’t actually impression sports activities units an excessive amount of.

Bluetooth and ANT+ will hold doing their factor and Bluetooth will finally win regardless of not being nearly as good for sports activities. Happily, that will likely be in MANY years time. So no want to fret but.

A number of Bluetooth connections will begin to be created on units eg Polar H10 has 2x BLE connections and a number of ANT+ connections. eg Wahoo’s KICKR18 now has 3x BLE connections within the newest firmware (not KICKR17 grrr)

LTE/Mobile connectivity is the place most innovation will happen and a number of other smartwatch makers, together with Garmin, have dabbled with this on smartwatches. I’m anticipating this to grow to be extra prevalent from 2020 onwards on SPORTS watches and SIM corporations like MOKANIX try to construct a enterprise on developments like that. Don’t essentially anticipate your watch’s SIM to have the ability to make or take cellphone calls…sounds loopy? perhaps not, they may simply be utilized in sports activities so as to add additional in-exercise connectivity successfully permitting extra severe athletes to keep away from carrying their cellphone in the event that they wish to transmit their progress, then, in fact, this might enter into the realms of usefulness for the stay screening of stats {of professional} sportspeople.

Fee Tech /NFC

This works nicely on the units I’ve used that help it (Garmin, Fitbit, Apple, others). The issue is the business help of your most popular financial institution and never technical.

Industrial agreements should be negotiated and supported by EVERY financial institution. This can be a ridiculous (however needed) state of affairs. And as soon as a correct funds system like PAYPAL/STRIPE realises this they’ll unfold their tentacles from the online and smartphones to supply a ubiquitous service that smartwatches can use in any forex, wherever. (Bitcoin anybody?)

Music Tech

Music Companies: Garmin has commercially ‘nailed’ music while exercising by enabling the combination of AMAZON music, Spotify and Deezer. Once I say ‘nailed’ I imply that their providing has a probably broad enchantment because it helps a number of companies with the flexibility to comparatively simply add others sooner or later. Audible, Apple Music and Google Play Music nonetheless should be added to Garmin.

Geographic constraints: All music companies are constrained by regional licencing variations.

Not one of the distributors’ choices works as generic streaming companies. As a substitute, they use Bluetooth cellphone connections or home WiFi to cache your tracks from streaming companies. As soon as LTE/ Mobile connectivity is supported over bigger populations we would see correct/stay streaming, though the present approach of working fits me.

Excessive definition music playback is NOT supported from any smartwatch that I do know eg utilizing AptX HD. AFAIK all of them use normal-quality CODECS and produce other audio-tech constraints which imply that your operating with music functionality can sound GOOD however not EXCELLENT. And your sports activities watch can not stream a high-quality music sign to high-quality Bluetooth audio system at dwelling – over Wifi it is likely to be potential (IDK).


Help for a number of GNSS constellations simply signifies that you should utilize extra satellites. That signifies that you’ll solely have an elevated probability of getting +/-5m accuracy

To get that elusively-accurate GPS operating monitor different issues must fall into place.

  • Among the constellations already help a number of frequencies (bands) of transmissions. If receivers use two of those frequencies (twin band) then that may remove one of many main errors on the sign travelling by way of the ambiance. Twin-band Galileo would possibly ship that and is utilized in some smartphones now. This will, in principle, give +/-1m accuracy (GPS + Galileo is NOT dual-band per se, Galileo has Three bands, not all of that are used)
  • HOWEVER, the aerial must be as much as the job. A watch aerial usually simply factors up. However a greater aerial may additionally level down and in the direction of constructing in order that it may know if it receives a bounced sign or a direct sign. The bounced sign at all times travels additional and at present, these confuse your watch and make it assume you’re a few metres away from the place you actually are.
  • It’s potential that some type of ground-based station can right positional errors (Google: SBAS) and perhaps combining with city WiFi networks or nationwide mobile masts can ship higher accuracy right here too in city areas #Perhaps
  • GPS III Three sounds one higher than GPS 2. However all this stuff, above, must fall into place first.
  • Twin-band GNSS IS stay on a number of smartphones and SBAS is used on sports activities watches eg Polar VANTAGE

Optical HR Tech

We’re nearly there with oHR delivering resting HRV. Or at the very least it’s potential. This then signifies that all distributors ought to be capable of ship a very good SLEEP providing based mostly on wise sleep knowledge.

Past that, I can’t see anybody persistently delivering oHR accuracy to, say, +/-3% for >90% of athletes utilizing current tech.

ie I think some legendary new tech is required, though I believe it’s referred to as a chest strap.

Elevation Tech

In my thoughts, Garmin has largely nailed this with Digital Elevation Maps (DEM) ie a map that has the identified elevations of each sq. metre of the earth (or regardless of the precise decision).

Couple that with algorithms that fine-tune by barometric-altimetry and GPS-altimetry and we’re there. Properly, until you’re on a steep cliff face or in a built-up space. But it surely’s nice for practically all of us, practically all the time.

The issue is the fee and complexity of doing this for a smaller firm. #BarrierToEntry. People who care sufficiently about elevation (some cyclists) will in all probability simply purchase a Garmin, so is it value new entrants attempting to implement maps and DEM? In case you implement maps you in all probability will wish to implement routing on the identical time and that’s HARD.

Battery Tech

I mentioned elsewhere that Garmin has reached “peak battery” I don’t know the way they’ve accomplished it. Coros is fairly good too. Both approach, their batteries final for a LONG time. WAY longer than virtually any of us want them to. OK, so the fact is that the battery lives are not so good as marketed when you begin connecting all of your sensors and navigating, getting misplaced and enjoying music however the battery life downside appears to have a workable end-game in sight.

Photo voltaic tech will unfold by way of Garmin’s ranges all the way down to cheaper watches and throughout to bike computer systems. Others amongst us will simply take a battery pack. It’s tough to see who else will attempt to critically implement Photo voltaic tech, is there any level in a smartwatch firm boosting their day-long battery life by just a few 10s of minutes? Presumably not.

Consequently now’s the time to begin introducing plenty of battery-eating capabilities once more! #Sigh !! (Sure I’ll use them too!). And sure that WILL imply introducing superior screens on SPORTS watches.

Wi-fi charging and shared charging between units would possibly come to a watch close to you. Or not. Charging based mostly on physique warmth would possibly maybe unfold extra extensively (eg Matrix Gemini TEG)

The ‘next big thing’ may very well be GRAPHENE battery tech in 2022/23.

Voice Tech

Many operating watch distributors have half-decent help for audio suggestions throughout exercises. In case you take heed to music it’s possible you’ll end up inadvertently ALSO listening to your 1km lap instances while you had been least anticipating it. In fact, audio suggestions is already extra intensive than simply lap instances however, maybe, audio options aren’t utilized by runners THAT extensively.

Audio alerts DO ‘sound’ (aha, pun) a bit amateurish however, really, I reckon they’re fairly helpful when you find yourself going flat out you don’t wish to have to boost your wrist or look down at your section progress in your bike pc. Properly, I don’t try this. Plainly ‘just going for it’ is likely to be one of the best ways for a PB in any case! Nonetheless, I wouldn’t thoughts be selectively nagged throughout a one-minute STRAVA section PB try…I imply, err, audio-coached.

In case you use Siri or Google Assistant or Amazon by way of audio system at dwelling or in your automotive, then it’s not exhausting to see that very quickly sports activities watches may very well be usefully conscious of audio instructions. “OK-Google…take a lap” being a easy instance on a WearOS watch that would in all probability occur now…or you possibly can press the button! However what if it’s raining and your touchscreen has gone AWOL…simply sayin’.

Group Tech

You could possibly see group tech as ‘social sharing’ like with STRAVA. However take into consideration teams differently and the way their sporty expertise could be augmented.

Consider Sunday biking teams. Why shouldn’t your rear-pointing radars and lights all work collectively to raised alert the group about oncoming automobiles and higher alerts automobiles with coordinated flashing? I believe this would possibly occur pretty quickly, Edge units can already help Bluetooth MESH networks and the obvious SPORTY utility for that expertise must be group mild/radar management.

In case you are operating as a gaggle then fairly than simply your place, why shouldn’t different stats be shared like coronary heart charge or operating energy (w/kg) that can assist you spot the slackers?

Why can’t we signal our Garmin as much as a race and periodically flash-upload lap stats to a centralised race portal? Widespread mobile help on our units will assist this in years to come back.

Or we may simply higher share pictures of cuddly cats as a part of our social GROUPS 🙂 However you get the purpose that usually innovation occurs only for the sake of innovation and there are clearly many extra social group improvements left to be remodeled and above ‘cute cats’.

Solo Tech & Security Tech

Clearly, there’s a development for gamification of solitary coaching the place companies like ZWIFT could make your treadmill expertise a part of a wider digital group. That development is clearly going to proceed.

Watches at present have the ‘I’ve cracked my cranium alert’ and the ‘someone’s following me alert’. For sure demographics that type of performance will hopefully grow to be extra extensively accessible. Why not add an additional stage of locational intelligence right here to immediate the watch wearer “Hey…do you really want to run down THIS street at night”…ie there may very well be hyperlinks to police crime databases or different sorts of geographic databases offering different kinds of intelligence based mostly in your location.

I think one of the best ways to provide you with an thought on this realm is to see what apps exist already for smartphones and duplicate them…

Integration & Openness in a Linked World

There will likely be deeper integration of sports activities watches with their companion apps. Any sports activities service value its salt will likely be open to key sources of knowledge like Google FIT, Apple Well being, Strava and Garmin Join – and if the corporate can’t be bothered to try this then at the very least present Google Drive or Dropbox help.

It’s comparatively clear that HEALTH and exercise knowledge is changing into ever-more centralised in massive, open repositories (Google, Apple). These repositories clearly maintain some sports activities knowledge as nicely however will there ever be a time when Google/Apple is the primary place we port our sports activities knowledge to after which we use varied different platforms to feed the supply knowledge from Google/Apple for our analyses and social interactions? I used to assume that may occur however now I’m not so positive. STRAVA can be the obvious platform to develop right into a sports activities ‘data warehouse’ however they appear to be extra desirous about changing into the Fb of sports activities fairly than the Oracle of sport (Oracle made Knowledge Warehouses again within the day).

Mapping & Navigation

My most typical command to my automotive’s navigation is, verbally, “Navigate me home” and I need that to consider site visitors delays, which it does. Sports activities navigational tech tries to do a whole lot of REALLY intelligent navigation stuff however I think that a lot of what they’re attempting to do is for a tiny variety of folks. Not one of the sports activities watches can get me dwelling in the best way that I take advantage of my automotive/smartphone. Perhaps it’s simply me?

My subsequent most urgent navigation want is solely to comply with a route I’ve grabbed from someplace (say, Google maps) and, maybe, to navigate me again on monitor once I get misplaced.

Intelligent routing algorithms exist to get you there within the best, quickest and shortest methods. Yep, even elevation achieve can already be taken into consideration when a route is deliberate. This primary step to calculate wise routes is HARD to do nicely when all the opposite navigational ‘must-have’ options are additionally factored in eg totally different sorts of street surfaces on totally different grades of roads.

The bigger sports activities knowledge platforms even have the flexibility to route you over the preferred routes (Garmin, Google, Apple, Strava) and that finally depends on ‘people knowing best’ fairly than ‘tech knowing best’. For many routing experiences, I think that POPULARITY ROUTING is all we’d like. But it is a problem for somebody like, say, Hammerhead or Suunto to implement as I think they don’t have the quantity of knowledge that Garmin does. So that they finally must both pay for it from a third get together or supply a service based mostly on limited-popularity routing…an identical situation was with Google Maps’ satellite tv for pc pictures, which was free till Google began charging corporations to make use of it to serve to you. #BarriertoEntry.

“OK Garmin, navigate me home”…quickly.

Seamless Google Maps integration…perhaps

Processor Tech

A lot of the small print listed below are past my inclination to familiarize yourself with them.

Count on to see the elevated functionality of particular person chips. For instance, an OHR chip (Valencell) may additionally embrace an accelerometer and a elementary processor just like the Put on OS Snapdragon 3300 (2020/21) from Qualcomm might nicely boast GNSS functionality in addition to transferring Put on OS from 32bit to 64bit. Multi-purpose chips probably could make manufacturing simpler in addition to lowering energy consumption.

64 bit is quicker 😉


Climate sensors and connectivity to climate companies are typically already fairly good. I used to be lately impressed with the MyRadar app on WearOS which graphically reveals incoming climate fronts on a map on my watch. Attempt doing that on a Garmin display with no smartphone linked to the online.

I wish to see extra forecast data supplied across the wind. The wind pace/route is usually hidden away in a forecast. As a bicycle owner wind is usually as vital to me as rain…I attempt to keep away from excesses of each in equal measure. But if I’m on a STRAVA section day then the precise wind information could be fairly useful, perhaps I may even obtain a every day textual content/e mail/alert to alert me of beneficial, predicted wind circumstances on my starred segments. In fact, merchandise can already present forecasted wind AND ACTUAL wind eg from AeroPod


I suppose you’ll be able to already flip in your fridge while operating when you’ve got the fitting items of equipment and an IFTTT account. You are able to do a whole lot of belongings you don’t really want to with tech.

Novel Sensor Help

This requires the ‘novel sensor’ to exist. Thus we’re nonetheless ready for sporty, PRACTICAL hydration sensors, blood strain and blood glucose sensors to truly exist. Garmin can already hook up with them BTW…CIQ

Picture Recording

There’s in all probability a sports activities watch that may already take a photograph and share it to your STRAVA feed. Xplova built-in video recording to their bikenav just a few years in the past alongside an identical vein. It’s already technically potential, there simply must be the business will to match no matter demand exists.

The query right here is to what diploma imagery capturing must be built-in onto a small sports activities system fairly than being augmented as an alternative by the athlete carrying a secondary system (drone/GoPro). If I consider the 30 or so those who I frequently comply with on STRAVA (who I really know in actual life) then solely one in every of them provides the occasional picture to a journey.

Exercise Knowledge Requirements

I believe the FIT file format is now a de-facto customary, though communication between platforms might nicely use JSON or TCX. However you don’t must know that. You’d be stunned at what number of newly launched units (non-Garmin) produce FIT information with schema errors, you’d be stunned at what number of of these errors exist two years later. Or perhaps you wouldn’t.

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