A number of different sources point to a soonish launch of two new Polar Smartwatches – the Vantage V Pro Multisport watch and Vantage M GPS watch. These will be updates to the V800 and M430, respectively.
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We even have the first images of the devices. They have been leaked by Westernbike.com, although the shop has removed the watches from their site now.
To add credence to the rumours, Polar has registered the two names with Trademarkia: Vantage V und Vantage M. The company has also secured the corresponding website domain name http://www.polarvantage.com. Right now, the website links to polar.com.
Little is known on the actual specs. What can be gleaned from the images is that both watches sport a round shape and come with a colour screen. They should have identical dimensions and 5 physical buttons (2 on the left and 3 on the right), but different functions. Hence the hefty price difference.
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Vantage V and Vantage M are expected to come with very accurate optical HR measurement. It is rumoured the technology will use red in addition to green LEDs (possibly infrared), which provides for better “fluoroscopy”. This may also allow for continuous oxygen saturation measurement. Pictures also show 4 metallic round items but it is not yet clear what this would be used for. Possibly for other functions that will make the watch stand out from the crowd.
The other upgrade comes in the form of a boost to battery life. Supposedly, the watches will have up to 40 hours of run-time with GPS switched on. Finally, it is also possible Polar will replace its Flow platform with something more reminiscent of Garmin Connect. Its worth pointing out, none of this has been confirmed by Polar yet.
The more expensive ($499) Polar Vantage V will most likely come in 3 colours – black, white and orange. It will have a touch enabled Gorilla Glass colour display. The Polar Vantage M ($279) comes with a non-touch colour display and a choice between black, red and white versions.
We thought the IFA in Berlin would be a great platform for launch, but the official unveiling is expected to take place at the Berlin Marathon 16th September or perhaps later in the month. Some sources say the first watches should be made available on September 29th.
To add to the hype Polar has published a teaser video on their website. They’ve also added a page where you can register to be the first to hear the news.
Sources: Appelmoessite, The Andy Athlete, GPSrumours, Carina is running, Gadfit, Smartwatchzone.net, Polar
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