Finish-based Suunto has announced today Suunto 5. The device fits a host of functions in a compact body and it won’t have you worried about battery life.
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This is a GPS sports watch that comes with a lightweight water-resistant casing (5 ATM) comfortable enough for 24/7 use. Suunto says the timepiece has been built and tested in the harshest of Nordic conditions. It packs a stainless steel body, mineral crystal 46mm glass and glass fibre reinforced polycarbonate case. The 22mm strap is made of soft silicone.
With over 80 sports modes to choose from and the option to customize your own in the accompanying smartphone app, this is a fully featured GPS running and triathlon watch. The device essentially packs Suunto 9 specs – minus the compass and barometric altimeter – into a smaller body. Its direct rivals include other mid-range devices such as the Garmin Forerunner 245 and Polar Vantage M.
The slim body means battery capacity is lower than on Suunto 9, although it’s no slouch. In time mode Suunto 5 will run up to 2 weeks, a week with 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications and 20 hours with GPS switched on (or 40 hours depending on GPS mode chosen). The watch will even learn your habits and remind you to charge it, so you never need to worry it will run out of juice.
You’ll get a few Firstbeat performance metrics including Vo2Max Fitness Level, Personalized Cardio Training Plans and Body Resources. Adaptive training plans based on goals mean the thing will tell you to rest if you’re pushing too hard or give you a nudge if you aren’t doing enough.
Navigation features includes heatmap tracks from Suunto’s platform and altitude profiles. The sports watch also doubles as a 24/7 activity spitting out info on steps, calories stress, sleep and 24/7 info on heart rate.
The reasonably priced $329 Suunto 5 is available for pre-order on Suunto.com. Other retailers should follow on June 4th. You are able to choose between four iterations including black, white, burgundy copper and graphite copper.
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