Suunto has announced its first WearOS outdoor watch, the Suunto 7. The company is looking to take on Garmin with the addition of offline maps and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform.
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The stream of press releases at CES 2020 is steadily flowing now. Suunto is at the gathering showcasing its latest wrist-worn gadget.
Suunto 7 is a multi-sport device that will have you covered no matter how you choose to keep fit. It has more than 70 built-in exercise modes including running, cycling, skiing, surfing and everything in between. There’s built-in GPS and the usual fitness sensors such as heart rate, sleep tracking and barometer for elevation readings.
Most interestingly, the company has jumped on the Google WearOS bandwagon with this watch. Users will therefore have access to Google Fit, Google Assistant, turn-by-turn Google Map navigation and a wealth of apps from Google Play.
It also has full-color, outdoor maps that work even when a user leaves his phone behind or there’s no network connection. These feature Suunto Heatmaps across 15 different activities.
The rugged, water-resistant (5 ATM) timepiece runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip. It has an 1.97-inch OLED touch-sensitive display inside a rather large 50mm body that weights 70 grams. Smart functionality includes contactless payments through Google Pay, smartphone notifications, music controls and more.
As you’d expect from a WearOS device, battery life is not really something to write home about. Users will get up to 48 hours in daily use which is actually not bad for a watch that runs on Google’s platform. With GPS switched on this falls to roughly 12 hours.
“The Suunto 7, based on our advanced Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, is the first smartwatch to deploy the dedicated Sports experience mode with up to 12 hours with continuous GPS tracking or up to 48 hours in daily use enabled by our platform,” said Pankaj Kedia, head of Qualcomm Wearables.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with Suunto to combine the best of sports, style, and smarts in this powerful smartwatch designed for both the extreme and casual athletes.”
With some decent specs under the hood, this seems to be a step in the right direction from the Finnish-based outfit. Suunto may very well get a larger audience than before with its first WearOS offering.
The outdoorsy watch will be available at the end of this month for $499.99. You can pre-order it now at www.suunto.com.
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