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Coros PACE 2 is a lightweight watch for track and road runners

Smart helmet maker Coros has just released Pace 2. The company claims it is the most lightweight smartwatch on the market.

To remind, the first generation device was launched about two years ago. Designed for triathletes, the original watch has a heart rate monitor (that works in and out of water), barometric altimeter for measuring elevation, compass, accelerometer and gyroscope under the hood.

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All in all it was a a solid first effort that received excellent reviews from the Amazon community. In essence, the timepiece sits somewhere between a high-end sports watch and the likes of Fitbit Versa or Garmin Vivoactive 4.

But Coros is back now for round two. We knew Pace 2 was coming due to its Bluetooth certification in April. This came from Bluetooth SIG, the body that oversees the development and licensing of such technologies.

Coros Pace 2 technical specifications

Pace 2 measures 42 × 42 × 11.7mm so is 4mm smaller than the original. Its claim to fame is that it weights only 29.7 grams with the 22mm nylon band. This, Coros says, makes it the lightest smartwatch in the world. With the silicone band the weight climbs to a still lightweight 35.7 grams.

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The 64 colors display measures 1.2 inches and has a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. This is a Memory LCD type screen which is protected by Corning Glass.

The list of sensors includes an optical heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and thermometer. So no groundbreaking tech onboard but all the essentials are there including GPS / GLONASS / BEIDOU (GALILEO via future firmware update).

There’s also 64MB of storage under the hood which is four times more than previously. What’s more, Coros says the latest model comes with a processor that is one and a half times as powerful.

Pace 2 has a 5 ATM water-resistance rating making it a true 24/7 fitness wearable. The design has been streamlined so instead of 4 buttons, it now has a single physical button and a digital dial.

With normal use, the battery will keep everything going for an awesome 20 days. Standby time is twice as much while in GPS mode it is good for 30 hours and in UltraMax mode for 60 hours. It takes only 2 hours to charge from zero to full.

Interestingly, the watch has support for both ANT+ and Bluetooth. This combination allows it to connect to a wide selection of external gear including speed sensors, cadence sensors, heart rate monitors and power meters.

Pace 2 is not the only GPS watch from Coros. In the past couple of years the outfit has added the VERTIX and APEX range to its offering. The first is an extremely rugged GPS watch designed for explorers and adventurers. APEX and APEX Pro are meant for runners and those into multi-sports.

The latest offering from Coros might pique the interest of track and road runners due to its lightweight design and combination of features. It is competitively priced when you take into consideration the specs. You’ll need to pay $199.99 when it becomes available on September 4th.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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