Suunto is preparing to launch a new timepiece according to an FCC filing from today. Dubbed Suunto 9 Peak, it is an updated version of the Suunto 9 Baro.
It has been about a year since we last saw a new watch from the Finnish-based outfit. The Suunto 7 was showcased at CES 2020 and it was made official a couple of months later. In a bid to take on Garmin, the Wear OS device had the addition of offline maps, along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform. The latter was fairly new at the time.
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Going under model number OW194, the FCC documentation reveals the upcoming Suunto watch will be called Suunto 9 Peak. Obviously it is an updated version of the Suunto 9 Baro which was unveiled back in 2019. That one was a high-end sports watch with excellent battery life. Depending on settings, it can run anywhere up to 120 hours and that’s with GPS tracking switched on.
Suunto 9 Peak – what we know
The regulatory information gives us quite a bit of information on the upcoming device. There’s even a pic of the device that is featured on the “packaging label”.
Once again, we’re getting the intelligent battery modes of its predecessor. The 80 sports modes are still there along with the 100 meter water resistance and navigation functionality. The packaging also mentions weather functions with a built in barometer and stress and recovery information. Reading through this list, it’s not exactly clear what sets this device apart from the Suunto 9 Baro.
Some differences, however, can be picked up in design. While circular look, a sapphire glass face, bezel and two physical button look pretty much the same, the new watch uses a more pliable strap instead of the silicon variant.
The packaging also mentions an “ultra-thin” design. So perhaps Suunto has managed to shave a few millimeters off the body and made the watch even thinner.
No clue as to when Suunto 9 Peak will be made official. Considering the FCC filing, it should not be too long. There’s a three month confidentiality clause in the documentation which means we should be looking at a reveal before June.
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