Polar has announced that Grit X and Vantage V2 sports watches will get a bunch of new features by the end of 2021.
We saw the unveiling of Polar Vantage M2 and Ignite 2 earlier today. The duo brings some iterative upgrades over their predecessors including design enhancements and additional functionality.
It is these new features that will make their way over to Polar’s high-end sports watches in a few months time via a firmware update. Nothing has been announced yet for older watches at this stage, we’re afraid.
Polar HR Sensor Mode, music control and more
The new functionality includes something that is known as HR Sensor Mode. This is coming to both Grit X and Vantage V2.
We’ve seen HR Sensor Mode on some of Polar’s heart rate straps such as the H10 and the A370 watch. Basically it allows devices with optical heart rate sensors to broadcast readings. These can then be picked up by, for example, connected gym equipment and third-party smartphone apps.
In addition to this, Grit X owners can also look forward to Weekly Summary data and the ability to create training targets based on power in Polar Flow. The smartphone app will also allow adding ZonePointer for power and speed zones, add last lap details training views and a few other features.
Some more general functionality for Grit X owners comes in the form of a “Your name” watch face. They’ll also be able to silence phone calls from the wrist and there will be a better quick settings menu. More importantly music controls will be added, something that many will appreciate.
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The best way to get informed when updates are available for download is to keep an eye on our website. Or you can register for the Polar newsletter which will probably beat us to the punch.
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