Suunto has started rolling out a major software update for Suunto 7 and 9 Baro. The watches are also getting titanium versions.
Suunto 9 Baro software update and titanium edition
Suunto has announced a software refresh for Suunto 9 Baro that brings several new features. The download goes under the number 2.14.12.
The most noteworthy of all features is a navigation update provided by komoot. This also comes to all Spartan, Suunto 5, 7 and other iterations of 9. To remind, the last software refresh brought navigation by points of interest (POI). This works by saving target locations in the smartphone app, and then navigating towards them with your watch.
The koomot integration provides turn-by-turn navigation and alerts as you approach turns. You’ll also be able to plan a route on komoot’s desktop or mobile software. This should then appear in the “Routes” tab in the Suunto app when you sync. You’ll then be able to port it over to the watch via the app.
There’s also a new ‘Tour” battery mode for Suunto 9 that allows for a week of continuous GPS tracking. This essentially deactivates certain features and reduces backlighting and colors to a minimum.
Finally, Suunto is also releasing a Titanium version of Suunto 9 Baro. To remind, Baro already had a Titanium version, but this has received a facelift now. Certain features of the watch, such as the bezel, have been redesigned for 2021.
Another change is that the band on the new version is not made of silicone but of woven textile resistant to abrasion. All of this makes the 2021 version more snazzy looking and 14.1 grams lighter than basic Baro and 9.1 grams lighter compared to the old titanium.
Suunto 7 software update and titanium edition
Not to be left behind, Suunto 7 is also getting a bunch of new features. The only Suunto watch to be running Wear OS, some of the updates are pretty big.
In addition to turn-by-turn navigation by komoot, the timepiece is finally getting sleep tracking. This entails both the total duration and individual sleep stages. Better late than never, as they say.
Another addition is something called Body Resources. This sounds a lot like Garmin’s Body Battery. It combines info on sleep, daily activity and stress to let you know where you stand as far as body resources.
Next up we get daily heart rate. This shows your real-time heart rate and tracks it in minute intervals around the clock in the Suunto App. So not the WearOS standard of every 15 minutes. These features will effect battery life but probably nothing too dramatic.
We already covered the titanium edition in a separate article. The delivery date is listed as April 21st according to Amazon which already allows you to pre-order the watch. It comes with a $499 price-tag on Suunto’s website, so about $100 more than the regular iteration.
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