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Ok guys and girls. No-one has yet guessed the two watches from this post earlier in the week. Tut. Tut. Must try harder.
Essential Reading: **Initial Thoughts & Specs – Polar M600**
Essential Reading: Polar M600 – Opinion
However Polar have not left us without SOME EXTRA interest this week with their tantalising image above as well as the exciting new Polar H7i HRM. You can ‘join the movement’ to be ‘kept posted’ about the M??? at http://nowyoucan.polar.com.
This teaser seems a very similar look and feel to last year’s rather elegant teaser, below.
The A360 was a competent little beast (I liked it FWIW).
However today’s teaser has a whiff of Android about it. A whiff of the M-series revitalisation. Yet it’s apparently coming in at above US$300, so it must be a significant beast.
I have a suspicion (I don’t know) that it might be rivalling the Garmin Vivomove STYLE-WATCH. Whilst that looked nice enough I doubted Garmin had the right sales/marketing channels for it. Same would apply to Polar. Surely Polar wouldn’t go down that route, despite the market potential? I suspect that would be a mistake.
If it is a Polar M-something then that would imply a decent sports device, right? eg like the existing M400 (run) and M450 (bike). It’s more likely a super-improved-run watch but it could be what we have been speculating as the V900 and be a tri-watch (ta da!!). It is rumoured to be fully waterproof and whilst that obviously helps a running watch it’s a pretty fundamental feature for a tri-watch. Although at the rumoured price point it might be too low a price for a tri watch (compared to the market) unless it’s going for a populist market like the Garmin 735XT. A populist model would make financial sense for Polar.
If it is an improved running watch then optical HR is likely if it is a tri watch then less likely. Especially as we have a new H7i band to support a tri watch. However there are rumours of a SUPER-LED OPTICAL SENSOR. Double the array size of every other existing device, presumably with increased accuracy following on. Is it true? Not sure (good chance)
The metal band in the teased image looks a bit like the band from the existing V800 tri watch (and the A360). Maybe a similar form factor to that for an improved M400 running watch just with the better colour screens as first released in the A360?
Yet if as, @lustyd suggests (source of this info), this is Android Wear then Polar have headed off in a potentially VERY interesting new direction. By coincidence, here is something I wrote about androidwear a couple of days ago.
So is this a Garmin 630 rival? A Garmin 735Xt killer? or a Suunto Spartan Sport Rival? Or an innovative Android Wear running watch?
Surely Polar would have to put in a lot of effort to getting their first androidwear device to work. Surely therefore more are planned? Is this or the next one going to be the first androidwear tri watch? Interesting tech times.
I’ve just realised. I’ve fallen for the Polar teaser campaign big time. Oh dear 🙂