June 2018: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models. Replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit…more

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Suunto 9 Review

That was a 100mile MTB ride and a 13 mile run the next day…ouch. suunto 9.

The Suunto 3 Fitness, Fitbit Versa and Garmin Edge 130 are announced and available, with the Garmin Edge 520 Plus now being available to buy. The interesting Suunto 9 is now also fully public and available to buy.

The widely expected Garmins did not materialise in May but instead came in June and HERE THEY ARE Garmin FENIX 5 PLUS. Let’s get ready for some excitement with the music enabled Vivoactive 3M (announced!), the Forerunner (2)45M (we’re not sure if it’s the FR45 or FR245 or if the FR45 would be a well-featured watch).

▷ Garmin Fenix 5 Plus – Is it worth it ? Detailed Fenix 5S Plus Review Link

With the COROS now available, any other tri watch announcement looks set for Kona rather than imminently – there could well be two more this year. Polar news looks like it may be two case variants of the same watch that some people thought were two watches. Also there are further rumours of Polar moving to the middle ground. What does that mean for the V800 replacement?

 


Other interesting news comes from Google. It looks like they are going to start taking WearOS a little more seriously. They should be releasing a PIXEL branded smart watch ie the high-end Google sub-brand. There are also various talks and leaks about Samsung adding their weight to WearOS by producing a WearOS device. This might sound trivial but Samsung have a large market share and an appstore largely devoid of, err, apps. So WearOS could be a win for Samsung as WearOS does have apps…lots of them!. I can’t see it happening myself though.

I also think I’m right in saying that Samsung build their own smartwatch processor…what’s the big deal? Well, that’s what’s holding back the development of WearOS from a hardware perspective by Qualcomm (who supply current WearOS processors but need to supply a more powerful one). Also on the back of this LG seem to be planning a newer and greater WearOS device. LG MAY be classed as the current market-leader on WearOS.

Put that all together and WearOS might start to become more of a contender in the sporty space as well as; against Apple in particular. Or not…And don’t forget, Apple are ‘beefing’ up (ahem) the sport competency of their WatchOS 5.

The COROS Pace Multisport seems to be shipping on Amazon and at $300 comes in $50 less than the 735XT it looks like it is trying to copy. As far as I can tell it doesn’t even yet properly support external sensors. So have a click and a look but don’t buy it (yet) until I post the review in July.


This post will be continually updated. Hopefully June will see lots of reasons for me to edit it with the latest news.

Suunto 9 Review


This is my opinion of current & future devices across the GPS running/cycling market. Updates to this will be issued as and when information emerges which may include rumors, although please note that any information provided to me under NDA by manufacturers will not appear here. So there will be a few more surprises 😉 I have at least a reasonable level of confidence that watches predicted for the future are broadly correct – timings and functionality may NOT be what I expect. Please let me know of errors or omissions. At the end of the table is a brief discussion about current issues and potential future features. Thank you . Enjoy.

Garmin

Category Links to either a review, opinion article or your local Amazon Comments
Bike Edge 1000 Superseded
Bike Edge Explore Jul 2019’s smaller version of the Edge 1030. Most performance features removed. Good for navigation
Bike Edge 1030 Current, released along with podless Vector 3
Bike Edge 20, Edge 25 Entry level cycling computer
Bike Edge 130 Entry level cycling computer with very interesting specs. May 2018 announcement/release
Bike Edge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510 Effectively Discontinued
Bike Edge 520 Still a great cycling computer
Bike Edge 520 PLUS current. updated hardware capability (CIQ3) and software
Bike Edge 530 530 expected 2018, possibly very soon. Yes, even with the 520 plus announcement although rumours could have confused it with the 130
Bike Edge 800, 810 Effectively Discontinued
Bike Edge 820 Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
Bike Edge 830 Expected 2018, possibly very soon, although rumours could have confused it with the Edge Explore
Outdoors Epix Nice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
Outdoors Fenix, Fenix 2, Quatix Old
Outdoors Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variants Current, still great devices
Outdoors Fenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUS Refreshed model for Jun 2018 IMMINENT
Outdoors Fenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5x Garmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018. A plus version *IS* imminent.
Outdoors Tactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Descent MK1, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie ‘military’/hunting, diving, aviation variants of Fenix 5
Outdoors Fenix 6, Tactix Delta, D2 Delta, Descent MK2 Expected 2019, (Delta 2020)
Outdoors Fenix Chronos Quality innards. F5s firmware. Expensive.
Outdoors Fenix Chronos 2 Possible Q3.2018
Outdoors Fenix 2 / Fenix 1 Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
Run Forerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225 Effectively Discontinued
Run Forerunner 230 Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
Run Forerunner 235 Replacement due 2018. Good
Run Forerunner 235L Apr2018’s cut-down version for the Chinese market. Interesting
Run Forerunner 245 Expected Q3.2018
Run Forerunner 25 Entry level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 30 Entry level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 35 Entry level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 45 and 45M May/June 2018
Run Forerunner 610, Forerunner 620 Effectively Discontinued but good enough
Run Forerunner 630 Great device
Run Forerunner 645 and 645M Music and non-Music version announced. Q1.2018 aailability UK/USA
Run/Tri Forerunner 735XT Current, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer)
Run/Tri Forerunner 745XT Possible Q3.2018
Run Forerunner 910XT Great tri watch in its day, still good enough if you can find one
Run Forerunner 920XT Great tri watch…all you need really. Sometimes CHEAP
Run/Tri Forerunner 935 Top tri watch
Run/Tri Forerunner 945 or Forerunner 935 Plus 2019
Fitness Vivoactive Effectively Discontinued
Fitness Vivoactive 3 Current – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
Fitness Vivoactive 3 MUSIC, Vivoactive 3M VA3 with music. Q2.2018
Fitness Vivoactive HR Great device, effectively Vivoactive 2, replaced by Vivoactive 3
Fitness Vivofit 2, Vivofit 3, Vivofit 4 December 2017 supercedes VivoFit 3
Fitness Vivomove Dress watch, superseded September 2017
Fitness Vivomove HR Current Sept 2017

 

The rest:

 

 

 

 

Manufacturer Category Links to either a review, opinion article or your local Amazon Comments
adidas Run Smart Run Discontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Bip / Pace Current
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Pace 2 This is the STRATOS
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run/Tri Sports Smart Watch 2S (STRATOS) Current, Multisport 2018 watch. Option for a hard glass screen
Apple Fitness Watch Series 1 (Sport), Watch Series 2 w/Nike, Series 3 GPS+Cellular Current
Apple Fitness Watch Series 4 Sep-18, could be round format.
Bryton Bike RIDER 100, 310, 330, 530E, Rider 530 T Current
Bryton Bike RIDER numerous other models Effectively Discontinued
Casio Outdoors Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 Current, replacing WSD-F10. Will we see a WSD-F30 in 2018
CatEye Bike STEALTH 50, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Smart+ 2016 models are current
COROS Run/Tri Pace Multisport M1 Current, Garmin 735XT wannabe
Epson Run/Tri ProSense 17, ProSense 57, ProSense 307, ProSense 347 Discontinued
Epson Run/Tri SF-series discontinued, replaced by ProSense, in USA
Fitbit Fitness Blaze Replaced by Versa
Fitbit Fitness Charge Discontinued
Fitbit Fitness Charge 2 Current
Fitbit Fitness Versa Current SE version has Fit Pay payments
Fitbit Fitness Charge HR Discontinued
Fitbit Fitness Ionic Current, September 2017
Fitbit Fitness Ionic adidas Announced Feb 2018, has an adidas app
Fitbit Fitness Surge Superceded by Ionic
Fossil Fitness WearOS Puma-branded From 2019 to 2028
Geekery Outdoors IronCloud T1 IndieGoGo Campaign Q2/Q3.2018 look but don’t touch. Cheaper Fenix 5 wannabe.
Giant Bike NeosTrack Cycling Computer
Hammerhead Bike Karoo Cycling Computer, first units released in Feb 2018.
Huawei Fitness WearOS Fit, Watch 2 Sport WearOS and a good spec. Current (Watch 2 was 2017, Watch 3 maybe 2019) The Fit was effectively the “Watch 1 Sport”. A watch 2 2018 version is also expected as an incremental update.
Lezyne Bike Mini, Macro, Micro, Micro Watch, Super, Mega, Watch variants MEGA announced July 2018 @Eurobike
LG Fitness WearOS Watch Sport Current, apparently one of the better WearOS devices – certainly spec looks the best.
LG Fitness WearOS LM-W315 , LM-305, LM-W325, LM-W319, LM-W315 could be called ICONIC. With one of the other model being the ICONIC SPORT. LM-W319 Imminent June 2018
Google Fitness WearOS Pixel Smartwatch To be released in 2018 alongside new Pixel smartphone. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS version will be released as well.
MIO/Magellan Bike Cyclo 505HC + others Nice devices. The 505HC appears to now be discontinued and replaced with a slightly superior 605 HC (Q2.2017). Other models include 210, 205 HC, 200, 400, 405, 315 HC, 315. At least some available

Unsure of situation in USA with sister company MAGELLAN’s dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike products

Misfit Fitness WearOS Vapor WearOS. Current.
MiVia Fitness Run 350 2017 Firstbeat goodness, Versa look-alike
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch S 2017 WearOS 2.0 budget sport watch. Ticwatch E is cheaper and non-sport version. Ticwatch 2, Active and Classic are different
Moto Fitness WearOS 360 Sport – 2nd Gen/Sport Current
New Balance Fitness WearOS RunIQ WearOS. Current
Polar Bike V660 V650 refresh 2019/2020
Polar Run/Tri V810/V850/V900? V800 replacement said now to be later than the initial spring 2018 that was leaked. Don’t expect the obvious from Polar this year, including any of those names ie it WILL be called something else not what is written to the left 😉
Polar Fitness A370 A360 replacement with linked-GPS
Polar Run M200 Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019
Polar Run M400 Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
Polar Run M430 An optical M400, released
Polar Bike M450 Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
Polar Bike M460 M450 with STRAVA LIVE
Polar Run WearOS M600 Best WearOS sports watch for Android
Polar Bike V650 Bike Nav Cycling device, summer 2018 firmware refresh
Polar Run/Tri V800 Still a great multisport watch
Samsung Fitness Gear Sport Current (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Fit Plus could be the 2018 version of that)
Samsung Fitness Gear S4 SM-R800 for Q3.2018. Probably alongside a revamped Gear Sport, perhaps called Gear Sport 4 for consistency of naming? or could be Galaxy Fit.
Sigma Sport Bike Rox GPS 7.0, ROX GPS 10.0, Rox GPS 11.0, Rox 12.0 Sport Good feature set, current.

Rox 12.0 Sport June 2018 looks like a massive leap forwards for the company

Sony Fitness WearOS Smartwatch 3 SWR50 WearOS. Current
SoWatch Fitness SoWatch IndieGogo – Sports and other stuff
Pioneer Bike GPS Cycle Computer Cycling Computer
SRM Bike PowerControl 7 (PC7) Cycling Computer
SRM Bike PowerControl 8 (PC8) Cycling Computer
Stages Bike Dash (L10) Cycling Computer. cheap and well featured
Stages Bike Dash L50, M50 New models for release c Q3.2018.
Suunto Various Ambit 3 variants (Peak, run, Sport…) Still great devices. In many ways superior.
Suunto Various Ambit 4 The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement AMBIT3, at least in terms of looks.
Suunto Various Ambit/Ambit 2 Effectively Discontinued
Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Sport Current, OK to buy now
Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR) Current
Suunto Outdoors Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Current with more variants possibly in 2018
Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Trainer New outdoor variants in Jan 2018, further variants possibly in 2018
Suunto Outdoors SPARTAN Ultra Current, OK to buy now
Suunto Fitness Suunto 3 Fitness Current. GPS low-end model with interesting specs
Suunto Fitness Suunto 9 Current. High end Spartan ULTRA replacement
TomTom Outdoors Adventurer Still a great watch. But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down at least in US.
TomTom Run Runner 3, Spark 3 Still a great watch, also a CHEAP MUSIC version. But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down. Still firmware updatesd as of 8May2018
TomTom Run Spark, Runner, Runner 2 Effectively Discontinued, there was never a Spark 2
Wahoo fitness Bike ELEMNT A great cycling computer
Wahoo fitness Bike ELEMNT BOLT A great cycling computer
Wahoo fitness Bike + ? ELEMNT New ??? Speculation for Q3 2018/19. CEO/Chip is on record saying Wahoo are looking beyond cycling.
Wahoo fitness Bike ELEMNT MINI Cut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X3 2018…still waiting
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 Superseded by EVO
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 EVO Current, refreshed model
XS Fitness XS 4 Smartwatch Indiegogo – Watch, phone, everything.
  • There are many other low-priced brands, several of which are visual rip-offs of the main brands’ models.
  • Some low-priced brands include: PARNERME, UWEAR, GoLife, GooPhone, Reabeam, igSPORT

What have I missed? Are there others?

Note: information that has become available about accessories is NOT included (too many of them). There are also too many Power Meter variants for me to keep track of. I have more than a passing interest in PMs for triathlon disciplines but I don’t keep an eye on the whole market – the document I keep up-to-date on PM is my guide to the best power meter. I’m generally going to exclude bands, above, like the Vivokids v2 although some bands have sneaked in there already.

Recent Trends/Future Trends?: higher res colour screens; music (on watch and live-streamed thru eSIM/nano SIM); battery-duration innovation; <1m GPS accuracy Galileo – now confirmed in Garmin FORETREX and Edge 130; vendor apps/app store (eg Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay, Apple Pay, Ali Pay); WORKOUT DATA standards, openness and integration; mapping/navigation (on watch and thru eSIM); support for novel accessories & sensor data – environmental (weather), physiological (hydration, blood glucose) & spatial (radar); optical HR; deep smartphone integration (AW2, Apple); common firmware across numerous watch variants; simultaneous dual-band workout recording (ZWIFT+your main recording device with BLE); on-watch SIM card/eSIM (for live services like CRASH and WEATHER and FRIEND LOCATIONS).

Future Challenges: Music on watches has still not been properly addressed. You might cite TomTom 3, Apple Watch, Garmin Forerunner 645M/VA3M and WearOS as all including running with music capability but eventually someone needs to figure out how to properly support multiple streaming services. But just how exactly will streaming services be properly handled other than through on-watch SIM. And very few sports+music watches have an eSIM eg Apple, LG and Samsung.

Product Cycles: Some companies try to copy the Apple model of a new version each year. That’s needs a LOT of R&D to make plausible improvements. Furthermore, the arrival of material improvements in functionality can stagnate, as phone handset manufacturers are now finding. Garmin often have more plausible 2-3 year cycles for a replacement model. When a new base hardware model is announced (usually the higher spec one) there then follows various cut-down versions to make cheaper less able devices – they can have cheaper components &/or restricted firmware, whilst essentially otherwise being the same product.

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14 thoughts on “June 2018: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models. Replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit…more

  1. Where did you find the information that the Garmin Descent MK2 is expected in 2019. Do you have more information about that one?

  2. Where did you find the information that the Garmin Descent MK2 is excpected in 2019? Do you have more information about the MK2?

  3. Polar Vantage – full colour screens
    Vantage m
    Not touch screen £249 black or white

    Vantage v
    Gorilla glass
    Touch screen
    Black orange or white
    £439 with out strap £479 with strap

    New polar app – similar to Garmin app

    Available Late September

        • Hi
          My source was a store purchaser who was at a Polar product briefing.
          He told me that the two watches looked the same size.
          The medical level of Heart Rate is from the wrist – apparently its down to using a RED light to read the heart rate rather than the industry normal of green…
          As a registered nurse, all of our devices that record pulse via peripheral sensors are in deed red light source.(Pulse oximeters in the main)

          He is also a Polar fanboy – but did say that he was excited by these products…. Personally I am looking forward to the watch

          • Thanks for answering, nice info, Polish official retailers said only that v800 successor will be coming soon… I wonder if some pre sale will be avalible

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