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

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Hmmm. This has been a quieter month than I thought, although things are starting to hot up.

Withings has bought Withings (errr). It’s a long story and a slightly old one too. However after buying back Withings from Nokia, Withings are now releasing a sports watch. It does look as sweet as a watch can look but serious sports fans need only know that the connected GPS comes from your smartphone and not onboard on the watch itself. However Withings also have an interesting and more general HEALTH offering that includes the new watch(es) as well as a smart scale and HRM for under your mattress with IFTTT integration. Which is, sort of, one direction that the Apple Watch is heading. Bon Chance Withings.

Suunto seem to have snuck out a new Suunto 9 along with new firmware. Well they’d already released the Suunto 9 with Baro but then the Suunto 9 became the non-baro version. But now there is a Suunto 9 Baro. Got that? ? ? I’m still not sure I have. Caveat Emptor.

Garmin have failed to release any hardware in September which is strange. Maybe they didn’t want to spoil the launch of the Polar Vantage M & V. (Errrr….so that’ll be a Garmin release in October then perhaps also supporting Spotify!)

Talking of which. Polar released the Vantage M and Vantage V. The latter is the V800 replacement and the Vantage M  is, sort of, an extended M430. they both look pretty good to me as ‘proper’ sports/tri watches. They look POTENTIALLY GREAT as sports-focussed devices They don’t, and never will, have all the features of a Garmin and so a few people are grumbling that their favourite features are missing. It has a few super niche things that I’d like which are missing too, but I am staying in positive mode on the Polar Vantage and not grumbling at all yet. I like it. Everyone I show it to likes the looks of it. EVERYONE.

You’ve probably guessed that a rumoured new entrant into the sports watch market is not entering it this year. I’ll say no more.

However there is a supposedly super-secret new WearOS SPORTS watch of the Polar M600 kind.

*NEW* Sports Watch Not Announced (Yet)

Apple have released the Watch 4 running WearOS 5. I’ve not played with that yet but I guess when Apple say that it is not merely EVOLVED but rather TRANSFORMED, then that must be true. Anyway, both v4 versions are a bit bigger than v3. (Processor is more powerful than v3, thinner than v3, has an improved oHR, has a NEW EKG and Bluetooth v5 (NOT the v4.2 on the v3 Watch). Battery life is unchanged at 18 hours and there is still a cellular (LTE) version. Got that?

More interesting than the Apple announcement is the one from Huami. They are the makers of the cool and uber-featured STRATOS tri watch. Well now they have released the AMAZFIT VERGE. It is NOT a replacement for the AMAZFIT STRATOS. Instead it looks like a super smart watch that can also do fitness, NFC, GPS, etc. ie it’s targeted at the Apple watch…but significantly cheaper. It might have Asia-only availability at first.

Mobvoi E2

Mobvoi, the makers of the Ticwatch are also releasing a new watch. This one is the E2 and might run on the new Qualcom Snapdragon chip.

I reckon we will see another Suunto this side of Christmas. Perhaps an updated Spartan Trainer called the Suunto 5 would be the best bet, unless you knew better 😉

I have a new Mio Cyclo 210 for review and the MIO 605HC is being more actively launched now as well.

Please let me know of any others.

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

Coros Pace Review M1 Multisport


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

CategoryLinks to either a review, opinion article or your local AmazonComments
BikeEdge 1000Superseded
BikeEdge ExploreJul 2019’s smaller version of the Edge 1030. Most performance features removed. Good for navigation
BikeEdge 1030Current, released along with podless Vector 3
BikeEdge 20, Edge 25Entry level cycling computer
BikeEdge 130Entry level cycling computer with very interesting specs. May 2018 announcement/release
BikeEdge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510Effectively Discontinued
BikeEdge 520Still a great cycling computer
BikeEdge 520 PLUScurrent. updated hardware capability (CIQ3) and software
BikeEdge 530530 expected 2018, possibly very soon. Yes, even with the 520 plus announcement although rumours could have confused it with the 130. Failing that something in 2019.
BikeEdge 800, 810Effectively Discontinued
BikeEdge 820Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
BikeEdge 830Expected 2018, possibly very soon, although rumours could have confused it with the Edge Explore earlier in 2018 so more likey March 2019ish.
OutdoorsEpixNice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
OutdoorsFenix, Fenix 2, QuatixOld
OutdoorsFenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variantsCurrent, still great devices
OutdoorsFenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUSGarmin’s flagship model for 2018-2019. Notbaly updated Fenix 5 models. No update for the 935 yet) though.
OutdoorsFenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5xGarmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018. The Plus version is the one you want to buy.
OutdoorsTactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Descent MK1, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie‘military’/hunting, diving, aviation variants of Fenix 5
OutdoorsFenix 6, Tactix Delta, D2 Delta, Descent MK2Expected 2019, (Delta 2020)
OutdoorsFenix ChronosQuality innards. F5s firmware. Expensive.
OutdoorsFenix Chronos 2Possible Q4.2018
OutdoorsFenix 2 / Fenix 1Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
RunForerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225Effectively Discontinued
RunForerunner 230Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
RunForerunner 235Replacement due 2018. Good
RunForerunner 235LApr2018’s cut-down version for the Chinese market. Interesting
RunForerunner 245Expected Q4.2018-Q1.2019
RunForerunner 25Entry level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 30Entry level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 35Entry level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 45 and 45MMay/June 2018
RunForerunner 610, Forerunner 620Effectively Discontinued but good enough
RunForerunner 630Great device
RunForerunner 645 and 645MMusic and non-Music version  Q1.2018. Possibly 645-Triathlon or other variants to follow
Run/TriForerunner 735XTCurrent, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer)
Run/TriForerunner 745XTPossible Q4.2018
RunForerunner 910XTGreat tri watch in its day, still good enough if you can find one
RunForerunner 920XTGreat tri watch…all you need really. Sometimes CHEAP
Run/TriForerunner 935Top tri watch
Run/TriForerunner 945 or Forerunner 935 Plus2019, possibly Q4.2018
FitnessVivoactiveEffectively Discontinued
FitnessVivoactive 3Current – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
FitnessVivoactive 3 MUSIC, Vivoactive 3MVA3 with music. Q2.2018
FitnessVivoactive HRGreat device, effectively Vivoactive 2, replaced by Vivoactive 3
FitnessVivofit 2, Vivofit 3, Vivofit 4December 2017 supercedes VivoFit 3
FitnessVivomoveDress watch, superseded September 2017
FitnessVivomove HRCurrent Sept 2017

 

The rest:

 

ManufacturerCategoryLinks to either a review, opinion article or your local AmazonComments
adidasRunSmart RunDiscontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunBip / PaceCurrent
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunPace 2This is the STRATOS
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)FitnessVergeThis is the STRATOS
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Run/TriSports Smart Watch 2S (STRATOS)Current, Multisport 2018 watch. Option for a hard glass screen
AppleFitnessWatch Series 1 (Sport), Watch Series 2 w/Nike, Series 3 GPS+Cellular, Current
AppleFitnessWatch Series 4 w/NikeCurrent, runs on WatchOS5.
BrytonBikeRIDER 100, 310, 330, 530E, Rider 530 TCurrent
BrytonBikeRIDER numerous other modelsEffectively Discontinued
CasioOutdoors

WearOS

Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20Current, replaced by F30 announced Aug 2018
CasioOutdoors

WearOS

Pro Trek Smart WSD-F30Current, replacing WSD-F20.
CatEyeBikeSTEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Smart+2016 models are current
CorosRun/TriPace Multisport M1Current, Garmin 735XT wannabe
EpsonRun/TriProSense 17, ProSense 57, ProSense 307, ProSense 347Discontinued
EpsonRun/TriSF-seriesdiscontinued, replaced by ProSense, in USA
FitbitFitnessBlazeReplaced by Versa
FitbitFitnessCharge, Charge 2Discontinued
FitbitFitnessCharge 3Current
FitbitFitnessVersaCurrent SE version has Fit Pay payments
FitbitFitnessCharge HRDiscontinued
FitbitFitnessIonicCurrent, September 2017
FitbitFitnessIonic adidasAnnounced Feb 2018, has an adidas app
FitbitFitnessSurgeSuperceded by Ionic
FossilFitness WearOSPuma-brandedFrom 2019 to 2028
GeekeryOutdoorsIronCloud T1IndieGoGo Campaign Q2/Q3.2018 look but don’t touch. Cheaper Fenix 5 wannabe.
GiantBikeNeosTrackCycling Computer
HammerheadBikeKarooCycling Computer, first units released in Feb 2018.
HuaweiFitness WearOSFit, Watch 2 Sport, Watch GTWearOS and a good spec. Current (Watch 2 was 2017 with an incremental 2018 update) The Fit was effectively the “Watch 1 Sport”. Watch 3 could be the FORTUNA in October 2018 but more likely we will see FORTUNA and a sporty “Watch GT” – these are effectively both the Watch 3.
LezyneBikeMini, Macro, Micro, Micro Watch, Super, Mega, Watch variantsMEGA announced July 2018 @Eurobike
LGFitness WearOSWatch SportCurrent, apparently one of the better WearOS devices – certainly spec looks the best. Watch2 has seen e-sim in china only
LGFitness WearOSLM-W315 , LM-305, LM-W325, LM-W319,LM-W315 could be called ICONIC. With one of the other models being the ICONIC SPORT. LM-W319 could be as soon as Sep 2018 (likely this is now the W7 which is a non-sports hybrid.) but a Watch3 derivative will be 2019.
GoogleFitness WearOSPixel SmartwatchTo be released in 2019. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS version will be released as well.
MIO/MagellanBikeCyclo 605, 505HC+ othersNice devices. The 505HC appears to now be discontinued and replaced with a slightly superior 605HC (Q2.2017). Other models include Cyclo 210 (re-announced Aug2018?), 400, 405, 405HC

Unsure of situation in USA with sister company MAGELLAN. Who have dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike products

MisfitFitness WearOSVaporWearOS. Current.
MiViaFitnessRun 3502017 Firstbeat goodness, Versa look-alike
MobvoiFitnessTicwatch 2 aka Ticwatch Active2017 budget sport watch with GPS & Music
MobvoiFitnessE22018 budget sport watch with GPS & Music
MobvoiFitness WearOSTicwatch S2017 WearOS 2.0 budget sport watch. Ticwatch E is cheaper and non-sport version. Ticwatch 2, Active and Classic are different – not WearOS
MobvoiFitness WearOSTicwatch ProWearOS 2.0
MysteryFitness WearOSNew EntrantWearOS 2.0, Q4.2018 at earliest. Maybe a longer term project for 2019
MotoFitness WearOS360 Sport – 2nd Gen/SportCurrent
New BalanceFitness WearOSRunIQWearOS. Current
PolarBikeV660V650 refresh 2019/2020
PolarRun/TriVantage VV800 replacement
PolarRun/TriVantage MMore run-focussed than the V model and a bit more than the M430.
PolarFitnessA370A360 replacement with linked-GPS
PolarRunM200Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019
PolarRunM400Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
PolarRunM430An optical M400, released
PolarBikeM450Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
PolarBikeM460M450 with STRAVA LIVE
PolarRun WearOSM600Best WearOS sports watch for Android
PolarBikeV650Bike Nav Cycling device, summer 2018 firmware refresh
PolarRun/TriV800Still a great multisport watch
SamsungFitnessGear SportCurrent (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Fit Plus could be the 2018 version of that)
SamsungFitnessGear S4SM-R800 for Q4.2018. Probably alongside a revamped Gear Sport, perhaps called Gear Sport 4 for consistency of naming? or could be Galaxy Fit.
Sigma SportBikeRox GPS 7.0, ROX GPS 10.0, Rox GPS 11.0, Rox 12.0 SportGood feature set, current.

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

SonyFitness WearOSSmartwatch 3 SWR50WearOS. Current
SoWatchFitnessSoWatchIndieGogo – Sports and other stuff
SkagenFitness WearOSFalster 2With GPS added, this now counts as a sports watch. It aims to be seen as the prettiest.
PioneerBikeCA600Cycling Computer
SRMBikePowerControl 7 (PC7)Cycling Computer
SRMBikePowerControl 8 (PC8)Cycling Computer
StagesBikeDash (L10)Cycling Computer. cheap and well featured
StagesBikeDash L50, M50New models for release c Q4.2018.
SuuntoVariousAmbit 3 variants (Peak, run, Sport…)Still great devices. In many ways superior.
SuuntoVariousAmbit 4The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement to the AMBIT3, at least in terms of looks.
SuuntoVariousAmbit/Ambit 2Effectively Discontinued
SuuntoRun/TriSPARTAN SportCurrent, OK to buy now
SuuntoRun/TriSPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Current
SuuntoOutdoorsSpartan Sport Wrist HR BaroCurrent with more variants possibly in 2018
SuuntoRun/TriSPARTAN TrainerNew outdoor variants in Jan 2018, further variants possibly in 2018
SuuntoOutdoorsSPARTAN UltraCurrent, OK to buy now. Suunto 9 is effective replacement
SuuntoFitnessSuunto 3 FitnessCurrent. Low-end model with interesting specs. GPS only from paired and carried smartphone.
SuuntoFitnessSuunto 9Current. High end Spartan ULTRA replacement
TomTomOutdoorsAdventurerStill a great watch. But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down at least in US.
TomTomRunRunner 3, Spark 3Still 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
TomTomRunSpark, Runner, Runner 2Effectively Discontinued, there was never a Spark 2
Wahoo fitnessBikeELEMNTA great cycling computer
Wahoo fitnessBikeELEMNT BOLTA great cycling computer
Wahoo fitnessBike + ?ELEMNT New??? Speculation for Q3 2018/19. CEO/Chip is on record saying Wahoo are looking beyond cycling. Could be a swim watch, who knows?
Wahoo fitnessBikeELEMNT MINICut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX32018…still waiting
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX5Superseded by EVO
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX5 EVOCurrent, refreshed model
XSFitnessXS 4 SmartwatchIndiegogo – 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/F5SPlus 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 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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Hi. Perhaps the hint about the capabilities of battery life expected in the upcoming WearOS watches could come of the new Huawei called FORTUNA?: http://www.slashleaks.com/l/huawei-watch-fortuna-promo-material-leaked http://www.slashleaks.com/wp-content/uploads/huawei_mega_leak_24.jpg http://www.slashleaks.com/wp-content/uploads/huawei_mega_leak_23.jpg It’s interesting because in the future, other manufacturers can improve it more with better gps chips, displays, etc. I would like to know what kind of display it’ll have. Becouse if it’s amoled instead of transflective, I can imagine a future Amazfit Stratos 3 with 40 gps in high precision or next Polar M630… and more with low one. Not sure if Huawei will add several gps precision modes but being WearOS and it’s flexibility even i could develop my own running app optimizing it as a base service. As sport watches are adding smartwatch features, it seems that smartwatches manufacturers are counterattacking just by adding advanced sport functions each time. And an open SO plus programming environment with greater possibilities to develop may end up being better if the community contributes in the long run … It will be very interesting how this contest ends within a few years. Surely we will benefit from more alternatives to choose and less abusive prices in certain models ; ) It’s rumored that LG could… Read more »