Xmas Edition: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumours of replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit…more

V2.056 – 04 December 2018

Hammerhead Karoo Review bikenav navigationThis post is regularly updated before being replaced, periodically, with a new one that contains a refreshed, more pertinent introduction & commentary. This post is intended to give you an idea of which GPS Bike and Run sports devices are available. My personal interest is speculating about new models and replacement models. Obviously this site reviews and discusses some of these devices in detail and also speculates about some potential devices in detail as well.

Recent New Stuff

The full list of ‘everything’ is further below, here are some recent headlines (there are other leaks further down in the table and listed by manufacturer)

  • TOPRUMOUR: Vivoactive 4 PLUS Music…CES2019
  • NOW SELLING: Amazfit Verge
  • ANNOUNCED: WearOS Sports watches. Fossil, MontBlanc
  • ANNOUNCED: Mont Blanc Summit..(sporty!)
  • ANNOUNCED: Huawei Honor Magic (sporty)
  • ANNOUNCED: Withings Sports watch
  • ANNOUNCED: Huawei Watch GT
  • ANOUNCED: Misfit Vapor 2
  • RELEASED: COROS APEX, in review (42mm, 46mm)

Mio Cyclo 210 ReviewMonthly Commentary

Time is running out to announce those Christmas best-sellers. Don’t expect any new bike computers until the new year unless some unsuspecting manufacturer doesn’t realise that these things sell in the run up to the warmer weather. So, instead, we’re most likely to SOON see smart fitness watches (a huge market) and running watches.

November might also see a new Garmin announced simply to annoy Polar who will start to sell the Vantage later in October. This could just be a disruptive announcement of a watch to be available in 2019 (eg Forerunner 945) without any registration at the FCC.

Garmin recently announced the expansion of their music providers to include Spotify and we should see more NEW Garmin devices that can support that over time across many price categories. This is a very significant announcement that will hack-off other companies who wanted Spotify on board – but not WearOS as that is now supported too. But it also marks the start of device makers starting to support multiple streaming providers. Let’s face it – that’s what us customers are likely to want. So “NICE JOB GARMIN”…now get Google Play Music on board too 😉

There are not far off 10 new AERO sensors for bikes that are bubbling under the radar and some are about to be released. There are no big secrets there per se but this new tech will be SUPER interesting to even vaguely competitive cyclists/triathletes as well as those who just have too much cash to splash on great tech. One interest for me in this area is just how we are going to be able to use this data interactively WHILST CYCLING and then if this will spur further changes in bike head units.

Please let me know of any others.

All the latest speculation and leaks along with comments on current products are here: >> FORUM <<


 

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 ExploreCurrent: Jul 2018’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
BikeEdge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510Effectively Discontinued
BikeEdge 520Still a great cycling computer
BikeEdge 520 PLUScurrent. updated hardware capability (CIQ3) and software
BikeEdge 530530 Q1.2018.
BikeEdge 800, 810Effectively Discontinued
BikeEdge 820Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
BikeEdge 830Expected 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. Caveat Emptor. The Plus version is the one you want to buy.
OutdoorsInstinctOct 2018 A cut-down outdoors-focussed Fenix
OutdoorsInstinct 2Due 2020
OutdoorsTactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Descent MK1, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie, Quatix‘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 22019, if ever
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.
RunForerunner 245Expected Q4.2018-Q2.2019
RunForerunner 25Entry level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 30Entry level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 35Entry level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 45 and 45MQ4.2018 overdue !
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 735XT (or 645 tri)Current, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer)
Run/TriForerunner 745XT2019
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 Plus or 645 tri2019,  CES
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

 

 

 

ManufacturerCategoryLinks to either a review, opinion article or your local AmazonComments
adidasRunSmart RunDiscontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunBip / Pace / Bip LiteCurrent
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunPace 2This is the Smartwatch 2 (Chinese) or Pace 2 (Chinese), 2S is sapphire model. Replaces A1602 Smartwatch (Chinese) and A1612 Pace (Intl)
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)FitnessVergeCurrent model A1811, as over 1 Dec 2018 now selling in USA
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Run/TriSTRATOSCurrent, Multisport 2018 watch.  Intl version
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, 410, 450h, 530E, Rider 530 TCurrent, 450E is top model @<$200 with all functions even 310 @<$150 supports a PM
BrytonBikeRIDER numerous other modelsEffectively Discontinued
CasioOutdoors

WearOS

Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20Current, replaced by F20/F30 announced Aug 2018
CasioOutdoors

WearOS

Pro Trek Smart WSD-F30(Jan 2019, replacing WSD-F20.
CatEyeBikeSTEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Smart+2016 models are current
COROSRun/TriPace Pace Multisport M1Current, Garmin 735XT lookalike
COROSRun/TriPace Apex MultisportCurrent Oct 2018. Appears a modified and extended PACE but is different.
EpsonRun/TriProSense 17, ProSense 57, ProSense 307, ProSense 347Discontinued
EpsonRun/TriSF-seriesDiscontinued
FossilFitness WearOSSportNovember 2018
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” (GT is non WearOS) – these are effectively both the Watch 3.
HuaweiFitness WearOSHonor MagicWearOS and a good spec, November 2018
HuaweiFitnessProject TalosImminent (Q4.2018)
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.
Mont BlancFitness WearOSSummit 2Announced – several quite advanced sporty features
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. Replaced by Vapor 2
MisfitFitness WearOSVapor 2WearOS. 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. Might get a refresh but fine as -is
PolarRun/TriV800Still a great multisport watch, replaced by Vantage V & Vantage M
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 updates 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? It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a new ELEMNT with improved screen+hardware
Wahoo fitnessBikeELEMNT MINICut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX3 EVOCurrent
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?: The big trend is ‘not here guv’….the smart money is now in MEDICAL-WEARABLE tech rather than sports wearable tech. Otherwise there will still be innovation in 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 mostly for cyclists and STREAMED MUSIC for runners); smart home integration/Internet of Things integration; integration of video recording onto Bike computers.

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, live streaming services (albeit with only one active). But just how exactly will live 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 – but their vast range of products keeps the marketing deparment continually busy. When Garmin announce a new hardware ‘base’ (usually the highest 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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The new Baby of Garmin, Instinct™, $299.99:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/621802

Is that watch the mysterious Garmin of the FCC certification?

Dcrainmaker already made a review.

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Re “it looks like the Tomtom Sports division is being closed down”: From what I read on the Tomtom user forum the last time I visited it (about a couple of weeks or so ago) it ALREADY HAS been closed down. Word was that the staff had been laid off and all production had ceased, to the extent that people are now unable to get replacement straps when they break.

I can attest that there is still a semblance of tech support in that someone will answer if you contact them, but response is laggy and after an exchange stretching over a full month they were still unable to find a fix for the issue I’m having (Android app refusing to pass synced watch data through to my Sports account). Effectively, as one of the power users on the user forum said, “the watch is dead”.

My unit is still working fine and the hardware (GPS and WHR) is as good as ever, but if you run into issues, expect to be on your own — and expect to invest in a new watch the moment the strap breaks!