2022: Sports Watch Update: All new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumors + replacement dates for Garmin, Apple, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Samsung, Fitbit, Whoop

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Sports Watch Update 2022

V2.380 – 7 April 2022

This frequently refreshed & super-detailed post shows which GPS Run, Bike and Triathlon sports devices are rumoured to be pending release, available NOW, discontinued or which are due to be superseded.

Elsewhere on the site, there are detailed opinions about specific models, future devices and sports tech trends. Oh! and LOTS of detailed hands-on reviews on virtually all of the key run/tri watches and bike computers that you can BUY NOW.

If you are here for the first time and interested in ‘future sports devices & feature sports tech developments‘ then this entire post and another discussing the future of individual features (also linked at the end) will be of interest. Please note that some info is based on ‘quality leaks’ and some on part-substantiated rumours and the extrapolation of past product release cycles, wider technological changes & their availability. Most of these new product predictions will happen but the precise timing will differ.

Garmin Fenix 7 Review ☀️ Hype? Or Best Ever? Solar too

Recent Highlights and the INBOUND Queue

2021 had a good start with many sports tech devices released. It soon became apparent that even the likes of Apple and Garmin had supply chain issues. Add to that R&D delays caused by remote working or Covid-related staff absentees then the products are simply not there to be released in anything like the numbers that were expected at the start of 2021. To cut a very long story short, hopes for new tech are pushed to January 2022 and, in many cases, it will be even later

The full list of everything, past & future is towards the end of this post.

The general trend is one of the iterative releases of bike computers and sports/fitness watches where technical components are updated and, usually, one major new software feature is introduced at the same time as the new sports device.

Here are headlines from recent months and likely headlines for the months to come:

 

Monthly Commentary

H2.2021 was quieter than hoped for. No new Fitbits. No new Garmin sports watches and even Apple struggled to get Watch 7 on the shelves. Nothing new will now be released until January and then we can expect a bumper year of new sports tech, providing Omicron Covid doesn’t further skew supply chains.

garmin venu 2 pro question

 

Garmin Running & Triathlon Tech for 2022

If you analyse previous release cycles, a LOT of Garmin products were due for a refresh in 2021.

Good intel says that Garmin were ready to release new products in the run up to Christmas 2021 but were hit by chip shortages

There are realistic chances of Garmin releasing a new version of just about any of their existing models. Clearly they won’t all happen. Nevertheless, my STRONG SUSPICION is that 2022 will be a MASSIVE year for new models from Garmin. If  you hope for a new watch or bike computer every month for the first 6 months then you might just get that.

The big move for high-end running tech in 2022 will, for sure, be AMOLED. We will very soon see an AMOLED Fenix, called Epix.

Instinct 2will emerge in February with a small option as well. New components will take the back seat to unlimited (+Solar) battery life and CIQ compatibility for the first time.

The Forerunner 955 absolutely already exists and will come in 2022 but not until at least the spring and maybe as late as Q3.

The Venu SQ and Venu 2/2-Plus signal Garmin’s continued intent to take the smartwatch market seriously and Garmin Lily backs that point up further by attacking the small-wristed, mostly-female market squarely. These markets are incredibly competitive and Garmin’s sporting edge over the competition is eroded bit by bit each year. Apple obviously has a stranglehold on the iOS market for smartwatches and Google/Fitbit may make Garmin’s job ever-harder in the Android space as Wear OS grows in 2022. Nevertheless, Garmin will roll the Vivoactive 5 dice one more time which could be a make-or-break time for Garmin. A failure to further progress market share against Apple/Fitbit and Samsung in the pure-smart space would mark a slow, long-term turning point for their fortunes.

For all new higher-end iterations from Garmin in 2022 expect to see LTE as an option, perhaps even in the high-end bike computer formats like Edge 1040  😉

Garmin has just about refreshed all their accessories to include BLE and ANT+ support. The most glaring omission is the footpod. Whilst I would like to see a direct STRYD-competitor, it’s more likely that Garmin will introduce wrist-based and PERHAPS also a new iteration of the RD-POD

 

Suunto, Polar, Wahoo, Coros & Other Sport-focussed GPS Watches

I don’t expect anything excitingly new here in the entirety of 2022 unless either Suunto or Polar goes deeper with Wear OS, which is unlikely in the latter’s case.

Coros will most likely iterate the Apex/Apex Pro which is a well-made Venu/Vivoactive competitor but lacking in smarts and trying to compete as a finely made and more sporty version in a crowded part of the market.

Polar has iterated almost all their range except the Unite. That one next but then what?

For Suunto, the next ‘obvious’ new watch is the Suunto 7 gen 2 (Wear OS) which would be the only possibility of a game-changer. Suunto has just iterated Suunto 5 to the 5 Peak. We also saw with Suunto 9 PEAK that Suunto is also considering a variety of case/screen sizes as well as new quality case materials to augment their usual approach that lets buyers customise their watch.

The Wahoo Rival competes against the V2/935/945 as a true sports watch. I could possibly see a refreshed Gen 2 model in late 2022 but far more likely is a continuous improvement in the features of the existing RIVAL (starting soon!).

The sporty-smart-fitness watches then sit as uneasy bedfellows at the low/mid-price points, all trying to differentiate themselves from the out-and-out smartwatches made by the smartphone manufacturers (Samsung, Apple, etc). The main differentiator of these products seems to be their claimed sportiness/healthiness. Ultimately an app or two on an Apple Watch will do the same job(s) and therein lies the long-term fate of companies like Polar & Garmin.

However, even early intel about Apple’s Watch 8 suggests no changes to the new 41mm/45mm case formats but rather progress with new health-related sensors and sleep metrics (heard that before?). This means a focus on general health and wellness and NOT on becoming more competitive with more serious sports watches. Sure, the Apple Fitness+subscription service will improve but I suspect that the rumoured Watch competitor to the Fenix was simply a MASSIVE over-exaggeration of the slightly more rugged and dust-proof Watch 7 that we’ve already seen.

 

Apple Watch Series 7 ecg ekg

 

2022 sees these brands & products at an interesting juncture.

  • Polar has thrown the refresh dice for 2021. Where next? A move to Wear OS, a revamped web platform? Newer sensors or just a same-old, same-old round of new refreshes?
  • Suunto has more scope to refresh its product line further. However, it is smaller than Polar and we must not forget that their Chinese owners will be looking to massively boost the brand’s fortunes in the Far East. So this could be the start of growth for Suunto globally it’s just that we won’t see much of it in the West.
  • Coros are likely to iterate rather than release new models. They have a conundrum though, the app needs significant work and, with the exception of the Pace 2, Coros must realise that their company strengths are “quality materials” and “features” – their products definitely sell well when they get the price right (Pace 2). Thus if a next-gen Apex could be $200/£150 cheaper, then it might be a game-changer. At the current price levels, it’s just tickling the toes of the Garmin Venu rather than giving it a stern push
  • I can’t see Wahoo releasing another watch in the foreseeable future but as a company, they have a huge range of options open for their progress. I guess the next move is either an iterated Kickr or new Roam – each of which could easily be as late as Q3.2022
  • Smaller companies like Sigma, Mio Labs and one or two others may well treat us to more good-value and focussed products in 2021/2022.

From all that, what I see as interesting are a Suunto 7 gen 2 (2022 would fit past product lifecycles); a feature-full & revamped Coros data platform (unlikely – what currently exists will be extended); and many more Wahoo RIVAL features like an expansion of running power. None of those is a certainty. In fact, I’d probably bet they don’t all happen! This could make for a boring 2022 unless you are a Garmin-lover or a Wear OS lover.

Smart Fitness, Wear OS, WatchOS & Similar Smarts

The game is set to be: Apple’s watchOS vs Google/Fitbit/Samsung’s Wear OS vs Domination of low prices by chinese brands

Proprietary sports platforms like Garmin, Polar, Suunto will still be here in a year’s time. But…

I would bet money that this year will bring: high-end Fitbits/Pixel, Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch SE Gen 2 and Samsung Galaxy Watch5. Sadly I will get very poor odds on that bet!

The Wear OS bounce has started and will be more obvious by mid-2022, as we see the impact of

  • Re-purposed Fitbit devices ported to Wear OS
  • and/or Google Pixel Watch
  • Accelerated take-up of the new SnapDragon 4100/4100+ processors (eg by Fossil) and next gen 5xxxx are already talked about.
  • New strategic movers into Wear OS like Oppo, although at least one Oppo watch will skip Wear OS.
  • Samsung has at least partly committed to Wear OS. It’s likely they will go all-in.
  • Casio has just released their first Wear OS watch on G-Shock (Protrek too), there could be more
  • There appears to be a bezel-less Google Pixel, perhaps branded as a Fitbit by Google
  • Further, Wear OS platform updates
Image|9to5 Google

Interestingly, Samsung appears to have exclusive access to Wear OS 3 on its Galaxy Watch4 models, at least for a while. The future of Wear OS appears to be a Google/Fitbit and Samsung duopoly perhaps with Fossil hanging on in the periphery. That could be a pattern that continues for years – ie Samsung/Google giving themselves exclusive access to the latest version of Wear OS for over 6 months.

Interestingly, the image above shows two of 10 new watch faces for the as-yet-unreleased Google Pixel Watch that will run Wear OS 3. Notice the Fitbit logo? Kinda gives a slam dunk to prove that Fitbit will run Wear OS 3.

Huami (Amazfit/Zepp), Huawei, Realme, Redmi, TicWatch and others will continue in the battle of the budget smartwatches. Several of these have significant sales figures in some Far Eastern markets and some of the products might even be described as increasingly competent. Indeed what we are perhaps seeing right now are the Chinese companies building up significant competencies and sales volumes in their domestic markets before using that strength in other geographic markets. Most of them lack the ability to be cross-sold with a top smartphone from the same brand.

There will be an Apple Watch 8 in Sep 2022, preceded by watchOS 9 in August.

Bike Computers – Hope or Hopeless?

Garmin is clearly dominant in this sector and Wahoo is clearly the main challenger brand. The jury is firmly OUT on the potential longterm impact of Karoo 2 but it is ‘one of the great hopes’ with a realistic chance of success

Other than an occasionally misplaced FCC filing, Wahoo is very good at keeping quiet, so don’t expect any leaks…just hope quietly for something exciting. But Wahoo already has a medium-format and large-format performance satnav. Those models cover most of the bases so, other than an iterative model strategy, what gaps are there in the bike computer market for a significant number of profitable sales?

Apple, Google and maybe “China” will eventually clean out the watch markets but Garmin holds a dominant position with bike computers. Many challengers exist to Garmin’s Edge Series but only Wahoo/Hammerhead(Android) seem to be coherent challengers and they are lagging behind if the number of features is how you judge bike computers. Will Bolt 3/Roam 2 be able to withstand an onslaught from Edge 540/840? It’s an interesting market position to debate as Garmin Edge will NOT pull further ahead either in terms of features or market share as their tech is already well-advanced and their market position too dominant. Catching up in each of those respects is MUCH easier than Garmin pulling further ahead. Interestingly the next Edge we see will be the Edge 1040 (leak first reported here) and that will be followed by the 140/840/540 in 2023. The 1040 might bring LTE, Solar, predictive ClimbPro and a new GNSS chipset.

How difficult is it for smaller companies to catch or even beat Garmin at cycling? Read this: How to Beat a Garmin Edge. The answer is ‘VERY‘. If there is ever some new product to beat Garmin it will likely be another device based on Android. Why?… Answer: “apps” and a shorter, easier product development cycle, which sounds a bit like the Karoo!! Go figure.

I suspect that Garmin doesn’t care too much about lower price points, so Bryton, Sigma, Lezyne, CatEye, Polar and other smaller bike computer companies can fight out the price-per-feature battle in that very messy and less profitable arena. One hopeful rumour even suggested that Polar might release a bike computer but I think that ship has sailed especially considering Polar’s reluctance to support ANT+ on their watches (their newer chest straps DO support ANT+)

There are good, well-featured bike computers like Stages L50, Sigma ROX 12 and the high-end Bryton models but all of them, in my opinion, lack that certain ‘je ne sais quoi‘ that could propel them to the same levels as Wahoo – although a new Stages Dash is likely for April 2022. But when you contemplate that the ever-successful Wahoo BOLT Gen 1 prospered even past its 4th birthday, then you have to conclude that it’s not high technology that bike riders necessarily want. Maybe it’s the ‘just works’ factor or the platform or the brand image.

Garmin also doesn’t seem to care too much about MTB, gravel or e-bike specific models. Maybe they know something that we don’t? (A: probably!). Maybe the SPD Rally pedals are the first indication that Garmin will take off-road more seriously. (Don’t forget, cargo biking, electric bikes and many other bike markets are growing and might be attractive distractions to Garmin)

 


Lists of All GPS Sports Watches & Bike Computers

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 rumours, although please note that any information provided to me under NDA by manufacturers will *NOT* appear here and I won’t talk about it as I always honour agreements I make either written or verbal. So there will be a few more surprises over and above all of this 😉

Garmin – Current and Rumoured Models

🔴 = Discontinued or effectively discontinued and replaced

🔵 = Expected Future Model or ‘very recent’.

Category Links to Review and opinion article Price Check Link Comments
Bike 🔴Edge 1000 Superseded
Bike Edge Explore Current: Jul 2018’s smaller version of the Edge 1030. Most performance features removed. Good for navigation
Bike Edge 1030  Price Check Current, Q3-Q4.2019 saw big updates to the 1030 to match the new 530/830.
 Edge 1030 Plus (2020) Price Check

Price Check: Bundle

Edge 1030 Plus was June 2020
🔵 Edge 1040 (2022)
Bike Edge 20,

Edge 25

Price Check

Price Check

Entry-level cycling computer
Bike Edge 130 Price Check Entry-level cycling computer with very interesting specs. May 2018
Bike  Edge 130 Plus Price check

Price Check: MTB Bundle

Price Check: HRM Bundle

Jun-20
🔵 Edge 140 (due 2021)
🔴 Edge 200,

Edge 500,

Price Check
Bike 🔴  Edge 510 Price Check Effectively Discontinued
Bike 🔴  Edge 520 Price Check Still a great cycling computer and getting CHEAPER but a bit slow with no maps
Bike Edge 520 PLUS Current. Updated hardware capability (CIQ3), maps and software. Replaced by faster 530
Bike Edge 530 Price Check Available May 2019
🔵 Edge 530 Plus Spring 2021
Edge 540 540 could be Spring 2022
Bike 🔴 Edge 800, 810 Effectively Discontinued
Bike Edge 820 Price Check Top-end, medium-sized, nav cycling computer. Dodgy touchscreen. Replaced by 830
Bike Edge 830 Price Check May 2019
🔵 Edge 830 Plus Spring 2021
Edge 840 840 could be Spring 2021 (or 830+)
Bike 🔵 Edge MTB (something more than the 530 MTB bundle) There are gaps in the market here at least two price points. It could be filled by Garmin – just like the Instinct did for budget outdoors.
Outdoors 🔴 Epix Nice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
Outdoors 🔴 Fenix, Fenix 2, Quatix Price Check Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
Outdoors 🔴 Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variants Price Check 

Price Check 3HR

Current, still great devices
Outdoors Fenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUS Price Check

Price Check 5S Plus

Price Check 5X Plus

Garmin’s flagship model for 2018-2019. These are notably updated Fenix 5 models.  Superseded in with better hardware in the Fenix 6.
Outdoors 🔴 Fenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5x Price Check 5

Price Check 5x

Price Check 5s

Garmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018.

Caveat Emptor. The Plus version is the one you want to buy NOT these…

Outdoors Tactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Tactix Delta (2020), Descent MK1/MK22s, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie, Quatix, D2 Delta (& S and PX) Solar & Sapphire ‘military’/hunting, diving, aviation, solar, durable variants of Fenix 5/6
Outdoors  Fenix 6,  Price Check
Fenix models are 6S (Base, Sapphire and Pro), 6 (Base, Sapphire and Pro) 6x (Pro and Solar)
🔵 Tactix Delta, D2 Echo,
🔵 Descent MK2i (Q4.2020)
Quatix 6 (2020)
🔵 D2 Delta (base, sapphire, solar)
 Fenix 6 (further Solar and Sport variants for 2020)
🔵 Enduro Ultra Watch
Outdoors 🔵 Fenix 7 Q1.2022
Outdoors 🔴 Fenix Chronos Price Check Super Premium: Quality innards, Quality shell and finish. F5s firmware. Expensive. Replaced by the MARQ.
Outdoors MARQ (effectively Fenix Chronos 2) Announced. the MARQ range is the Fenix range in a fancy shell eg MARQ ATHLETE is a 945 in an expensive shell.
Aviator (aero), Captain (marine), Athlete (multi-sport), Expedition (Hike/Outdoors), Driver (car).
MARQ Commander 1 Oct2019.
Outdoors 🔵 MARQ2/CHRONOS3 Q2.2022
Outdoors Instinct Price Check Oct 2018 A cut-down outdoors-focussed Fenix. Kinda
 Instinct Solar (plus Tactical, Camo and Surf versions) Price Check Jul 2020
The Instinct Tactical edition is now available and differs only with the NIGHT VISION and STEALTH modes, as well as the JUMPMASTER profile.
Instinct Price Check
August 2019 TACTICAL COYOTE edition
Outdoors Instinct 2 (possibly SOLAR version) Due in 2021. This WILL eventually come as the Instinct is popular. My guess is Q3.2022
Run 🔴 Forerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225 Effectively Discontinued
Run 🔴 Forerunner 230 Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
Run 🔴 Forerunner 235 Price Check Replacement 245 & 245M released
Run 🔴 Forerunner 235L Apr 2018’s cut-down version for the Chinese market.
Run Forerunner 245 & Forerunner 245 Music Current
🔵 Forerunner 255 (2021)
Run 🔴Forerunner 25 Price Check Entry-level run/sports watch
Run 🔴 Forerunner 30 Entry-level run/sports watch
Run 🔴 Forerunner 35 Price Check Entry-level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 45, 45S Current, Announced April 2019

FR45 Plus, August 2020 silent announcement

Forerunner 45 Plus
🔵 Forerunner 55 (2021)
Run 🔴 Forerunner 610, Forerunner 620 Effectively Discontinued but good enough
Run 🔴 Forerunner 630 Great device, superseded
Run Forerunner 645 and 645M Current.
🔵 Forerunner 655 (2022) 655 Overdue. may never materialise
Run/Tri Forerunner 735XT Current, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer). it’s the last remaining CIQ2 device hence next to be replaced
Run/Tri 🔵 Forerunner 745 September 2020, top-end smaller tri watch
Run/Tri 🔴 Forerunner 910XT Great tri watch in its day, still good enough if you can find one
Run/Tri 🔴Forerunner 920XT Price Check Great tri watch…all you need really. Sometimes CHEAP
Run/Tri Forerunner 935 Still a Top tri watch, no gimmicks
Run/Tri Forerunner 945  Top Tri Watch, all the features plus LOTS of gimmicks. LTE for 2021
🔵 Forerunner 945LTE (June 2021)
🔵 Forerunner 955, Q2-3.2022
Forerunner 955 LTE, yup it WILL happen
Fitness 🔴 Vivoactive Price Check Effectively Discontinued
Fitness Vivoactive 3 A contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
Fitness Vivoactive 3 MUSIC, Vivoactive 3M VA3 with music. Q2.2018
Fitness Vivoactive 3 Plus Music LTE Verizon Jan-19
Fitness Vivoactive 4 & 4S with a great AMOLED screen on the top-end VA4 called VENU. Sep-19

23 Sep 2020

Venu SQ

Venu Plus to follow?

🔵 Vivoactive 5 (q2.2022)
Fitness 🔴 Vivoactive HR Great device, effectively Vivoactive 2, replaced by Vivoactive 3
Fitness Vivofit 2, Vivofit 3, Vivofit 4 December 2017: supersedes VivoFit 3. Vivofit 5 due for Xmas 2019.
Fitness 🔴 Vivomove Price Check Dress watch, superseded September 2017
Fitness 🔴 Vivomove HR Sept 2017
Fitness Vivomove 3 / 3s /Style / Luxe Sep-19
Swim 🔴 Swim Effectively Discontinued
Swim Swim 2 Oct-19
Swim Swim 3 2023? this will be on a 3-4 year release cycle if it continues to be sold

 

Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit, Apple, etc – Current and Rumoured Models

Category Links to either a review, opinion article or your local AmazonLinkComments

Manufacturer Category Review, opinion article Links Price Check Link Comments
adidas Run 🔴Smart Run Discontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami/Zepp) Run Bip (#A1608 – Bip S Supercedes) Price Check  

Current products

Pace (#A1612, #A1602) Price Check
Huami is renaming to ZEPP
Bip Lite (#A1915)
Bip S (2020)
Ares (Rugged, hexagonal Bip, May 2020)
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color (2020), plus sports edition
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Pace 2 Pace 2 is Stratos. The only difference between the Chinese (A1609 Amazfit Pace 2) and the International version (A1619 Amazfit Stratos) is the firmware.
Amazfit Stratos 2 means Stratos (A1619)
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Fitness Verge, Verge Lite, Current model A1811 (Lite #A1818), as over 1 Dec 2018 now selling in the USA. Verge 2 / Nexo imminent with eSIM.
 Verge 2 / Nexo
🔵 GTR, GTR2, GTR 3 GTR2 released Aug2020

GTR 3 released October 2021

🔵GTS  , GTS2 GTS2 announced Aug 2020, it’s their version of the apple watch
🔵Neo Garmin Instinct rip off Aug 2020
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run/Tri 🔴STRATOS 1/2 Current, Multisport 2018 watch. Intl versions v1 & v2 are same.
🔵STRATOS 3 STRATOS 3 Aug 2019 – model #A1929
Huami Amazfit T-Rex – model #A1919,
🔵T-Rex
🔵Ares
Apple Fitness 🔴Watch Series 1 (Sport), Current, great pricing on the AW3 beware inferior hardware compared to AW4.
🔴 Watch Series 2 w/Nike,
Series 3 GPS+Cellular, 
Apple Fitness 🔴 Watch Series 4 w/Nike Current. A notable hardware upgrade from the AW3. Discontinued
Apple Fitness 🔵 Watch Series 5 Aluminium, stainless steel, titanium and ceramic versions as well as the 40mm and 44mm versions. Also a Nike co-branded version.
Apple Fitness 🔵 Watch Series 6

🔵 Watch Series SE

Watch SE Gen 2 (likely September 2022)

Apple Watch Series 7 – Sep 2021

Apple Watch Series 8 (may have ‘explorer’ variant) Sep 2022

 

 

WatchOS 8 September 2021,

 

Bontrager Bike TREK Ride Time Elite, Trip 300, Bontrager Garmin Edge 1030 low spec own-branded devices and Bontrager-branded Garmin device
Bryton Bike RIDER 100, 310, 330, 410, 450h, 530E, Rider 530 T, aero 60, one, Rider 860, Rider 420 Current, 450E is the top model @<$200 with all functions even 310 @<$150 supports a PM (Full model list here). Aero 60 is a fully-featured bikenav. The Sep 2019 Rider 860 and Rider 420 might see the 860 as the new top-end model built on Android – a first for Bryton
Bryton Bike RIDER numerous other models Effectively Discontinued
Casio Outdoors Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 Current, replaced by F20/F30 announced Aug 2018
WearOS
Casio Fitness Pro Trek Smart WSD-F21 HR Sep 2019. Updated F20 with oHR
WearOS
Casio Outdoors Pro Trek Smart WSD-F30 Announced: Jan 2019, replacing WSD-F20. Expect a WSD-F40 in Jan 2020 😉
Casio Outdoors
WearOS Casio G-Shock Move GBD-H1000

G-Shock Pro GSW-H1000 (Wear OS)

CatEye Bike STEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Smart+, Stealth evo+ CC-GL51 (2015), full spec’d Aventura 2016 models are current (full model list here), Avventura might only be available in Japan
COROS Run/Tri Pace Multisport M1 Current, the Garmin 735XT lookalike
Pace 2 2020 should see an update of the Pace, as Coros return to revisit their road running roots
COROS Run/Tri Apex 42mm 46mm Current Oct 2018. Highly credible endurance run and tri alternative. A competent small format is available. Jan 2019 a special edition announced for 46mm.
COROS Run/Tri Apex PRO Q4.2019 Somewhere between Apex and Vertix
COROS Outdoors Vertix Current May 2019. Premium case and SpO2
CooSpo Bike BC200 Current (hey! they made the effort to include power meter support, I made the effort to include it in this list, I’ve no idea who they are)
Epson Run/Tri 🔴ProSense 17, 🔴ProSense 57, 🔴ProSense 307, 🔴ProSense 347 Discontinued
🔴SF-series
Facebook Fitness newOS After failing to buy Fitbit, Facebook will enter the market possibly with WearOS possibly in 2022.
Fossil Fitness WearOS Sport Nov-18
Fitbit Fitness 🔴Blaze Price Check Replaced by Versa
Fitbit Fitness 🔴Charge, Charge 2 Discontinued
Fitbit Fitness Charge 3 Price Check Current
Fitbit Fitness 🔴Versa, THE current SE version has Fit Pay payments
🔵 Versa 2 Versa Lite – March 2019
Versa 2 – available 15 September 2019 with Aug 28th Announcement
Versa 3 / Versa 3 SENSE September 2020
Fitbit Fitness 🔴Charge HR (Band) Discontinued, replaced by Charge 2, Charge 3, Charge 4 (2020).
Fitbit Fitness Ionic Current, September 2017
Fitbit Fitness Ionic 2 Overdue, might never happen
Fitbit Fitness Ionic Adidas Announced Feb 2018, has an Adidas app
Fitbit Fitness 🔴Surge Superseded by Ionic
Fossil Fitness WearOS Puma SmartWatch Sep 2019 (Prob same watch inside as the Fossil sport)
Michael Kors MKGO Sep 2019 (Prob same watch inside as the Fossil sport)
Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3
Fossil Fitness Sport Sport Uses 2019 Snapdragon processor. Fossil is a BIG WearOS watch producer for many sub-brands. Sport uses a new 3100 processor.
WearOS
Fossil Fitness WearOS Gen 5

Gen 6 (27 Sep 2021)

Still 3100 chipset but looks sweet and runs smoothly enough

4100/4100+ chipset for fall premium models

Giant Bike NeosTrack Cycling Computers. The NeosTrack is a reasonably high-spec model.
Neos ANT+
AXACT 13W
Google Fitness WearOS Pixel Smartwatch To be released in 2020 maybe. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS version will be released as well.
Decathlon Bike BC900 Cycling Computer, records power
iGSPORT Bike iGSPORT iGS618 Cycling Computer, I think these guys are owned by Xiaomi and could be one to watch at the budget end
Hammerhead Bike Karoo Feb 2018.
Expect even more significant firmware updates throughout 2020
Hammerhead Bike Karoo 2 Cycling Computer, small format, Xmas 2020
Huawei Fitness WearOS/Harmony OS Fit, Watch 2 Sport, Watch GT Active Price Check WearOS and a good spec. Current (Watch 2 was 2017 with an incremental 2018 update) The Fit was effectively the “Watch 1 Sport”.
Watch Gt2e Watch 3 Watch GT and this was codenamed FORTUNA (GT is not WearOS anymore)
Watch 3 GT Runner To run Harmony OS
Huawei Fitness WearOS Honor Magic WearOS and a good spec, November 2018
Huawei Sport ?WearOS? Honor GS Pro/Kanon Q4.2020, TomTom map partnership could be interesting
Huawei Proprietary Android? Watch Fit
Lezyne Bike Mini, Macro Plus GPS (Macro, Macro Easy, Micro, Micro Watch, Super Pro (Super GPS), Mega, Watch variants MEGA announced July 2018
MACRO EASY GPS announced Jul 2019
Macro Plus & Super Pro are revamped from earlier models, announced Jul 2019 with FE-C…cheap, sturdy and highly featured.
Full, current list here
LG Fitness WearOS Watch Sport Price Check Current, apparently one of the better WearOS devices – certainly spec looks the best. Watch2 has seen e-sim in China only
LG Fitness WearOS LM-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 Blanc Fitness WearOS Summit 2 Announced – several quite advanced sporty features
MIO/MiTAC/Magellan Bike Cyclo 605,  Nice 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, Discover/Plus (May 2020)
Discover Unsure of the situation in USA with sister company MAGELLAN. Who have dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike products
Discover Plus
🔴505HC+ others
Mio Labs Running 🔴 Mio Alpha 2 revolutionary at the time
Mio Labs Running/Triathlon mioEXP First sports watch in a long time by Mio. in fact since about 2015. Triathlon focussed and looking good for Q4.2020
Misfit Fitness WearOS Vapor Price Check WearOS. Replaced by Vapor 2
Misfit Fitness WearOS Vapor 2 WearOS. Current.
MiVia Fitness Run 350 2017 Fitbit Versa look-alike
Mobvoi Fitness Ticwatch 2 aka Ticwatch Active 2017 budget sports watch with GPS & Music
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch E2 2018 budget sports watch with GPS & Music, the replacement for Ticwatch E
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch S2 CES2019 replacement for Ticwatch S (ie S1). S=Sport
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch S 2017 WearOS 2.0 budget sports watch. Ticwatch E is a cheaper and non-sport version. Ticwatch 2, Active and Classic are different – not WearOS. Replaced by S2.
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch Pro

Ticwatch Pro 3

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

Ticwatch E3

WearOS 2.0, Pro 3/Ultra & E3 have snapdragon 4100
🔵 Ticwatch Pro, 4G LTE

🔵 new Ticwatch Pro  Jul 2019 with LTE (USA only).

Moto (brand bought by CE) Fitness WearOS 100S and 200 will be Wear OS probably Snapdragon 3100.

 

 

🔴360 Sport – 2nd Gen/Sport Price Check
🔴Gen 3 November 2019

🔴Moto G Smartwatch,(Summer 2021)

🔴Moto Watch,(Summer 2021)

🔴Moto One,(Summer 2021)

🔵Moto Watch 100S and Moto Watch 200 – by March 2022

New Balance Fitness WearOS RunIQ WearOS. Current
Omata Bike Omata One Price Check Trendy Bike Computer Current
BKK, OnePlus Fitness Likely WearOS

Sister brand RealMe introduce Watch 2 and Watch 2 Pro

Vivo (2020)

Vivo (2021)

Probably due Q4.2020, probably based heavily on the Oppo Watch

RealMe are a cheap and proprietary OS. June 2021.

 

BKK, Oppo Fitness Android

Fitness Wear OS

Watch

Watch (Wear OS Version)

Watch 2

Looks like an Apple Watch with very limited EU/USA availability as of July 2020. Based on Android

Wear OS version released 31 Jul 2020

Watch 2 – 27 Jul 2021

Ordnance Survey Bike OS Horizon GPS High-quality MAPS on a bikenav
OS Velo GPS
OS Trail Bike GPS
OS Trail 2 Bike GPS (2019)
Polar Bike V660 V650 refresh 2020? Well Overdue…perhaps never
Polar Run/Tri 🔴 Vantage V

Vantage V2

Vantage V2 EDITION

V800 replacement
There are no published plans to take the features any further. Polar will fix bugs though.
V2 new for October 2020
Who knows if they will iterate either the hardware or software.
Polar Run/Tri Vantage V Titanium high-end case variant of the Vantage V
Polar Run/Tri/Outdoors Grit X

Grit X PRO

Grit X PRO Titan

Polar Grit X – outdoors version of Vantage V
Polar Run/Tri 🔴 Vantage M

Vantage M2

More run-focussed than the V model and a bit more than the M430.
I’m not convinced there will be a Vantage M lite model ie something to theoretically replace the M200. Looks like the Ignite/Unite covers that.
No intel on the M2. My guess would be Q1.2021
Polar Fitness A370 A360 replacement with linked-GPS
Polar Fitness A380  I guess you could speculate that there is an A380 due but I would not be so sure that Polar (or anyone else beyond Garmin/Fitbit) will pursue a premium band format.
Polar Fitness 🔵  Ignite

Ignite 2

Fitness & Running watch. With GPS. Scope for a 3Fitness-like model with no GPS. Scope also to beef up the shell quality a little.
Polar Run M200 Entry-level oHR running/sports watch 2016. Replacement due in 2020 maybe? M200 looks out-of-date
Polar Run 🔴M400 Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
Polar Run M430 An optical M400, released. this is mostly replaced by the Vantage M, although the Vantage M has notable extra stuff kinda making it a model higher. M430 has been confirmed as remaining in the Polar product set as a full-featured running watch BUT it will not receive new functionality.
M430 looks out-of-date
Polar Bike 🔴M450 Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
Polar Bike M460 M450 with STRAVA LIVE. M460 looks out-of-date
Polar Run WearOS M600 WearOS sports watch for Android
Polar Bike V650 A good Bike Nav Cycling device. Might get an ANT+ refresh but fine as-is. Does Polar want to go down the route of giving this proper onboard maps?
Polar Run/Tri 🔴V800 One of the greatest multisport watches of all-time, replaced by Vantage
Samsung Fitness 🔴Gear Sport Price check Current (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Fit Plus could be the 2018 version of that)
Samsung Fitness 🔴Galaxy Watch Active Galaxy Sport is Galaxy Watch Active
Samsung Fitness 🔵 Galaxy Watch Active2 Jul-19
Galaxy Watch2 (never existed)
Galaxy Watch3 (SM-R840)

Galaxy Watch4 / 4 Classic

Aug 2020

Galaxy Watch 4  Released 27Aug with Wear OS 3 (4 is the sport version)

Galaxy Watch5 leaked November 2021 for release in Aug/Sep 2022

Sigma Sport Bike Rox GPS 7.0, ROX GPS 10.0, Rox GPS 11.0, Rox 12.0 Sport, id.TRI, id.FREE, Ro 2.0, Rox 4.0, Rox 11.1 Good feature set, current.
Rox 12.0 Sport June 2018 looks like a massive leap forward for the company. Highly competent bikenav
id.TRI is a very interesting budget TRI offering
Full list of Sigma products here
Skagen Fitness WearOS Falster 2 With GPS & oHR added, this now counts as a sports watch. It aims to be seen as the prettiest WearOS
Falster 3 Falster 3 uses the fastest processor
Sony Fitness WearOS Smartwatch 3 SWR50 Price Check WearOS. Current
SoWatch Fitness SoWatch IndieGogo – Sports and other stuff
Pioneer BIKENAV SGX-CA500, SGX-CA600 Cycling Computer looks nice. OSM, ANT+, power
Full list here
Specialized Bike  SpeedZone Sport / SpeedZone II Basic Cycling Computers
SRM Bike PowerControl 7 (PC7) / 8 (PC8) Cycling Computer
Stages Bike Dash (L10) Cycling Computer. cheap and well-featured
Stages Bike Dash L50, M50

Gen 2?

New models for release Q1-2.2019

Not sure we will get a Gen 2.

Suunto Various 🔴 Ambit 3 variants (Peak, run, Sport…) Still great devices. In many ways superior. Discontinued
Suunto Various Ambit 4 The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement to the AMBIT3 and then to the Suunto 5
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
Suunto Run/Tri 🔴 SPARTAN Trainer New outdoor variants in Jan 2018, superseded in 2019 with Suunto 5
Suunto Outdoors 🔴 SPARTAN Ultra Current, OK to buy now. Suunto 9 is an effective replacement
Suunto Fitness 🔴 Suunto 3 Current. A low-end model with interesting specs. GPS only from a paired and present smartphone.
🔴 Suunto 3 Fitness (April 2018)

Gen 2 overdue but may not happen.

The Suunto 3 dropped the FITNESS suffix in 2020 and DOES have very slightly different hardware
Suunto Fitness Suunto 9 Baro (spring 2018)

Suunto 9 Peak (smaller)

Current. High-end Spartan ULTRA replacement. My GUESS is that this will iterate next in some way in 2021 (no intel)
Suunto Fitness Suunto 7

Gen 2 perhaps due in H2.2022 (Aug)

Wear OS Smart sports watch
Suunto might iterate bi/tri-annual versions of 3/5/7/9
Suunto Run/Tri 🔵 Suunto 5 from May 2019

Gen 2 due but may not happen

Good mid-range tri watch. Replacement for SPARTAN Trainer. Due a refresh in 2021
Tag Heuer Fitness Connected Gen 1 Wear OS on snapdragon 3100 and a big price tag. yet still a smart fitness watch
Connected Gen 2
Connected Gen 3
Timex Run/tri IronMan R300 #Sigh
TomTom Run 🔴 Adventurer TomTom sports division is closed down. Firmware updates as of 8 May 2018
🔴 Runner 3, Spark 3
TomTom Run 🔴 Spark, Runner, Runner 2 Effectively Discontinued, there was never a Spark 2
Vivo Smart Watch Smartwatch running FunOS, from BKK who own Oppo, Realme and One Plus.
Withings Fitness Move & Move ECG CES2019, Sweet Fitness ecosystem
Withings Fitness Steel HR Sport Current
Wahoo Fitness Bike 🔴 ELEMNT A great cycling computer, due a refresh. Might not happen if ROAM is seen as the replacement
Wahoo Fitness Bike 🔴 ELEMNT BOLT (launched in 2017!) A great cycling computer, due a refresh
Wahoo Fitness Bike ELEMNT ROAM (Sep 2019) Colour version of a super-sized Bolt with navigation
Wahoo Fitness Bike 🔴 ELEMNT MINI Cut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors. Due a refresh but unlikely
Wahoo Fitness Run/Tri ELEMNT RIVAL (Nov 2020) A mid-tier, mass-market triathlon watch. Gen 2 is not imminent and I would instead inspect another watch or two from Wahoo before a reinvigorated RIVAL. Maybe a small format RIVAL maybe a run-only rival.
Wahoo Fitness Bike BOLT 2 25 May 2021
XPLOVA/Acer Bike 🔴 G3, G5, E5, E7 Effectively discontinued
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X3 EVO

X2 (May 2021)

Current, FYI they are releasing a turbo trainer Q3.2019

X2 Bolt-sized unit, most features except maps.

XPLOVA/Acer Bike 🔴X5 (March 2017) Superseded by X5 EVO
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 EVO (Nov 2017) Current, refreshed model. onboard video, guess there’ll be an X6 next…
Zepp Smart Fitness Watch Zepp E

Zepp Z

Zep E: 2x Apple watch wannabes

Zep Z: likely sports watch

 

Notes

  • 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, FitCare, iGPSport, Xoss
  • There are probably also some Kickstarter and Indegogo type new models planned. My broad opinion is that if this is the first sports watch from a company with no track record then you will lose your money or, at best, receive a pile of junk. Spend a little bit extra and instead get a real product now.
  • If you’ve found a brand that I’ve not listed above and the price looks too good to be true…there’s probably a reason. Just go for the brands above…eg Lezyne & Bryton offer cheap and perfectly good bike computers that support complex usage.

What have I missed? Are there others?

Note: information that has become available about accessories is NOT included here as there are too many of them to keep up-to-date with. 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 wrist bands from the lists above, like the Vivokids v2, although some bands have sneaked in there already.

Lists of all Firmware Updates

Please let me know of any I’ve missed

Also useful for checking compatibility and new ANT+ devices. VERY occasionally you might see a special ‘leak’ appear here first by accident.

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TDCIYYB

Thank you so much for the intel on the upcoming Garmin releases! Have been holding back from buying the Venu 2, and now i can wait until early 2022 patiently to get the Venu 2 Plus (or maybe even the AMOLED Fenix depending on price)!
Though i am quite tempted with the 259€ Amazon price on the Venu 2.. 😉
Please keep the updates coming!

Web Van

Sorry can’t see what’s changed in the 28/11/2021 update apart from the mention of the EPIX ?

Sebastian Campbell

Are you comparing the Apex Pro with the Garmin Venu? Proof that you have no idea about sports watches …

Craig Hogg

Thanks for all the info as always. Other than physical differences and better battery do you think there will be huge differences between the incoming Fenix 7 and the FR 955? I think the 955 is likely to be ideal for my planned use (iron-man/a 24 hour running adventure in hills) but don’t know if it will be worth waiting and missing out on spring/summer use.

Craig Hogg

Thank you very much for your reply. I didn’t think of the vanilla f7 vs f7 pro considerations.
I think the lighter package is more appealing to me as well, particularly given I am currently rocking a fr230 currently. Just being impatient to upgrade…

Craig Hogg

Tempting but its more expensive without maps.

Chris

A little addition the your list: Huawei Watch 3: 46mm, eSIM, “Android” based HarmonyOS (2GB RAM, 16GB flash), 1.43″ AMOLED 466×466, 802.11bgn WLAN, GNSS, NFC, BT5.2, speaker/mic, WR 5ATM, wireless charging Case: Glass front, ceramic back, stainless steel frame Sensors: Acceleration, gyro, geomagnetic, oHR, ambient light, barometric pressure, temperature https://consumer.huawei.com/en/wearables/watch-3/ Huawei Watch 3 Pro: 48mm, eSIM, “Android” based HarmonyOS (2GB RAM, 16GB flash), 1.43″ AMOLED 466×466, 802.11bgn WLAN, 5 band dual channel GNSS, NFC, BT5.2, speaker/mic, WR 5ATM, wireless charging Case: Glass front, ceramic back, titanium frame Sensors: Acceleration, gyro, geomagnetic, oHR, ambient light, barometric pressure, temperature https://consumer.huawei.com/en/wearables/watch-3-pro/ Huawei Watch GT 3: 42/46mm, “LiteOS” based HarmonyOS (32MB RAM, 4GB flash), 1.43″ AMOLED 466×466, stainless steel/plastic case, WR 5ATM, GNSS, BT 5.1, speaker/mic, wireless charging Case: Glass front, plastic back, stainless steel frame Sensors: Acceleration, gyro, geomagnetic, oHR, barometric pressure, temperature https://consumer.huawei.com/en/wearables/watch-gt3/ Huawei Watch GT Runner: 46mm, “LiteOS” based HarmonyOS (32MB RAM, 4GB flash), 1.43″ AMOLED 466×466, polimer fiber case, 5 band dual channel GNSS, NFC, BT 5.2, speaker/mic Case: Glass front, polimer fiber frame, polimer fiber back Sensors: Acceleration, gyro, geomagnetic, oHR, barometric pressure https://consumer.huawei.com/en/wearables/watch-gt-runner/ Huawei replaced FirstBeat features with their own algorithms. The GT3 received a firmware update three… Read more »

Chris

It is a job requirement in the 50 cent army. 🙂
I’m still looking for the real thing, even though I haven’t had an Apple Watch yet.

Ps: Merry Christmas!

Tamas Torok

Hi! I saw a Bryton Rider S500 computer on one of the Wanty riders insta story. I found some videos from asian youtubers so I can’t understand the audio, but it looks like it’s a smaller (2,4″) Rider 750 with usb-c charging, improved battery life, a climb pro like feature and maybe a faster hardware (or just a more responsive touchscreen). Have you heard something about the release date?

tfk, the5krunner

Bryton do release some good stuff.
They did approach me a couple of months back about a new bike computer.
I declined to cover it at the time as there just isn’t the interest in their products to justify the time it takes to write a detailed review.
answer: no I’ve not heard about a release date but soonish wouldn’t surprise me

Eric Gottlieb

A bit of a random thought, but considering that Garmin launched the MARQ series as a 30th anniversary special watch and there are no rumors about a replacement, maybe they do not intend to launch a replacement until their 35th anniversary (or never)? They are still pushing it, and oddly REI in the US has just started offering the MARQ Athlete and have it listed as a “New Arrival” so clearly Garmin intends to keep pushing it at least for a little while.

Tamas

In the yesterday’s GCN tech show they said Wahoo will release new products on tuesday and wednesday. Did you hear any rumor? I guess one of them will be the speedplay powermeter pedal.

tfk, the5krunner

I guess Wahoo’s ROLLR and PowerLinkZero are already known about.

Tamas

I guess you are right. I forgot about the ROLLR

Chris

April prank or a new Polar watch:
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