Which Coros Would You Like to see next?
More: Coros Pace 3 Review
It’s no secret that the next Coros watch is likely to be the next-generation Coros Apex.
Hints may have come back in April when there were permanent price cuts on the existing Apex Pro. But perhaps the biggest in-your-face hint was when the CEO of Coros told this site that there be an “introduction of our next-generation APEX watches by the end of this year”.
That means just about 2 possibilities – either it means the two Apex size variants (42, 46mm) or it means an Apex and an Apex Pro. Almost certainly it will be the former.
But that’s not the point of this post. Rather…what would you like to see next?
Try this for a rough and ready generalisation
Pace 2 and the Apex 42mm/46mm share similar features to each other but both lack maps and features linked to maps, plus other omissions mostly linked to more extreme outdoor usage that the Apex Pro and Vertix support.
From a success perspective, Coros IS making inroads into the trail and mountain markets for sports watches, most notably with their Vertix range (Aug 2021). The Vertix first and second-generation watches DO sell but nowhere near as well as the Pace 2 (Aug 2020). FWIW: The Pace 2 sells lots.
But when it comes to the Apex and the Apex Pro then I’m not too sure how well they sell. Perhaps that price cut to the Pro model was an indication that it hadn’t previously been selling too well? Is there really space in the middle market for yet another Apple Watch wannabee that endeavours to be smart but different and so delivers more sports features than Apple and good battery life along with a poorer screen?
What could be added to justify a new generation of watches?
Despite the naming, the Vertix 2 is the Coros watch that is perhaps the start of their next generation and most notably this comes with an accurate Airoha GNSS/GPS chip and onboard maps. Whilst Apple Watch and Wear OS watches can have offline maps there are no sports watches with offline maps other than the Vertix 2/Apex Pro and various Garmins.
The Vertix 2 also lacks ANT+ sensor support, so that omission could also be a feature of a new Coros watch (grrr).
Then we come to the battery life that will just inevitably be better than the previous model. That’s what every manufacturer seems to do with each iteration!
There are virtually no existing sports features from the Coros range that could be added to Pace 2 or Apex. That’s because Coros seem to generally have one full set of features that every model uses unless aspects of the hardware can’t support it. (Note to Garmin…people like that).
So there’s certainly going to be new hardware with all the current features but maybe a new watch will herald a few new software features too? #Maybe
I would have thought the more commercial thing to do would be to iterate the Pace 2 with a better chipset and longer battery life. Throw in a few new watch faces, maybe a better screen and a better strap then I’d be happy. That’s what I want to see.
Would you rather see a Pace 3 than an Apex 2? What about a Apex Pro 2? What about a Vertix 3?
Have your say. What you would LIKE to see, rather than predicting the almost inevitable Apex 2….which, of course, you might like to see next in any case.
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