Best new smartwatches and fitness trackers coming in 2017

Looking for a new smartwatch or fitness tracker? There are some exciting new models coming out this year. Here are the best new wearables launching in 2017: Apple Watch 3, Google Pixel watches, Misfit Vapor, Motiv and more

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Huawei Watch 2

The Huawei Watch, announced at MWC 2015, was one of the best-looking Android Wear watches, and timed to match the release of Android Wear 2.0 in February we saw its successor(s) announced at MWC 2017.

The Huawei Watch 2 is a little different to the fashion-focused first-generation Huawei Watch. While the original was based on the design of a standard high-end watch, the Watch 2 features a sporty vibe with a metal body and vibrant, plastic wrist straps. Featuring a double chrome design on the 45mm circular watch face, the Watch 2 is a blend of high-end premium design with the durability and comfort of a fitness tracker.

Of course, those that yearn for a more traditional look can opt for the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, which more closely resembles the first-generation Watch with a metal body and high quality leather straps. The Watch 2 Classic may be the go-to choice for some, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it doesn’t feature everything that the standard edition does.

Read more about the Huawei Watch 2 here.

Launch date: 26 February 2017

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The Huawei Watch, announced at MWC 2015, was one of the best-looking Android Wear watches, and timed to match the release of Android Wear 2.0 in February we saw its successor(s) announced at MWC 2017.

The Huawei Watch 2 is a little different to the fashion-focused first-generation Huawei Watch. While the original was based on the design of a standard high-end watch, the Watch 2 features a sporty vibe with a metal body and vibrant, plastic wrist straps. Featuring a double chrome design on the 45mm circular watch face, the Watch 2 is a blend of high-end premium design with the durability and comfort of a fitness tracker.

Of course, those that yearn for a more traditional look can opt for the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, which more closely resembles the first-generation Watch with a metal body and high quality leather straps. The Watch 2 Classic may be the go-to choice for some, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it doesn’t feature everything that the standard edition does.

Read more about the Huawei Watch 2 here.

Launch date: 26 February 2017

Fitbit Smartwatch

Fitbit began selling the Blaze in the UK in early 2016, but while this glorified activity tracker might look like a smartwatch it's actually a "Smart Fitness Watch", according to the company.

The good news is Fitbit has plans for an actual smartwatch in 2017, in part as an exercise to help it recoup lost sales in Q4 2016.

All we know for now is that the company is definitely planning such a device. CEO James Park said: "We believe the evolving wearables market continues to present growth opportunities for us that we will capitalize on by investing in our core product offerings, while expanding into the smartwatch category to diversify revenue and capture share of the over $10 billion global smartwatch market."

Read more about the rumoured Fitbit smartwatch here.

Expected launch date: Late 2017

New Balance Run IQ

An Android-powered watch designed for runners, the Run IQ was shown off at CES 2017. It has built-in GPS (essential for runners), an optical heart rate sensor and a 1.4in AMOLED screen.

You also get a Strava app, which many runners and cyclists use to track and share their sessions, and it has on-board storage for music (which you can listen to on Bluetooth headphones of course).

It costs $299 and pre-orders will start shipping on 1 February. There’s no UK release date at present.

Expected launch date: February 2017

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Motiv 

You can’t tell from the photo, but this isn’t a wristband: it’s a ring you wear on your finger. It has pretty much everything you’d expect from an activity tracker: Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and an accelerometer to monitor your movement.

Unlike other trackers and apps which lean towards movement rather than actual exercise, the Motiv only counts 100 steps per minute as activity and gives you feedback on how the data affects your overall health rather than adding another day to a ‘streak’ just because you moved around enough or hit 10,000 steps.

It’s $200 and goes on sale in March and could well be the activity tracker you’ve been looking for. And yes, there's a black version for men.

Expected launch date: March 2017

Casio WSD-F20

This looks like a smartwatch Bear Grylls would wear. The WSD-F20 Pro Trek Smart is an Android Wear watch with built-in GPS. As the name suggests, it’s designed to be used – among other things – by hikers as a satnav and offers a full-colour offline map.

There are various map designs, and you can choose between roads, satellite or combined views. Plus you can “display footprints of your actions” on the map, record markers and voice memos.

Cleverly, the watch has two LCD displays which are “superimposed”. A monochrome display can be on all the time, showing the current time and other info. You just use the colour screen when you need it.

It’s not going to be cheap, with estimates of around $500. See our hands-on review of the WSD-F20.

Expected launch date: April 2017

LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style

Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed, but Google will launch two of its own smartwatches in 2017. Reportedly codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, these two new watches will see the light of day as the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. Both will incorporate the Google Assistant.

Rumour has it that Google isn’t going to use the Pixel branding for these watches, but in any case we’re pretty excited to see what these devices are capable of, as well as what other manufacturers will do with Android Wear 2.0.

Expected launch date: Sometime in 2017

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Apple Watch 3

The third-gen Apple Watch is expected to be announced in September alongside the new iPhones. The latest rumours say that it will be made by the same company – Quanta – that made the last two generations and that it won’t look any different, and certainly won’t change to a circular screen.

The updates will – rumours say – be in efficiency and Apple appears to want to chase longer battery life by using improved screen technology among other things. For more see: Apple Watch 3 rumours

Expected launch date: September 2017

Samsung Galaxy Gear S4

It wasn’t until the end of 2016 that we got our hands on the Gear S3 Frontier.

It’s a nicely designed and built smartwatch but the fact it runs Samsung’s own Tizen operating system is a negative as there are still few apps for it.

Unless sales really tank, we’re sure Samsung will follow up with the Gear S4. The firm has already announced production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 which is essentially a smaller package that includes the CPU, sensors and built-in LTE.

This could mean the S4 will be a bit smaller and include LTE so it’s not reliant on your Android phone for its internet connection. In the UK, the S3 has no LTE, but it does in the US.

Expected launch date: Late 2017

Misfit Vapor

Misfit is best known for its activity trackers, but it’s now launching a proper smartwatch called the Vapor

It’s again focused on fitness, and runs Misfit’s own Vapor OS. There’s built-in GPS, and it’s waterproof so you can wear it while swimming.

It monitors your heart rate while exercising and you can listen to stored music via Bluetooth headphones. Read our hands-on Misfit Vapor review

Expected launch date: Some time in 2017

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