Suunto, the company that specialises in sports watches, has announced the Suunto 7 at CES. It’s similar to other Suunto wearables but updates the formula with the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor and Google’s Wear OS software.
It combines all of Sunnto watches’ usual excellent sport and workout tracking modes into an app, allowing you additional access to the Wear OS platform, rather than running on Suunto’s own operating system. Like most Wear OS devices, it’ll work with Android or iOS.
The wearable has an RRP of $479 USD and packs in a good-looking OLED display in a polyamide casing with stainless steel bezel for a bit of flair. There are five colour options all with 24mm straps and 50m water resistance.
It promises 12 hours of continuous GPS tracking, which is great if you’re a long distance or endurance sportsperson.
Suunto is a competitor to brands like Garmin and Polar in offering sports watches appropriate for anything from casual running to training for triathlons. By offering a smartwatch with Wear OS, it looks like Suunto is trying to break into the market dominated by products like the Apple Watch – wearables that can track your fitness to a high level but also operate well as everyday smartwatches with notifications and app management.
Apple Watch does this far better than even the attest version of Wear OS in our eyes, but this watch might work if you need accurate, reliable fitness tracking but also want normal smartwatch things – if you use Android, that is.
The Suunto 7 is available for pre-order now direct from Suunto.