The Apple Watch is the leader for the smartwatch market. Then Garmin still leads the way for the fitness market. That’s where Suunto has made a big bet on by announcing its latest sports-centric Suunto 7, which runs on Wear OS.
At a glance, the Suunto 7 is remind’s of a beefy fitness watch, like those from the Garmin Fenix 6 series line up. But the main difference is that they make watches that run off proprietary software. That’s why it’s interesting to see Suunto produce something on Wear OS. The Suunto 7 will feature 70+ sports modes and offline outdoor maps for 15 activities. It also has a built-in GPS / GLONASS / Galileo and heart rate monitoring along with sensors like barometric altimeters to detect elevation.
In terms of specs and hardware has the least latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. It also sports a stainless steel body which is half-inch thick and an 50mm ultra-bright OLED screen. It is also waterproof to 50m, weighs 70 grams and has 24mm interchangeable straps.
It’ll also features music control and the ability to connect with Bluetooth headphones. But because it runs Wear OS, it’ll have automatic Google Assistant integration, access to the Google Play Store, and Google Pay.
There are some trade-offs, however, in terms of battery life. The Suunto 7 will have up to 12 hours of GPS tracking or about 48 hours of regular use. Not bad compared to the daily charging associated with the Apple Watch, and it’s on par with the Galaxy Watch Active2.
The Suunto 7 costs more than your average Wear OS smartwatch, retailing for $479. The smartwatch launches on January 31 but you can pre-order one starting January 6.