Suunto 3 Fitness Smartwatch Unveiled With Heart Rate Monitor

Finnish smartwatch and precision instruments manufacturer Suunto has announced a new fitness-focused smartwatch said to adapt to the wearer’s fitness level and provide appropriate training programs. Called the Suunto 3 Fitness, the wearable is equipped with heart rate monitor supplied by Valencell Inc. (similar to SCOSCHE’s RHYTHM 24 announced at CES 2018) as well as an accelerometer for determining speed, pace, and distance while walking and running. According to the manufacturer, the smartwatch can create seven-day training plans automatically based on the wearer’s fitness level and previous exercise patterns. These training plans will then continue to adapt according to how users perform, taking into account details such as if they miss a scheduled training session or outdid themselves in the contrary case.

The Suunto 3 Fitness also comes pre-loaded with several sport modes for a variety of activities including running, swimming, cycling, and even gym training. And indeed, the wearable is swim-proof and water resistant to 30 meters, according to the manufacturer. Furthermore, the Suunto 3 Fitness offers continuous calories and steps tracking along with daily summaries, while during night time the device can track the wearer’s sleep quality which should help with improving recovery. As far as connectivity goes, the device can connect to smartphones through an all-new Suunto application which will apparently be launched later this spring. Activities will be recorded within the application and the app will also provide notifications for incoming text messages, calls, and calendar events directly on the watch. But interestingly enough, the wearable doesn’t seem to be equipped with a touchscreen so users won’t be able to interact with these notifications from their wrists. Instead, as far as on-watch navigation is concerned, this aspect will presumably be facilitated by the three buttons on the side and nothing else.

The wearable will launch in five different color combinations including Black, Ocean (mint green) and Sakura (rose pink) featuring a polished stainless steel bezel, for the price of €199. Additionally, the Suunto 3 Fitness will also be released in white with gold-plated stainless steel pushers and bezels, as well as in All Black, both of which will carry a price tag of €229. Detailed hardware specifications are missing at the time of this writing and it’s unclear exactly when the wearable will hit the market, but given the expected launch timeframe of the new Suunto application for smartphones, the fitness-oriented smartwatch at hand is likely to be released this spring, at least in parts of Europe.

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