If you’ve been struggling to choose between a fitness tracker or an Android Wear device, look no further. Polar, the Finnish company known for its heart rate monitors and fitness wearables, has just announced a new sports watch powered by Android Wear. It’s called the Polar M600, and it comes with a handful of unique features that are definitely worth checking out.
This is no standard Android Wear device. Not only do you get access to over 4,000 third-party Android Wear apps through the Google Play Store, you’ll also get access to Polar’s Smart Coaching features like Activity Guide and more. It’s also compatible with the Polar Flow app, so you’ll be able to get a more in-depth look at your daily activity, heart rate training and sleep details.
The tech specs aren’t too shabby, either. It features a 1.3-inch display, a dedicated button for quick training control, a GPS, 4GB of on-board storage, as well as Polar’s proprietary optical heart rate technology. The company also says the M600 will last up to 48 hours on a single charge. Not bad!
The Polar M600 will be available around the globe in Charcoal Black and Powder White color options later this year for $329.90 / €349.90, with a red version launching later on. Polar also made the bands on the M600 swappable, so you can change yours out for another color if you’d like.[press]
Polar Introduces Polar M600 Sports Watch Powered by Android Wear™
Polar M600 combines the best of both worlds: leading heart rate technology and the power of Android Wear
Kempele, Finland – August 3, 2016 – Polar, the leader in heart rate sensors, activity trackers, and wearable sports technology, announces the Polar M600, a waterproof sports watch powered by Android Wear. Built on Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform, Polar M600 features Polar’s proprietary optical heart rate technology and provides wrist-based heart rate measurement via a 6-LED solution, using an algorithm designed and tested for maximum reliability. Polar M600 also provides integrated GPS, 24/7 activity tracking and Polar Smart Coaching features via the Polar App for Android Wear.
Designed for active training as well as a stylish accessory for a connected lifestyle, the Polar M600 is waterproof and boasts a high quality, sleek design with a 1.3 inch color touch display, a dedicated front button for quick and easy training control, and a battery life of more than 48 hours when connected to Android devices. The soft, comfortable silicone wristband is available in black and white, with a new red band coming later this year.
“Polar is known for bringing smarts into sports,” says Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar. “Polar created the first heart rate monitor, the first activity tracker and now we’re the first true sports wearables company to announce a smartwatch truly made for sports. Powered by Android Wear, Polar M600 offers our customers countless opportunities to customize their smartwatch and still rely on the unique Polar sports wearable experience that is at its core.”
Pairing the evolving world of Android Wear with Polar’s training expertise gives customers access to Polar’s unique sports offering including Smart Coaching features such as Activity Guide, as well as Android Wear capabilities. In addition to training and insight into daily activity and workouts, users can access Android Wear’s voice control, customize watch faces, receive calendar notifications, read and reply to texts when using an Android phone, scroll through social media feeds and access more than 4,000 third party apps via Google Play. Polar M600 offers 4 Gb of internal storage and customers can sync their music through Google Play and listen to it also without their smartphone.
Polar Flow allows users to view their activity, heart rate training and sleep details via the iOS and Android apps, and the web services offer even more in-depth insights into their fitness, recovery and progress. Polar M600 users can also benefit from the new Polar Running Program, a personalized and adaptive training plan, available now for free in Polar Flow. Runners choose an event (5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon), and the Running Program creates a training plan that fits their current fitness level, adapts to their progress and offers easy-to-follow instructions that help runners focus on what’s important for improvement.
Polar M600 will be available globally in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $329.90 / €349.90 later this year. Changeable wristbands in Polar Red will also be available later this year.
*Note: Android Wear is a trademark of Google Inc
Polar is the leading pioneer in heart rate monitoring, activity trackers and training computers. With nearly 40 years of experience and a proud heritage in innovative physiological and sports medical research, we cater to all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range including cycling computers, wearable sports devices and activity trackers, training apps and online services. Our award-winning training computers are the number one choice among consumers worldwide, being sold through over 35,000 retailers globally. Headquartered near Oulu in Finland, Polar is a privately held company that operates in more than 80 countries including U.S. headquarters in Lake Success, NY. For more information, please visit polar.com.