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Withings' new Steel HR has an analog display, heart rate sensor and 25-day battery life

Withings, the consumer electronics company that was just recently picked up by Nokia, has just taken the wraps off its new activity tracker, the Withings Steel HR.

Published onSeptember 1, 2016

Withings Steel HR IFA 2016

Withings, the consumer electronics company that was just recently picked up by Nokia, has just taken the wraps off its new activity tracker, the Withings Steel HR. With an analog display, optical heart rate monitor and 25-day battery life, the Steel HR is definitely worth your attention.

As you may have guessed, the new Steel HR is the successor to 2015’s Activité Steel. While you may see a few similarities in the design department, these are two very different wearables. The big news here is that the Steel HR comes with an optical heart rate monitor, which will automatically track your continuous heart rate during workouts, average heart rate throughout the day, and resting heart rate while you’re sleeping.

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The Steel HR has a dynamic digital display
Also new with the Steel HR is its display. It still has a traditional analog display with a second dial that showcases your percentage of personal daily activity goal achieved. This time, however, there’s a dynamic digital screen at the top that shows health data and smartphone notifications. Tapping the button on the side of the watch will allow you to cycle through info such as calories burned, daily steps, distance, sleep duration and smart alarm, and even your call, text and email phone notifications.

Since this has a heart rate monitor on board, you won’t be able to achieve the same eight-month battery life like you can with the Activité Steel. Compared to other fitness trackers out there, though, the Steel HR’s 25-day battery life isn’t bad at all.

It should also be noted that the Steel HR will be available in two sizes: 36mm and 40mm. The 36mm case option comes with an 18mm strap and will be available in black and white, while the 40mm case version, with a 20mm strap, will be available in black. Both versions will launch at the beginning of October on Withings’ website for $179.95 and $199.95, respectively. Retail availability will follow at the end of October.

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