Suunto’s first Wear OS smartwatch is taking on Garmin with outdoor offline maps
Unless you’re a die-hard fitness watch enthusiast, you’ve probably never heard of Suunto, but the company’s latest wrist-worn gadget may have a larger audience than before. It seems to be the company’s first smartwatch, its first Wear OS watch, and a watch that tries to make the smartwatch operating system of Google more casual than ever before.
It’s called the Suunto 7, and it sounds like it’s a multisport watch with GPS tracking, offline outdoor charts, heart rate sensors, an altimeter, sleep tracker, and (70-plus) workout modes you’d expect from a Garmin-style fitness watch. There are also the standard advantages of Google’s Wear OS, such as calling Google Assistant, turn-by-turn Google Maps directions, Google Fit, Google’s apps and watch faces catalog, and being able to tap on your wrist to pay with Google Pay.
The company also says that at 48 hours battery life, or 12 hours in GPS / GLONASS / Galileo tracking mode, it has a pretty decent-sized battery for a Wear OS watch. If real, that would be more than we usually see from Wear OS watches (we haven’t checked anyone who gets more than 18 hours of battery life reliably), but it’s a good bit short of what the industry expects from sports watches— far less sports watches with built-in solar panels. It uses the same chip as other recent WearOS apps for Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
This is not a small watch with a face of 50 mm (1.97-in) and a body with a thickness of over half an inch. But that’s not unusual for watches that can be worn down a tree-topped trail while swimming (it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters) or weaving a mountain bike. It takes adjustable straps of regular 24 mm, weighs 70 grams, and will be available for $499.99 at the end of January.