(Pocket-lint) – Polar has announced a number of hardware and software changes to its line of sports watches, including the arrival of the new premium Grit X Pro.
The Finnish company unveiled the sequel to the standard Grit X alongside two new versions of the Vantage V2 – the Shift Edition and the Vantage M2 Red – as well as new colorways for the Polar Unite.
The Grit X Pro picks up where the regular Grit X left off, giving outdoor enthusiasts a new premium option to consider over offerings from Garmin, Suunto and others.
This latest model, which costs £ 439 / $ 499, offers 40 hours of battery life during GPS and HR tracking, 100 hours with power saving options and up to seven days in watch mode with 24/7 tracking.
Polar claims the design has been tested against military standards and can withstand water pressure of up to 100m and temperatures of -20 to 50 degrees Celsius. Now typical of high-end sports watches, the screen is also protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
As you might expect, this new sports watch – along with the lighter, more premium Grit X Pro Titan edition (£ 519 / $ 599) – are showcases for all of Polar’s smart software, and there are a few new additions here.
There is now the option of an always-on exterior dashboard, displaying a barometric altimeter, location coordinates, sunrise / sunset times, and compass information. Route and elevation profiles are also new, with Komoot’s step-by-step guidance providing the ups and downs of a trip and the TrackBack feature automatically reversing your route.
These are in addition to the already comprehensive Polar package, which includes features and tracking measures such as Running Power, Training Load Pro, Recovery Pro, Sleep Plus Stages and Nightly Recharge.
Updates to Vantage V2 and Unite
The Grit X Pro isn’t the only new thing either, as we mentioned above. The popular Vantage V2 model gets a few new editions – Shift and Red – while also receiving the new features of Grit X Pro via a software update.
Vantage V2 Shift is available in silver and black colourways, with quick release bars for the bands that allow the user to switch between a leather strap and a functional FKM. The Red Edition, on the other hand, is just a new option for those who want to add a splash of color to their wrist.
The Polar Unite also gets a lick of paint, with the company unveiling red and teal case options for the entry-level sports watch. Like the other two watches, it will also pick up on some of the new features from the software update, such as the weekly summary and energy sources (which give an overview of the type of calories you’re burning).
Overall, this represents a huge adjustment for the major players in Polar’s watch ecosystem, and one that helps it keep pace with its rivals. There’s nothing particularly revolutionary here in terms of hardware, but the iterative updates and declining software keep the lineup fresh.
We’ll be testing the Grit X Pro in due course, so stay tuned for our full verdict.
Written by Conor Allison. Originally published on .