Not everyone has to spend a lot on a GPS smartwatch, but with Suunto’s latest style, the cost is coming down.
Wearable devices can give you the bulk of notifications before checking your phone, but they can also be handy ways to check in on where you’ve walked, run, and generally just exercised.
Grab a smartwatch and chances are it’ll monitor how many steps you take, hitting those activity goals, but if you need something to track where you’re going, you might want something a little more connected, so to speak. This is especially true if you plan to go for a walk or run without your phone, because while many devices can use your phone as a GPS tracker, you can also find handheld devices with GPS inside.
One problem with GPS-based wearables is the price: this connection in such a small device usually doesn’t come cheap, fetching a hefty price tag due to the technology inside. Take Suunto’s 9 Peak last year, a watch that cost a serious thousand dollars for the stainless steel model and pushed a bit more for the titanium model.
This year, Suunto cuts some of that with a variation on a theme, launching the 5 Peak, a style that swaps the alloy and glass design for a plastic and stainless steel design, while keeping the tech up there. .
The Peak 5 will feature five positioning technologies, covering GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou and QZSS, with up to 20 hours of connection in performance or 40 in endurance mode, while turning off GPS should reveal up to 10 days of life. .
GPS connectivity is just part of the watch, with plenty of sport modes, heart rate tracking, and a feature to track how many grams of fat and carbs you’ve exercised while the watch itself also does the typical wearable thing and tracks steps, calories, and sleep. It also offers music controls, handy for people who still plan to run with their phone, but don’t want to pull it out to change tracks.
And it also comes at a different price, halving the Suunto 9’s thousand dollar minimum price to $499 in Australia.
“The introduction of the Suunto 5 Peak builds on our ever-growing portfolio of sports watches available to Australian consumers and brings some of our key performance tracking features to a GPS sports watch for the first time under $500,” said Damian Commane, Suunto’s Australia and New Zealand manager.
“Our new design makes it more visually appealing than ever, and consumers can have peace of mind as they explore the beauty of the world around them, they’re wearing a watch made with 100% renewable energy from a company committed to sustainability,” he said.
The weight is also very interesting, with a weight of 39 grams which helps to keep the Suunto 5 Peak streamlined and light, and not to interfere too much with your activities.
You’ll find it in stores this month, available at The Good Guys, Officeworks, Myer and Costco.