It was during a much-anticipated fan conference that the Finnish brand lifted the veil on its news. sports smartwatches. On the program: the announcement of the Grit X Pro, new colors for the Vantage V2 and some software improvements for the Unity.
Polar is not idle at the end of the year and is catching up on the competition with great hardware and software developments.
Polar Grit X Pro: a watch made for the outdoors
Did you like the Grit X? Then you will love the Grit X Pro, the latest addition to the Finnish brand’s catalog.
Offering a slightly revisited look, the new sports watch from Polar is aimed at outdoor sports enthusiasts. For that, it received a MIL-STD-810G certification which allows it to withstand extreme temperatures, from -20 ° to 50 ° C. It is also waterproof up to 100 m and benefits from a sapphire crystal. The screen is 1.2 ” with a definition of 240 x 240 px. As always, he uses technology transflective for a perfectly readable display in direct sunlight.
But it’s not so much the design that appeals to the Grit X Pro. This connected watch comes above all to erase one of the big faults of its ancestors: the lack of a real navigation system. Thanks to the carriage of ABC sensors, the Finnish smartwatch is able to display dashboards grouping together a lot of information such as atmospheric pressure, orientation, or sunrise/sunset times. Add to that the navigation turn by turn via Komoot, a function TrackBack, and you will have enough to cover the beaten track without risking getting lost. Of course, the calculation of height differences Hill Splitter is always in the game.
Apart from this – big – novelty, the Grit X Pro takes over most of the features of the 2020 Grit X: refueling indicator Fuel Wise, training load and recovery, running power, physical tests as well as the music controller launched with the Vantage V2. In terms of autonomy, Polar promises us 40 to 100 hours of use in GPS mode and seven days in connected mode.
The Polar Grit X Pro watch price is € 499, the same price as the Vantage V2. A Titan version with a titanium case is also available and sold for € 599. The Titan model is advertised as 12% lighter than the classic model.
New colors and features for the Vantage V2 and Unite
The Grit X Pro was not the only novelty presented by Polar at the end of the year. Vantage V2 and Unite also benefit from some improvements.
First, the Vantage V2 is available in a new version called Shift. It is simply a model with universal bracelets. The red color is also appearing alongside more classic black and silver models.
Second, the beauty will also benefit from the navigation services Track Back as well as new route and elevation profiles launched on the Grit X Pro. Polar thus eliminates the main aesthetic and software shortcomings of the Vantage V2. It’s nice!
These improvements still come at a high price. The Shift edition costs € 50 more than the classic version with its proprietary bracelets, amounting to € 549.
For its part, the entry-level Polar Unite is also equipped with new red and teal colors. Note that these are only bracelets, the plastic case remains black. On the software side, the beauty is now able to connect to external hardware such as a chest strap. It also benefits from the arrival of Weekly Summary Mode and Power Source Tracking. So it’s a nice update that makes this sports watch sold for less than 150 € even more attractive!
Source: Polar conference