Back to school with the September slope


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With the summer practically behind us, September is coming and promises to be full of news. I'm sure you've noticed this month of August was a bit quiet (actually not so quiet, as I was able to complete the analysis of the new Suunto 9), but the reason is none other than having been finalizing the preparation of the Vichy Ironman 70.3 -of which I will soon tell you all the details-, and of course a well-deserved vacation especially for the family.

So let this post be a signal to say that I am still very much alive, even though we have had two new devices that I have not told you about yet: the Fitbit Charge 3 and the Garmin Vivosmart 4, two new activity bracelets that show that segment is still alive, or at least the manufacturers want it to continue with maximum relevance.

But don't worry, that will come. What else do we have for September? Well, a lot of things, I guess to make up for a summer that has been pretty quiet. The first proper name that will come to mind for all of you is Polar, with a couple of models that will finally become official in a couple of weeks. There's already a lot of information circulating about the Polar Vantage V and Polar Vantage M, but the most important thing is missing: confirmation of what's new and what all the stuff on the back of the Polar Vantage V is for.

What else... Wahoo. They have their watch ready since the beginning of the year but they are not decided to put it on the market. What are they waiting for? Well, they are probably working hard on the software. Little is known about it beyond that it will be a multisport watch and, as far as you can see in the images, it will use Valencell's optical sensor (like the one in Suunto 9, for example).

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What about Garmin? This year it hasn't introduced much (for which we're used to) and product renewal is mandatory, if only to continue introducing its Garmin Pay wireless payment solution. Doing so is crucial in order to reach agreements with the different banks, as the more devices on the market, the more interest it can arouse so that it can be adapted. At least in theory, because we already see that it's not something that encourages banks to offer mobile payment solutions with Android or iOS.

Still, Forerunner 235 has been asking for a replacement for some time. With the Forerunner 645 Garmin has been in the market for a few months and it is time for Garmin to renew its mid-range as well. And of course, there will be a Music version with the possibility of playing music.

Suunto has just presented the Suunto 9which was preceded by the Suunto 3I guess you're already clear about the nomenclature change... Well, Suunto 7 should arrive before the end of the year (or wait for the Las Vegas CES), equivalent to Suunto Spartan Sport. Later, a Suunto 5 would come to update Suunto Spartan Trainer.

Of course we have to keep an eye on Apple, which is presenting new phones in the Keynote on September 12, where we will presumably see a new Apple Watch as well as presenting new features for its operating system.

So... are you ready? Then we'll have to get going.

And with that... thanks for reading!


Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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  1. Good morning. I take the opportunity to welcome you and to make a consultation. Garmin thanks 235 with wrist sensor or Vivoactive 3.Use would be running, running and walking in the mountains more than 6h.I have a fitbit charge 2 for activity monitoring, so it would be just running and walking. Thanks and a greeting

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