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If you remember the COROS announcement from a couple of weeks ago (before the start of the Black Friday...), COROS launched the beta in which the first 1,000 people to sign up pod could test the maps on the COROS VERTIX and COROS APEX Pro, two models that came to the market with very basic navigation and that today officially include the maps.

That beta update becomes today's final version and is available to all users of those models, and it also comes with other new features that COROS had not announced until now.

Obviously the addition of the maps is the highlight, but VERTIX and APEX Pro are not the only ones to be updated, there are also new features for VERTIX 2 and APEX.

Here is the complete list of new products for all models:

VERTIX and APEX Pro Choros Upgrades

Available today, November 22

  • Availability of topographic and geographic maps
  • Walking profile
  • Support for Galileo satellites
  • ANT+ potentiometer calibration 
  • Action camera control: Insta360 ONE X2, ONE R, GoPro 9 and GoPro 10 (Insta360 was announced, GoPro is new)
  • Configurable shortcut with the LIGHT button
  • New language: Italian
  • Increased number of sports from 3 to 5 for multisport activities
  • The rest option in interval training now allows for distance
  • Synchronization of routes with Komoot

 

Update PACE 2 CHORUS 

Available from November 24

  • Walking profile
  • Support for Galileo satellites
  • ANT+ potentiometer calibration 
  • Action camera control: Insta360 ONE X2, ONE R, GoPro 9 and GoPro 10 (Insta360 was announced, GoPro is new)
  • New language: Italian
  • Increased number of sports from 3 to 5 for multisport activities
  • The rest option in interval training now allows for distance

 

VERTIX 2 CHOROS Update

Available from November 29th

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  • Walking profile
  • Action camera control: Insta360 ONE X2, ONE R, GoPro 9 and GoPro 10 (Insta360 was announced, GoPro is new)
  • The rest option in interval training now allows for distance
  • Synchronization of routes with Komoot

 

Update COROS APEX 46mm and 42mm (Dec)

Available throughout the month of December

  • Support for Galileo satellites
  • Synchronization of routes with Komoot

In addition COROS announces that there will be no more features added to these two models as the watch has already reached its memory limit. They will receive performance improvements in the future.

Updating CHOROS

With respect to the maps and Galileo satellite support I had already discussed all about it in the article from two weeks ago (I recommend you to take a look at it if you want to read all the details), in today's article I would like to discuss some of the other new features included with this update.

I can start with the possibility of synchronizing routes with Komoot. This navigation platform is making its way at a very high rate among all manufacturers. It was already compatible with Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Apple Watch and now also COROS.

Komoot is a navigation platform where podemos create our routes, or synchronize and share them as a social network. A kind of Strava but more oriented to the routes themselves than to the performance we have had in our training.

Recently COROS added sync with Strava routes and today it does the same with Komoot routes, which will automatically sync bi-directionally once you've paired the platform from the app.

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There is a new sport profile for walking, something that was being quite demanded by COROS users in their Facebook group. In this profile the differentiating aspect is that it allows to add the "steps" field as a data field.

That way it is possible to use steps as a target metric for both training and lap marking. It may be a good idea to use steps as a target because if the walking is more of a stroll through city centers with stops, buildings and slow speeds; in those situations the GPS has a very erratic performance.

The next new highlight is the ability to control cameras from the watch. COROS had already announced support for the Insta360 One X2 and One R, but the news is that there is also support for GoPro Hero 9 and Hero 10.

GoPro CHOROS

As for the other two functions (interval rest distance and potentiometer calibration), they simply allow you to do what their name suggests.

 

Summary

As I indicated two weeks ago, the fact that COROS is concerned about adding level features to watches that have been on the market for years is something to value very positively. Not only for me, but especially for the users.

Instead of focusing on developing its latest model and reserving innovations exclusively for its most expensive option, COROS is continuing its commitment to continue offering innovations for watches already in its range as long as the hardware is capable of supporting them.

It is their way of gaining market share and I certainly think it is the right thing to do. A satisfied customer will buy your product again and will also promote it by word of mouth to other users.

And with that... thanks for reading!

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