Polar today announces a new version for its Ignite 3, the fitness and multisport watch that Polar launched late last year. The Polar Ignite 3 Titanium, as the name suggests, offers a titanium bezel to complement a high-quality package along with the AMOLED display of the steel-bezel model.
The new finish brings a couple of new software features: temperature measurement at night and recovery guidance during training. These new features will also be available in the Polar Ignite 3 original, which feature the latest version of Polar's optical pulse sensor.
Polar Ignite 3 Titanium, features and news
The basic features of this new model are the same as those found in the Polar Ignite 3 that was announced a few months ago. I will detail them below for your reference, along with the specific new features of this new version.
- – New - Titanium bezel
- 1.28″ AMOLED touchscreen with "always on" function
- Curved lens with Gorilla Glass protection against scratches
- 43mm in diameter which, together with the almost 1.3″ screen, makes for a fairly small bezel for what Polar is used to.
- 35 grams weight (same weight as the version with steel bezel)
- Faster processor for better clock performance and improved animations
- Dual band GNSS chipset
- Latest version of Polar Precision Prime optical pulse sensor (same as Polar Pacer and Polar Pacer Pro)
- Autonomy: up to 5 days in clock mode, up to 30 hours of GPS use and up to 100 hours in power saving mode
- Different clock face options with customizable widgets
- – New - Overnight temperature monitoring
- – New - Recovery time guide for strength or high intensity workouts
- SleepWise, a new sleep analysis function with indication of the most important moments of the day according to how the rest has been
- Voice guidance of workouts through the Polar Flow app, either through the speakerphone or through headphones connected to the phone
- Fitness, Walking and Running Tests
- Interchangeable 20mm standard type strap
- Price:369€ (silicone strap) - 399€ (leather strap + silicone). The steel version is priced at 329€.
The Polar Ignite 3 continues to stand out in the Polar product range for its generous AMOLED display and for being the brand's first watch to use multi-band satellite reception technology (although the performance could be improved as I found out in the watch review.).
New features for all Ignite 3 Polars
Beyond the new titanium bezel finish, there are two new features announced today with the Ignite 3 Titanium. The first is focused on health and the second on training.
Nighttime skin temperature
The Ignite 3 will automatically measure your skin temperature at 5-minute intervals during the night. With this data and for 28 days it will average your usual body temperature, and every morning it will give us a comparison of the temperature of the night together with the average of the last month.
What does this tell you? Obviously an indication of possible illness if you are starting to get a fever. Or simply that something is not right with your body, especially if you put it together with other health metrics such as the heart rate variability or differences in respiration.
It is also an important piece of information for women in helping to track the menstrual cycle, as the basal body temperature usually decreases one or two days before the cycle begins.
Training and recovery guide
Polar debuts a new algorithm that helps define when it is the right time to start a new training block. Perfect for strength training or high intensity intervals.
This algorithm analyzes your heart rate during the training and rest phases in order to make a personalized guide and notify you when recovery has been sufficient and you should start the next repetition.
In this case Polar recommends using an external pulse sensor to ensure a good performance of the algorithm. Not because the watch's pulse sensor is more or less accurate, but because it has some delay in the pulse estimation, which can distort the function, which obviously must measure "to the second" to be effective.
Polar Ignite 3 Titanium, availability and pricing
The Polar Ignite 3 Titanium can now be purchased directly from the Polar website and other stores, joining the other Polar Ignite 3 models that were available until now.
And the truth is that the price hardly increases, since from the 329 € that costs the original goes to 369 € in the version with the titanium bezel, and an additional 30 € to have the brown leather strap (399 €).
Review Polar Ignite 3 Titanium
The Polar Ignite 3 was a nice turn of the wheel for what we were used to from Polar. A good AMOLED display with a fairly small screen border (especially considering what is usual for Polar), multiband satellite reception for the first time in the brand and all this in only 35 grams of weight. And all things considered, with a quite reasonable battery life!
Today Polar adds the version with titanium bezel and optionally with leather strap, for those looking for "something more". And a couple of new features are added in the software section, which will also reach the Ignite 3 in steel.
Is it enough for the segment in which it operates? Probably, since it is a watch intended to be used in fitness and health where the aesthetics of the watch and quality of the screen take precedence over other things like pure features or outstanding GNSS performance.
But I am somewhat concerned with Polar, as they seem to have slowed down their machinery noticeably. Their last "major" announcement, at least in the performance sport segment (which has been paramount for Polar so far) was over a year ago with the unveiling of the Polar Pacer Pro and Polar Pacer. They came with new hardware but hardly anything new in software... and no movement to this day.
The Polar Grit X was introduced over three years ago (with the Grit X Pro at the end of 2021), the Vantage V2 is also going to be three years on the market... and the only new thing we've had from Polar this year is the watch at hand and the announcement of a Casio Powered by Polar in which Polar licenses the use of its algorithms to a third-party manufacturer.
I'm still waiting for some major announcement from Polar this 2023, something that brings something fresh to the market. Perhaps a watch with AMOLED display, of course with multiband and new science based training features, which is what best defines Polar. Possibly a replacement for the Grit X Pro for the high end.