OK folks, CES announcements start tomorrow. We’re expecting several announcements, including the much anticipated Fenix 4/Fenix 5 – The Fenix 3 was permanently discounted recently so this one would seem very likely indeed. Suunto will hopefully reveal the Spartan Trainer (and hopefully finish the Spartan Ultra, no rush Suunto!!). Polar should announce something to replace the v800 but rumour has it they won’t be ready for a few months. I’d still like to see them announce though, just so we know where to stand in terms of plans for devices this summer.
For bikes, I would expect a new Edge 1000 (Edge 1010 probably, or Edge 1020 to match the Edge 520 and Edge 820). This is overdue and the current device looks dated compared to the newer siblings so anyone wanting a larger screen has to either invest in an older device at the end of its lifecycle, or wait and hope. Polar may announce a replacement for the v650 too, but I won’t hold my breath there – they don’t seem to have really embraced the off-wrist device category.
I’m also hoping to see some more truly competetive stuff from other companies. Bike computers especially are starting to heat up with new entrants to the market and a customer base itching to get out from the Garmin fingers crossed style of firmware updates. On the wrist, there is already plenty of choice from the likes of TomTom, Apple, Samsung and others but for sports nobody currenty competes with Fenix 3 as an overall package. It has just enough smart watch and oodles of sport. The competition is doing less well because they have oodles of (pointless?) smartwatch and just enough sport. Time will tell. Long term I think Apple and Samsung will take the industry and destroy everything we love about current gen sport watches – they did it with phones and any early 2000’s phone power user will tell you there’s a whole lot still missing from current gen smartphones. Call quality for one!
So, use the comment section below to say what you’d like to see, or are expecting to see this year at the worlds biggest gadget-fest. Needless to say this site won’t be reporting – once they get announced they are no longer rumours! DCRainmaker.com is in attendance and usually offers a good skeptical view of what gets announced. There will also be a thousand sites out there which copy and paste marketing blurb. We call those “clickbait” 🙂
p.s. appologies for the mess of a site/menu at the moment as I try to bend this CMs to my will. I know what I want and am starting to think coding my own CMS may be the best option!