Monthly Polar Update – August 2018

This month we’ve not seen a lot of updates from Polar. Rumors of the Vantage V and M have exploded around the web, along with more details and a potential release date. Some sites are suggesting these rumours are wrong though, so I guess we’ll see in a month or so.

Polar Update
Polar Watches
Polar Bike Computers

Polar Update

Polar are behind when it comes to high end devices. Really behind. I’d list the features missing, but it’s easier just to say they have a long way to go to catch up. Replacements for the V800 and V650 have been overdue for a very long time. In their defence though, Polar have kept updating both devices and thier platform is a great one. As a general rule they also seem to be more concerned with creating training tools than adding features, which is nice up to a point.

So, what are we expecting and when? Polar confirmed last year that there would be something mid-2018, and here we are mid-2018. With all of the new device announcements going on over the next few weeks I’d expect Polar to at least announce and release pictures. Polar have always been quite good at keeping secrets compared to other companies who “leak” things before release. As such we don’t usually get a lot of information. There’s nothing on FCC or image search that I could find sadly, and we don’t even know what the device will be called yet!

In the news

Elsewhere on the web, here are some recent Polar stories:
RECENT Polar v650 review It’s not often that older devices are reviewed to see how the newer firmware has changed things. I’d like to see more of this type of review with a focus on training needs. If an old device can do everything you need why would you need a newer device for four times the cost?
While browsing I found Polar Innovations which shows Polar had R-R recording in 1995 on thier watches! They have a long history of innovation for training tools.

Polar Watches

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End Polar RCX 5 Released Mar 2011 this watch is very out of date
Polar v800 Wait – update is probably imminent. This watch is very, very old for a current watch (2014!). The M400 was just updated and that was launched near the v800. This watch is now so far behind the curve and so long overdue for replacement that Polar might have decided to exit the premium end of the market.
Polar Vantage V Due to be announced 16th September at the Berlin Marathon and available for October in White or Black, with a special Orange edition through some retailers (possibly Strava?).
Midrange Polar RCX3 Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date
Polar RC3 GPS Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date
Polar m400 Finally updated. This is a very old watch for a current model (2014) but is very cheap and still works well.
Polar m430 Launched April 2017 and based on M400 so shouldn’t be buggy, about to be replaced by Vantage M potentially
Polar Vantage M Due to be announced 16th September at the Berlin Marathon and available for October in White or Black, with a special Orange edition through some retailers (possibly Strava?).
Budget Polar M200 Buy, this was released Oct 2016 so we wouldn’t expect a replacement until late 2019 given the relatively slow update cycle at Polar
Smartwatch Polar M600 Released in Aug 2016 this was updated with new Androidwear in 2017. Given the fast pace of Android here I would not invest at this point in the life of the M600

Polar Bike Computers

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End Polar v650 Wait, this is very old for a current model and overdue for replacement (Jan 2014). This device is now so long overdue for replacement that Polar might have decided to exit the premium end of the market.
Polar v650.next Overdue, expected announcement at…who knows! This device is now so long overdue for replacement that Polar might have decided to exit the premium end of the market.
Midrange Polar M450 Replaced with….identical hardware and a new firmware. Normally I’d say buy if cheap, but Polar abandoned this for no reason so buyer beware.
Polar M460 Launched April 2017 this is M450 hardware with new firmware. Given the treatment of M450 owners I’d say be careful buying this. Yup, Amber warning for a “brand new” device. That’s a first for me.

2 Comments

  1. Many thank for the update lusty! You are doing the great job for tired of waiting customers 🙂

  2. According to information from a service technician, notice will take place in November. 🙂

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