Monthly Polar Update – September 2018

This month we’ve seen a lot of updates from Polar. Rumors of the Vantage V and M have proven correct and you can now pre-order the watch for delivery sometime in November.

Polar Update
Polar Watches
Polar Bike Computers

Polar Update

Polar have announced a reasonable update to their line-up and one which I expect to see keeping them in the game and possible clawing back some market share. Assuming they actually finish the watch for launch I think a few people will come back from Polar and Suunto, especially those who have real training needs. For others who like toys, features and data point collection I suspect this will confirm that Polar isn’t for them. And that’s fine too, Polar now know their place in the world and have committed to it well. Ability to execute will be key here, especially after the abysmal launch of the v800 4 years ago where features took years to arrive.

My take on the Vantage Launch
TFK has lots of posts, this one seems to be the root
DCRainmaker Everything you ever wanted to know

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High End Polar RCX 5 Released Mar 2011 this watch is very out of date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Midrange Polar RCX3 Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date
Polar RC3 GPS Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date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. Navigation for the Vantage V in update 3.0
    https://www.polar.com/en/vantage/updates

    • Thanks for the info. At this point we have zero evidence those timelines will be met so be careful. As I said on the Suunto post today, a Ferrari dealer isn’t interested that you’ll probably win the lotto next month – you still don’t get the car! Work on what’s there today to avoid disappointment if you only plan to have one device, and if you need features on the to do list DON’T BUY THE DEVICE. Manufacturers will continue to abuse customer trust if we don’t vote with our feet, as Greg rightly pointed out recently in comments.
      From what I can tell without having seen a watch yet, the training functionality is there and if it’s in line with my M430 is some of the best available. Navigation is not target market here, but certainly will be a nice to have as will some of the other features. As long as we expect nothing new to come, everything will be a bonus.

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