|Recommendation:||Spartan Ultra will replace the Ambit Line|
Never – Spartan Ultra replaces this.
|Ambit||JAN 18, 2012||APR 2012|
|Ambit 2||APR 29, 2013||MAY 2013|
|Ambit 2R||JAN 28, 2014||MAR 2014|
|Ambit 2S||APR 29, 2013||MAY 2013|
|Ambit 3 Peak||JULY 10TH, 2014||SEPT 2014|
|Ambit 3 Sport||JULY 10TH, 2014||SEPT 2014|
- Colour Screen
- Vibration alerts
- Bigger screen
- Modern Apps
- App Store
- Dual BTLE/ANT+ Sensor support
- Running Power
- Live tracking?
- Running Dynamics with new sensor
- Virtual racer
- Stress tracking
- Strava Segments
- Optical HR
Update – OK so I was wrong about CES 2016. Suunto have since released the Vertical and now nobody knows what they heck they are up to. The Vertical hardware was a good step, moving the GPS internal but didn’t go as far as expected and dropped various Ambit features. This leaves the vertical both better and worse than an Ambit. Weird. I still expect an Ambit 4 this year with further hardware improvements. After all, if this was all we’re getting why remove features from software?
The Ambit series has not had a major update since July 2014 when Suunto changed to BTLE sensors. Given their history with Ant+ and the backlash they faced with the swap I think it’s possible they may decide to go with dual support for the Ambit 4. The chipset will support this anyway so enabling is probably just a firmware change and a licence fee. This would make them the only major vendor with dual support and would make their customers happy.
Colour screens are a no brainer these days. Although black and white is usually easier to read while in an activity, marketing will push this through regardless to keep up with the Jones’ (aka Garmin).
Another thing that’s hard to get away from is Garmin’s “superior” support for apps. While we have yet to see this become truly useful it’s hard to resist matching them in the face of pressure coming from Android and Apple devices which have much better app support. While nobody is shouting about it, this will quickly become a must have so I expect it to come in the Ambit 4.