Monthly Suunto Roundup – April 2019

A new Suunto is on the way in the form of the Suunto 5, an update to the Spartan Trainer series. I finally got access to the Suunto API so I guess they are catching up with applications there. IT’s pretty basic though, with only three functions right now. It’s a good direction though so hopefully we’ll see them add more functionality soon (and maybe apps on the devices please?!).

Suunto Update
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Suunto Update

There isn’t a lot of news this month on Suunto unless you count dive watches.

On the FCC site we have the Suunto 5 application.

Elsewhere on the web, there are no recent Suunto stories.

Firmware Updates

Spartan updates can be found here

Version 2.6.54

Staged release starting April 24, 2019

This update brings a new feature, added performance enhancements as well as some fixes (we’ve highlighted a few below)

New Feature:

  • Direction indicator when navigating a route

Enhancements and Fixes:

  • You can now also follow pace and power zones without setting a target
  • Improvements to FusedAlti (Spartan Ultra, Spartan WHR Baro)
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements

Suunto 9 Firmware can be found here

Version 2.6.54

Staged release starting April 24, 2019

This update brings a new feature, added performance enhancements as well as some fixes (we’ve highlighted a few below)

New Feature:

  • Direction indicator when navigating a route

Enhancements and Fixes:

  • You can now also follow pace and power zones without setting a target
  • Improvements to FusedAlti (Suunto 9 Baro)
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements

Suunto

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End Suunto Ambit Don’t buy this is very old (2012)
Suunto Ambit 2 Don’t buy unless you need Ant+, this is very old (2013)
Suunto Ambit 3 Don’t’ buy, this is very old (2014)
Suunto Ambit 4 Officially not going to happen, Spartan Series has replaced Ambit
Suunto Spartan Ultra Released Jun 2016. Suunto have created numerous models based on the same hardware (WAY too many to understand). There is likely a v2 in the works for this year to supercede the whole range.
Suunto >Spartan Ultra 2 Spartan is now replaced by the Suunto X series. The Ultra is replaced by the 9
Suunto Suunto 9 Baro Just released in June 2018 so don’t expect a replacement before 2020 This is the device reviewed as “Suunto 9” by most reviewers, but is not the newer, crapper Suunto 9
Midrange Suunto Suunto 9 Just released in September 2018 so don’t expect a replacement before 2020. This is the name in all the reviews, but a newer, slightly crap version of the device. Buyer beware, make sure you know what you’re buying. Yes, Suunto do have a watch called the Suunto 9 in both mid-range and high-end. Madness.
Suunto Spartan Sport, HR, Baro Released after the Ultra but based on the same hardware. Suunto have created numerous models based on the same hardware (WAY too many to understand). There is likely a v2 in the works for this year to supercede the whole range.
Suunto Spartan Sport, HR, Baro V2 Moving to the Suunto 7
Suunto Suunto 7 Due later this year, or might just be the Suunto 9.
Budget Suunto Spartan Trainer Seemingly based on different hardware than the Spartan series, this may have a different refresh cycle
Suunto Spartan Trainer 2 Probably not going to happen
Suunto Suunto 5 Coming in 2019
Fitness Suunto Suunto 3 Released 2018. Not a GPS watch so won’t be covered here
Randoms Suunto Kailash Buy if you can work out what it’s for or who it’s aimed at
Suunto Traverse Why Suunto, WHY!?

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