New Polar Toys

*UPDATE* Here we go Nowyoucan site. Probably one of the below due for announcement in just under 6 days (next Wednesday lunchtime UTC)

*UPDATE 2* Well this is interesting, there are two different images in the campaigne. One, the main one, doesn’t have an HR bump. Another, very clearly does on Facebook

*Update 3* pictures here thanks to Naiboo.

Google cache pics thanks to Niklas-P.

Video thanks to Bob.

Article thanks to Grembol.

It’s about that time we had some new toys from Polar everyone. A little digging, a little luck, but we finally have some newey newness for you to read about. OK, not much but everything my Google-fu could provide.

Polar have just hired a new Sales and Marketing bod. Just kidding, I know you’re not interested in business news!

I give you…Polar M200 and M600. (that link may work soon, right now a holding page but is Owned by Polar Electro Oy)

Thank goodness for lawyers as they say (no, nobody says that). Paper trails all over the place. In this case, trademark filings can be seen at Polar trademarks.

The below would suggest that the M600 may be Android Wear, waterproof and supports mapping. This is a very different direction for Polar so take it with a pinch of salt. They do have Android experience, so there is no reason they couldn’t create a training app and reduce development effort by leveraging someone else’s platform. This would allow them to concentrate on features. Naturally battery will need to be considered here as mainstream smart watch devices are generally not as long lasting as our sport specific ones, but Polar may have cracked that little puzzle, we’ll have to wait and see.
I found no evidence of the M200 other than trademark, so we’ll all have to keep our eyes peeled for that one.

These are in the M range (whatever that means!), so although there is still zero evidence of the October launch of a Polar V800 successor, we still have plenty of time for something triathlon focussed and higher range. It could make sense to have a “serious” range with the “Vxxx” and a “consumer” with the “Mxxx”. This would allow a great battery life, readable screen etc. on the serious watches while offering the smart stuff and fart apps on a consumer range to appeal to the masses. Exciting times ๐Ÿ™‚

M600

23 Comments

  1. hot, im really excited since i own a m400 and want to upgrade to a V800 or maybe M600, depends…

    • Personally I’d wait until October before making that choice unless you have a very good reason to replace the m400 soon.

      • yeah iยดll wait to kona, lets see what they release

  2. Polar posted a teaser video on their Facebook page. To me it looks like a bigger A360 with GPS and more running oriented features. I have the M400 and love it, will probably wait until after my fall marathon to upgrade.

    • Thanks for the link, that looked really good although now taken down. For those who didn’t see, it looked like a colour v800.

      • true, were removed but i did a backup yesterday ๐Ÿ˜›

        http://postimg.org/gallery/25z551l94/

        • My imagination or is that guy pressing two buttons on the “strap”?

          • i guess there is one button in the center below the screen, and one left and one right at the same level.

  3. Wonder what this means for iOS compatibility, or maybe Polar has built a sync utility for m600 to the Polar Flow iOS app.

    • I’m positive that the Flow app on iOS will still work.

  4. here you go… a video…
    And yes that’s Android wear!

    http://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t50.2886-16/13869689_158071741282560_1499521963_n.mp4

    • That fingernail though ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  5. Google translate says: 4gb internal memory for music playback, gorilla glass 3 and tracking in backgroiund while using maps
    http://www.computerbild.de/artikel/cb-News-Sport-Polar-M600-Erster-Eindruck-der-smarten-Android-Sportuhr-16068869.html

  6. Thanks to all for your comments on this one, I’ve been busy with work so not been able to copy into the main text yet. Also sorry for the slow approvals for new posters, I get massive amounts of spam so it takes a while ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. MediaTekโ€™s Wearable SoC Adopted by Polar Electro, Taiwanese Media Says

    http://en.ctimes.com.tw/DispNews.asp?O=HK08294O0KISAA00NS

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