New Balance is rising a fitness-focused Android Wear watch

January 6, 2017 - running watch

Fitness association New Balance is releasing a initial Android Wear watch, a RunIQ. In line with a brand, it’s a running-focused smartwatch that a association is building by partnerships with Intel (for hardware), Google (for software), and Strava (for run tracking).

The RunIQ has a built-in GPS and heart rate guard for tracking runs, and is waterproof adult to 5ATM of pressure. New Balance is claiming adult to 5 hours of battery life for a RunIQ while actively regulating a GPS, or adult to 24 hours for what it terms “typical use.” However, while a RunIQ will be using Android Wear, it’s still misleading either or not it will be using a arriving 2.0 chronicle of a smartwatch OS when it launches.

Strava is powering a aptness tracking side of a RunIQ, though a smartwatch will have a possess online amicable network for pity workouts and competing with friends, a New Balance Global Run Club. New Balance also will be charity real-world New Balance Run Club meetups in a stores, along with orderly runs and classes for members.

New Balance is also teaming adult with wireless headphone builder Jabra for a PaceIQ sports earbuds, a messenger product to a RunIQ. The PaceIQ headphones a span of fitness-focused Bluetooth headphones designed to span adult with a RunIQ for personification behind Google Play song directly from a smartwatch. They also offer a dedicated “Sports Button” to yield approach practice feedback from a RunIQ.

The RunIQ will be accessible for preorder on Jan 4th for $299.99, while a PaceIQ headphones will cost $109.99. Both New Balance-branded products are set to boat on Feb 1st.

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