Android Wear smartwatches offer basic step counting and heart rate monitoring, but fitness accessory maker Polar believes there's room for a more comprehensive solution. The Finnish company has launched the Polar M600, which offers an optical heart rate sensor with six LEDs, 1.3-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 240 x 240.
The waterproof Polar M600 is a far cry from the likes of the Moto 360 when it comes to looks, but that's not the main function of the watch. The M600 is designed to offer extensive fitness tracking and coaching features to get you moving.
The 1.3-inch display is housed in an interchangeable silicone band, and the M600 features integrated GPS, GLONASS, 4GB internal storage, and a 500mAh battery that's good for 48 hours of use when paired with an Android phone. The M600 has a companion app called Polar Flow that lets you view your activity history and create personalized training routines.
From Polar's Chief Strategy Officer Marco Suvilaakso:
Polar is known for bringing smarts into sports. Polar created the first heart rate monitor, the first activity tracker and now we're the first true sports wearables company to announce a smartwatch truly made for sports. Powered by Android Wear, Polar M600 offers our customers countless opportunities to customize their smartwatch and still rely on the unique Polar sports wearable experience that is at its core.
Polar mentions that the M600 will be available in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $329.90 or €349.90 later this year. In addition to the black and white bands, a red color option will also be made available.