Google IO 2017 Coverage

New Balance announces the RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch at CES

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We’ve been waiting for a new set of Android Wear devices for a while now, and it looks like 2017 is going to deliver. New Balance has announced a new RunIQ Android Wear device that wants to tackle fitness tracking by throwing in every feature you could possibly need, backed by Google’s smartwatch platform.

The RunIQ takes Android Wear and all of the great features that it offers and builds on that with a ton of fitness tracking extras. There’s a big screen, a heart rate monitor, GPS tracking, and decent battery life. The only thing that’s not to like is the $299 price tag, but that’s to be expected with something as loaded as this thing. Interestingly, it does run an Intel Atom CPU, so Intel and New Balance had a pretty close collaboration to bring this watch to market. Other specs include 4GB of internal storage for music, and 512MB of RAM. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen “flagship” devices with half a gigabyte of RAM, but hey, it’s a watch.

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  • Sync with STRAVA – Enables runners to connect and share workouts with a global community of athletes without a smartphone through built-in capability.

  • Bring the Music – Sync, store and listen to playlists downloaded from Google Play Music.

  • Map Every Workout – Track course, pace and distance with built-in GPS.

  • Track Heart Rate – Monitor heart rate in real time and stay in the target zone.

  • Keep the Pace – Track run time and intervals with a dedicated one-tap LAP button.

  • Marathon Battery Life – 24 hours of battery life with typical use or up to 5 hours of continuous life with GPS and heart rate monitoring.

  • Stay Connected – Get smartphone notifications and reply on-the-go when connected to a smartphone or Wi-Fi network.

If you’re interested, New Balance will have the watch up for preorder tomorrow morning for $299. If you’d like to hold out and see what else CES has in store before throwing money down, well, I wouldn’t blame you.

source: Intel


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid and an unhealthy obsession with fixing things that aren't broken. This accidentally led to being the go-to guy for anything more complicated than a toaster, which he considers more of a curse than a blessing. Jared is enrolled in online classes at the University of Phoenix, and spends his spare time on video games and listening to music.