Another day, another new entrant into the wearable devices category. This time it’s Adidas that has joined the mix with its own smartwatch of sorts geared toward runners with a built-in GPS system, pulse-based heart rate tracking, Wi-Fi connectivity, accelerometer and Bluetooth connectivity.
Key details like internal hardware are unknown at this hour but we are told it features top-notch building materials like silicone rubber, aluminum, magnesium and glass. It’ll be water-resistant so an impromptu rain shower or body sweat won't fry the internals – just don’t go swimming with it on.
The wearable isn’t a traditional smartwatch in the sense that it doesn’t communicate at all with your smartphone. That’s right, there’s no smartphone notification display or other handy features like you’d find with similar offerings. Perhaps it’s best to refer to it simply as a standalone fitness companion, but I digress.
There are a few other baked-in features that help the Adidas device stand on its own, however, like a media player that is capable of pushing tunes to your wireless Bluetooth headphones. It can also beam training suggestions via audio instead of music if you need a bit of guidance during your workout.
Battery life will all depend on how you use the watch. Turn on the GPU, stream some music or fitness prompts to a Bluetooth headset and you’re looking at about eight hours. More basic use could see the watch last for up to a week on a single charge, Adidas said.
The fitness watch will be available starting November 1 for a steep $399 which is quite a bit to pay considering it doesn’t communicate with your smartphone.