The RunIQ, New Balance’s first Android Wear smartwatch!
New Balance has released its first Android Wear smartwatch, the RunIQ, which will retail for $299.
The fitness-focused watch was designed in partnership with Intel, Google, and Strava, which handled hardware, software, and run tracking, respectively.
The RunIQ comes with every feature you’d expect from a fitness wearable: built-in GPS, course, pace and distance tracking, heart rate sensor, Bluetooth, and 24-hour battery life (or five hours with continuous GPS use). The watch is also water resistant and will sync with Strava so you can share your workouts online.
This sporty smartwatch rocks the kind of motion sensors we're used to seeing crop up in your standard fitness tracker and the current crop of fitness-focused Wear watches. There's built-in GPS, an optical heart rate monitor for on the spot readings and heart rate zone training, plus an accelerometer and gyroscope.
To take care of performance New Balance has gone against the Android Wear norm opting to follow in the footsteps of the Tag Heuer Connected and use an Intel Atom Z34XX processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. That should be enough room to fit 50 hours worth of Google Play music if you were wondering.