Suunto has unveiled its newest premium sports watch, called the Suunto 9 Peak. It’s the brand’s thinnest and most lightweight device to date.
Compact, light fitness trackers have been increasingly popular in recent years. Garmin, for example, has created ‘S’ versions of its most successful running watches (which includes the new Garmin Venu 2). Also, the recently released Polar Ignite 2 combines major training capabilities into an exceedingly small casing.
Suunto 9 Peak versus Suunto 9 Baro
The Suunto 9 Peak is 37% slimmer and 36% lighter than its predecessor, the Suunto 9 Baro. And it maintains the trend of shrinking.
Our educated guess is that the Suunto 9 Peak will be 10.6mm thick and weigh 51.8g. But this is based on rumour. We are still waiting for the release of the official spec.
Suunto’s materials (more metal and fewer plastics) result in a thinner but heavier watch than its rival, the Ignite 2.
A heart rate sensor, weather and an embedded navigation system with built-in GPS are all included. Furthermore, it boasts a sapphire glass face and a water resistance of up to 100 metres.
The smartwatch also supports over 80 sports modes. Expect to see Suunto’s in-house OS rather than Wear OS, as with the Suunto 7.
Price and release date
Don’t be mistaken; the Suunto 9 Peak is a high-end watch. As such, it’ll come in either titanium or stainless steel versions. The titanium model will be around $900, offered in Birch White or Granite Blue. In comparison, the stainless steel model will naturally be cheaper at around $750, in either Moss Gray or All Black.
The Suunto 9 Peak is available for pre-order now. It’ll be released for purchase on June 17 via Suunto.com and third-party dealers.
The battery life was one of the original Suunto 9 Baro’s best features. And, the company believes it’s improved significantly without compromising that endurance.
The Suunto 9 Peak includes a SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen saturation monitoring. This is especially valuable when you’re training at an altitude. Plus, an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness to balance visibility. Also, power consumption and quicker charging allow the watch to be fully charged in just one hour.
The Suunto app shows sport-specific heatmaps (comparable to Strava). It allows users to upload routes to the device for offline navigation, improves the functionality of the new watch faces. Also, it provides weekly training numbers and assists you in designing new workouts and training programmes.
If you want to know which Suunto might be best for you, check out our comparison.
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Last Updated on June 3, 2021