The New Balance RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch is now available for purchase, which will retail for $299. The fitness tracking smartwatch was designed in collaboration with Google, Intel, and Strava, which handled software, hardware, and run tracking, respectively.
Introduced at 2016 CES, the wearable already had some attention from consumers before it became a ready product at 2017 CES, with the appeal mainly hinging on the tagline ‘made by runners for runners.’
Unfortunately, those customer who order the smartwatch will have to wait quite a long time since Amazon states the New Balance RunIQ usually ships within one to two months. If you do not want to wait so long, then you might have more luck when ordering the smartwatch from the New Balance site.
It starts at $299, comes in black color, and features everything you would want in a modern smartwatch made for runners. You have got Strava support built-in, heartrate tracking, GPS, and water resistance at up to 5 ATM. New Balance says that to expect about 24 hrs of use or 5 hrs with continuous GPS and HR monitoring. That isn’t the next-level battery life, but it is good for an Android Wear Watch. This new watch is also uses an Intel processor and a round shape display.
Also, it features a water-resistant body, and an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling it to function like an ordinary smartwatch. In line with that direction is the design, making it fit right in with day-to-day life and not only while exercising.
The RunIQ has three physical buttons too. The first button to opens up the app, the second button serves as the home, and the third one controls laps or music.
Even though New Balance RunIQ ships with Android Wear 1.5, there’s no doubt that customers will be able to update it to the latest version, Android Wear 2.0.