Suunto's new Sport Wrist HR watch sets hearty expectations

CES 2017: Suunto finds its heart
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Suunto is well known for its sports and adventure watches, but it's only now revealing its first to include an optical heart rate sensor - the Spartan Sport Wrist HR.

Partnering with biometric sensor company Valancell for the HR tech, the watch also includes built-in GPS and the same multisport features found in the Suunto Spartan Sport.

Wareable verdict: Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR in-depth review

Valencell is a big name in biometric tech, which this week announced upgrades to its new sensor systems, including a new 2-LED module that we suspect is the one found in Suunto's new wearables. There's also the option to pair the watch with a heart rate strap if you'd prefer.

Suunto's promising more details soon, but announced the watch will be available in three colours - black, blue and sakura (also known as "basically pink") - with an RRP of €599.

We'll let you know when we get that in dollars and sterling, and we'll be sure to put one of the new Sport watches through its paces when we can get one in for review. Until then, be sure to check out our list of the best heart rate monitors and HRM watches.

Suunto's new Sport Wrist HR watch sets hearty expectations


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Now at Business Insider, Hugh originally joined Wareable from TechRadar where he’d been writing news, features, reviews and just about everything else you can think of for three years.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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