Nokia Steel HR is finally set to land just in time for Christmas

Pre-orders for the Withings incarnate are live
Nokia Steel HR hybrid is landing in December

Nokia has announced the Steel HR will ship in early December, months after it launched a non-heart rate version of the hybrid smartwatch.

The Finnish company, which finalised its takeover of Withings back in June, initially held back from relaunching its entire line, first releasing the Nokia Go and Steel alongside the Nokia BPM+ and Nokia Body+ connected devices. Now the Steel HR is set to be up for grabs, too.

Read this: With Nokia OZO dead, what happens to VR filmmaking?

Similar to the string of devices Nokia has relaunched under its own banner, the Steel HR won't undergo too many dramatic changes upon its second coming. It'll be available in 36mm and 40mm case sizes still, and the same simple form factor will appear with the Nokia sticker under the face. However, there are a couple of notable software changes to highlight, as well.

Nokia indicates that an improved heart rate algorithm will provide more accurate tracking, while a design change that replaces the face with sapphire glass now guarantees waterproofing up to 50m.

This move essentially completes Nokia's quest to re-release the successful Withings line, but it also signals the opportunity to make even more changes to its Health Mate app. Not only is there now more of a focus on health and wellness as opposed to just fitness and straight-up tracking, there's now integration with MyFitnessPal to improve food tracking, too.

The Steel HR is available to pre-order from the Nokia site now in either black or white variations. It's priced at $179.95, so it's still a bargain of a hybrid watch if you decide to pick one up.

Nokia Steel HR is set for release in December


Shop for stylish hybrid smartwatches on Amazon

Skagen Jorn
Skagen Jorn
$175
Fossil Q Crewmaster
Fossil Q Crewmaster
$108.50
Kronaby
Kronaby
$630
Misfit Phase
Misfit Phase
$122.50

Wareable may get a commission



2 Comments

  • Curtis says:

    As the months pass it appears Nokia / Withings are falling further and further behind. Other companies and fitness wearables have passed them up. Hopefully they can release something new and improved this year.

  • Tizio says:

    The Steel HR is quite possibly the most underrated smartwatch. It's battery regularly exceeds one month on a single charge and I get regular compliments on the simple and elegant design. It is minimal by choice in a field full of full color multi-functional distracting bobbles. Hopefully Nokia has addressed the water tightness before re-releasing the watch.

What do you think?

Connect with Facebook, Twitter, or just enter your email to sign in and comment.