Back at Baselworld 2017, the company repeatedly told us that the smartwatch would be released in "late summer," which has now arrived without a Misfit smartwatch launch. The delay, in addition to the revelation that it would no longer include built-in GPS nor run on Misfit's OS, has made this a difficult road to release for the Vapor.
For its part, Misfit tells Wareable in a statement that pushing the launch until October was a "touch call" but necessary to "deliver the very best version of Vapor possible." It also adds that it's been "working non-stop to refine every detail of Vapor" so that customers have a great smartwatch experience.
Misfit's announcement that it would be ditching its own operating system for the Vapor in lieu of Android Wear was particularly disappointing. We played with a working version of the software back in January, and really liked the user interface.
The OS would have supported both Android and iOS, but apparently Misfit decided it made less sense to go it alone. It's not the best news for iPhone users who were eyeing up the Vapor, but remember that Android Wear 2.0 is now more compatible with iOS, even if it's not the exact same experience Android users get.
In terms of hardware - save for GPS - everything else looks unchanged, including the touch bezel that makes use of Wear 2.0's rotational input support, letting you browse menus and respond to notifications without obstructing the screen.
The Vapor comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, and is water resistant to 50 meters. For fitness, a big part of Misfit's agenda, you'll have an optical heart rate monitor on the back. The addition of Android Wear means you'll also have access to Google Assistant, too. It will arrive in jet black and rose gold flavors, and cost $199 with international pricing to be announced.
With Android Wear now running the show, the Misfit Vapor is lumped into the huge group of Fossil smartwatches launched at Baselworld 2017. That list includes the Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorer, the Diesel On, the Michael Kors Access Sofie & Grayson, and the Emporio Armani Connected.