Misfit Vapor Android Wear smartwatch is launching 31 October

The Vapor finally has an official release date
Misfit Vapor smartwatch launching 31 October

Yes people, we finally know when the Misfit Vapor smartwatch is landing. You can pick up the Android Wear-running wearable from the Misfit website on 31 October.

The delayed Vapor will be priced at $199.99 and will of course be compatible with iPhones (iOS 9 or higher) and Android 4.3+ running smartphones.

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It's been a long and winding path for the Vapor, which we originally saw at CES back in January. Back then it was running on Misfit's proprietary OS, but later in the year the company switched to Android Wear. Cue the Vaporware jokes.

It also removed the once-promised built-in GPS. The Vapor will instead use "connected GPS" meaning you'll need to have your phone on you to use it. Needless to say all of this has knocked our confidence in the Vapor a little, but we really like the design, and worth mentioning that Misfit has kept its fingerprints on the software with some custom apps. There's also a nifty touch-sensitive bezel for navigating menus.

The Vapor comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, and is water resistant to 50 meters. The 44mm watch will be available in jet black, rose gold and gold finishes with a stainless steel casing.

For fitness, a big part of Misfit's agenda, you'll have an optical heart rate sensor on the back. The addition of Android Wear means you'll also have access to Google Assistant, too.

The question is whether it's all a bit too late from Misfit. We were sold on the design and the prospect of its own operating system. But that has since changed and we've lost built-in GPS in the process too as well. We'll be getting one in to test out very soon to find out if the Vapor was worth the wait.

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12 Comments

  • thefencechild says:

    I used to love my Misfit Flash (other than the software being too plain) so this looks like it could be a winner. I love the waterproofing and the memory for music

  • robojim says:

    any idea if it has NFC?

    • j.stables says:

      Not confirmed at present. Would be great if it did.

      • nintendowiiboy says:

        According to a tweet I just got, it will not have NFC: https://twitter.com/Misfit/status/920076790726524928

      • ia1976 says:

        I was looking at the Garmin Vivoactive 3 since it seemed that Misfit was taking its time releasing the Vapor. Now I don't know which one to choose!!

  • Carriestarb says:

    It says in my Amazon cart it will be shipping Oct 23rd!

  • MMunfrada says:

    This is good to know. I email Misfit and asked about any pre-order information for the watch. They basically told me they will send an email to notify me when pre-sale was available. Never got any information as to when the watch actually comes out. I’m glad I was able to find this information here and next will be heading to Amazon!! Thanks!!!

    • MMunfrada says:

      Can’t pre-order it from Amazon either

  • MMunfrada says:

    Went to Amazon and still can’t preorder. Oh well. I guess I’ll continue to wait...

  • RxBrad says:

    Just ordered the stainless body / black strap version on Amazon for $151. Not bad.

  • FraZzledSue says:

    ordered from Misfit yesterday. Only black available now and others in a week and the best colors in December like the gold edge and Rose. No discount, sad to see that they wouldn’t at least give you something discounted or maybe a discount on watchbands would be great, if Amazon has them cheaper. Common Misfit caught up a sweet treat for us to buy from you. Also it was difficult to order from Misfit website, it wouldn’t enter a cart number, only way to do that was to open site incognito....good luck, wish I would have waited for cheaper prices. Only way to preorder from site was to subscribe for early sale.

  • AaronCarmen says:

    How thick is it? That's really the only spec that matters with smartwatches. Phone makers keep making smartphones comically thin, to the point of sacrificing battery life. Maybe they should start concentrating their efforts on a device where thinness actually matters.

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