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Withings Returns With Steel HR Sport Fitness Tracker

Withings Steel HR Sport

After being sold to Nokia, reportedly eyed up by Google, and then reacquiring itself from Nokia, smartwatch maker Withings is back with the Steel HR Sport.

Similar in style to 2016’s Steel HR, the Sport features heart-rate monitoring, multi-sport tracking, and new GPS capabilities. This is all housed in a stainless steel case and spruced-up watch face; there are red highlights at the end of the hands and clearer number delineations on the face.

GPS tracking is a new addition to the Steel HR range, allowing users to map their sessions (recording distance, elevation, and pace tracking) as long as the watch is connected to an iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth, with location tracking enabled.

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While there are 30 fitness tracking activities available (including running, biking, hiking, weights, and so on) the Steel HR Sport also features “automatic exercise recognition” so even if you forget to activate it, it’ll track your workout.

Withings’ companion app will also offer Fitness Level assessments, including a VO2 max measurement, which calculates “the heart’s and muscles’ ability to convert oxygen into energy during physical exercise. The fitter the individual, the higher the VO2 max,” Withings said in a blog post. That data will be used to optimize training objectives.

Day-to-day notifications have also been improved. While it was previously limited to calls, text messages, and events, the Steel HR line is now compatible with all apps; you can choose which ones send you notifications. If you’ve retained your old Steel HR, it will receive this update, too.

At the end of the day, sleep tracking will provide users with a “Sleep Score” that’s based on sleep duration, depth, regularity, and interruptions.

It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters and has a battery life of up to 25 days, beating the new Apple Watch Series 4, which still boasts only an 18-hour battery life.

The Steel HR Sport is on sale now, in white and black, for $ 199.95.

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