Runtopia hopes you want high-end GPS running watch features without the GPS price. The company’s first GPS smartwatch, the S1, launching today for and eventually will retail for $129.
The S1’s built-in GPS tracking uses GPS-GLONASS double-star positioning, enabling tracking of running statistics without the need for a phone. The watch also includes waterproofing, heart-rate tracking, smart audio coaching, and a battery life of up to 25 days or two full marathons when in GPS mode.
“Runtopia aims to make smart sports and fitness available to everyone,” says Vivien Jiang, international director of Runtopia, in a statement. “The launch of our first smartwatch is a major step in Runtopia offering a complete range of products to help users make the most of their workouts.”
The S1 uses a zinc alloy case to ensure weatherproofing and survival under extreme temperature changes. The dual GPS aims for accuracy and efficiency, no matter where your phone is or how clear a signal the satellites offer. All in all, these are features usually reserved for pricier fitness watches.
Runtopia’s running app, compatible with both Android and iOS also provides audio coaching when running based on real-time pace, speed, distance and heart rate. The app can generate a running map as well. The watch also includes message and call alerts, a stopwatch, alarm clock, compass, step count and calorie tracker. A PPG photoelectric heart-rate monitor can operate continuously.
The minimalist aesthetics of the S1 encases anything but simplistic features, positioning Runtopia as an easy entry point into GPS running tech.
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