Withings returns with the VO2 Max-packing Steel HR Sport hybrid

Joanna Estrada
September 19, 2018

Withings teased yesterday that they were nearly back, following their separation from Nokia earlier this year. The Withings Steel HR Sport is available from September 18, priced at $199.95. Today, it unveiled Steel HR Sport, a multi-sport hybrid smartwatch that offers heart rate monitoring, connected Global Positioning System tracking and Fitness Level analytics - an estimation of VO2 max.

The Steel HR Sport "has the classic Withings analog face that shows the time, as well as a sub-dial that shows the percentage of daily activity goals achieved", the company explains in a blog post. It definitely looks less classy and "traditional" than the regular Steel HR, but for a very good reason. It'll show alerts and notification previews from over 100 apps on your smartphone; it can also switch between showing the date, an accurate steps count, your heart rate, and distance traveled by pressing the button on the side. Matte metallic hands with a color accent sit on either a white or black watch face, protected by mineral glass.

Like the original Steel HR, the Sport's main selling point is its hybrid design - it looks like an analog smartwatch save for a small OLED complication that's used to display information like your heart rate, steps, calories or elapsed distance. Over 30 different activities are supported - everything from hiking through yoga, volleyball, boxing, skiing, and ice hockey.

Steel HR Sport is the first product within the Steel HR range to feature Global Positioning System connectivity. This fitness metric will help users to optimize their training, increase performance and achieve long-term fitness objectives.

When it comes to battery, Withings says the watch will be able to last for 25 days from a single charge and it'll also be able to handle another 20 days when it goes into a power reserve mode after that. There's also a perforated sport band that'll breath better when you're working out.

Likely developed while still under Nokia ownership, the Steel HR Sport comes in 1 size only - 40mm and 13mm thick, with a stainless steel case and an engraved bezel. Both Steel HR Sport as well the existing Steel HR product will benefit from enhanced notification capabilities, allowing a multitude of app notifications to be displayed on the digital screen. Both come with a standard black and gray silicone band, though Withings is offering a few additional bands that you can use instead. "You can set and manage goals within the free Health Mate app, available for iOS or Android".

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