When Withings released the cartoonish Withings Go earlier this year, we were confused. It was marketed as a rival for other basic, budget fitness trackers like the Jawbone Up 2 and Fitbit Flex, but it wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as the more fashionable Withings offerings.
“Is this it?” we wondered. “Where do we go from here?”
Fortunately, as Withings revealed at IFA last week, the company is headed in an incredible direction.
The Withings Steel HR is an unprecedented smartwatch that is scheduled to release this October. And thanks to its heart rate tracking, battery life, and competitive price, Withing’s first true smartwatch is bound to turn the heads of fitness aficionados and style gurus alike.
Withings Steel HR Review: Battery Life
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: that battery life. The Withings Steel HR has an insane 25-day battery life, which sets a new standard among smartwatches. It accomplishes this by placing a greater emphasis on the one thing a smartwatch should do well — tell time.
Withings Steel HR Review: Design
Like the Withings Activite line, the Steel HR looks like an accessible form of luxury. It’s designed to place smart notifications and activity data in a small digital screen at the top of the watch, which you can navigate via a button on the side of the case.
A dial at the bottom of the screen displays your daily activity progress on a 0-100% scale. The Steel HR is available in two versions: the 36mm with a black or white watch face, and the 40mm with a black watchface. Both versions have a black silicone strap, and we expect to see a greater range of straps after the watch is officially released.
Withings Steel HR Review: Features
A waterproof device with smart notifications, heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, and a lengthy battery life sounds like a smartwatch lover’s dream — but the Withings Steel HR hits those marks out of the park. We’ll see how the software fares once we get our hands on one (stay tuned for the full review), but the promised features are impressive.
- Heart rate tracking: Monitor your resting and active heart rate, as well as heart rate zones.
- Automatic run tracking: Steel HR will automatically start tracking when you run.
- Sleep tracking: Snooze intelligently with automatic sleep tracking.
- Waterproof: The Steel HR is waterproof up to 50 meters.
- Activity tracking: Track your steps, distance, and calories with the Steel HR and the Withings app.
- Smart Notifications: View call, text, and email alerts directly from your wrist with the Steel HR’s digital screen.
Withings Steel HR Review: Price
The Withings Steel HR will reportedly cost $179.95 for the 36mm model and $199.95 for the 40mm model. In comparison to similar smartwatches, that price is competitive — particularly because of the smartwatch’s sleek design.
For comparison, the Fitbit Blaze costs $199.95, and the Garmin Vivoactive HR costs $249.99.
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