Suunto is mostly known for diving gadgets and the Suunto 5 and 9 GPS watches.
At CES this year, the company debuted its first smartwatch, the Suunto 7, boasting an impressive battery life.
While most Wear OS-based smartwatches offer just one day of battery life per charge, Suunto 7 promises two days per charge in smartwatch mode and 12 hours with GPS on.
How do they do it?
By taking advantage of the power-saving features of the Snapdragon 3100 SoC.
These features were much publicized when the Snapdragon 3100 launched but not many smartwatch makers took advantage of them specifically for boosting the sports capabilities of their products.
““The special thing here is that the Qualcomm 3100 platform that we’re using has all of these low-power capabilities.
Currently other brands are using those capabilities only to show watch faces for long periods of time. But we’re using those capabilities for sports,” Mikko Ahlstrom, the lead designer of the Suunto 7, told Android Authority.
He also explained that once you start your workout, the Suunto shuts down the main processor and switches to the low power co-processor.
““[We’re] taking all the real-time sports algorithms from Suunto and transferred those to the low-power co-processor on this platform. We’ve actually created code in the places no partner has ever touched before,” Ahlstrom explained.
Indeed, for serious workouts, the Suunto 7 seems like a serious accessory.
It has one-button access to more than 70 sports modes, GPS, heart rate sensor, free outdoor maps that work offline and built-in heatmaps for running, swimming and cycling to discover the most popular routes.
The Suuno 7 is already up for preorder and will officially launch at the end of the month with a $499 price tag.