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New Balance and Intel introduce a new smartwatch, the RunIQ

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New Balance and Intel introduce a new smartwatch, the RunIQ
So what does a sneaker company have in common with a company known for making computer chips? Last year, running firm New Balance joined with Intel in announcing the coming creation of the New Balance RunIQ, an Android Wear powered smartwatch for runners. Now, at CES 2017, we have a good idea of what this smartwatch can bring to the table.

Powered by Intel's Z34XX processor, the New Balance RunIQ carries a 1.39-inch AMOLED display. 512MB of RAM is inside with 4GB of native storage on board. The back of the casing features an optical heart-rate monitor, along with GPS capabilities. The timepiece includes a lap button and interval capability. The battery will run 24-hours on a single charge (for those long marathon races), and five hours if you are running the heart rate monitor and GPS. 

Using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, users can receive notifications from their paired smartphone, and listen to Google Play Music from an Android handset. New Balance runners can communicate with each other thanks to the New Balance Global Run Club powered by Strava. This is a platform for New Balance wearers to share their favorite routes and exchange accomplishments. Inside New Balance stores, you can learn more about this along with news about local events.

Intel previously teamed up with watch maker TagHeuer for the $1,500 Connected. The RunIQ is a more affordable $299.99 in black or gray face. Pre-orders start tomorrow, January 5th, and the watch goes on sale February 1st at New Balance stores, and online. Accessories like chargers and watch bands will be available.

"New Balance has a 110-year heritage of product development and innovation in the running category, and RunIQ represents our commitment to helping athletes achieve unparalleled fitness experiences. A smartwatch for runners made by runners, RunIQ combines our expertise in running with the best engineering advances through breakthrough collaborations with some of the biggest players in the technological industry."-Rob DeMartini, President and CEO, New Balance

New Balance also has another product that was the result of a collaboration. Jabra and New Balance are offering the PaceIQ, which is a pair of Bluetooth headphones that supports audio coaching in real time. Priced at $109.99, the PaceIQ will also launch on February 1st and comes with 3 sets of EarGels, 1 FitClip and a USB cable.

Team New Balance Athlete Boris Berian with RunIQ and PaceIQ

Team New Balance Athlete Boris Berian with RunIQ and PaceIQ


source: NewBalance

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posted on 04 Jan 2017, 23:03 2

1. trojan_horse (Posts: 4167; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"The battery will run 24-hours on a single charge (for those long marathon races), and five hours if you are runningthe heart rate monitor and GPS."

That's good enough for me to consider getting one.

I'm that kind of fitness freak!

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 23:22

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3342; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Same here man.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 12:33

13. sgodsell (Posts: 4643; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


That's also with the watch face left on all the time, by default. Battery life can easily be extended if you leave the watch face off by default. Just use hand gestures, the buttons, or touch the screen to activate instead.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 01:24 4

3. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Pretty much every new watch coming out now looks better than apple watch...

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 01:47

4. trojan_horse (Posts: 4167; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"Pretty much every new watch coming out now looks better than apple watch..."

This coming from you? Really?

I guess you were being sarcastic...

If you were indeed serious in that post, then I'm scratching my head!

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 03:37 1

7. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Yes I prefer round watch that looks like the one above over Apple Watch. I also like the way Samsung Edge looks over Outdated iPhone bezels - And I hate top and bottom bezels on iPhones, I hate the camera bulge (better on iPhone 7) but I hate BULGES altogether... You should stop concentrating only on things I praise about iPhones and iOS...

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 10:44

10. sgodsell (Posts: 4643; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


AlikMalix first let's address the largest flaw in the Apple watch. It's watch face is off for all of its life, period. There is no way to leave it on. Apple didn't include an option to leave it on. So if your running, you still have to use your other hand to activate the screen. Or do the arm gesture of bringing your arm down and up again to activate the screen. So Apple watch sucks for fitness, especially if you are running. So Apple watch single style square watch not only is ugly, but it has a ton of flaws, period. How well does the Apple watch work with Android smartphones, or any smartphone that is not Apple? Nevermind we know Apple is for Apple only.

Now this watch, and like all the other Android Wear watches have their watch faces left on all the time, by default. So that 24 hours for this watch is with the watch face left on all the time. Now you also have the option to turn off the watch face and only use gestures to see the watch face or press a button. Naturally this will extend this watches battery life.

Also the author has forgotten that Fossils original Q Founder used a dual core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom SoC. The second gen Q Founder uses the much better Wear 2100 processor, which lasts 2-3 days.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 02:00

5. Feanor (Posts: 838; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Well, considering that the Moto 360 and the Huawei Watch came out before the Apple Watch, I'd say that many smartwatches looked better than the Apple Watch even before.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 03:33

6. AlikMalix (unregistered)


No, Moto360 was a pancake... watches should look like latest Samsung gear, or the one above...

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 10:53

11. sgodsell (Posts: 4643; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Looks are subjective. Personally I liked the original size of the Moto 360. I even like the 46mm. But then again, I am 6'5". So it looked good on my wrist. But the second gen came in two sizes (42mm and 46mm). So if your a smaller or danty person like yourself AlikMalix, or a woman, then 46mm might be too big. A lot has changed since the original Moto 360 came out in September of 2014.

Feanor the second gen Moto 360 and Huawei watch came out after the first Apple watch went on sale.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 08:56

8. Fuego84 (Posts: 351; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Nothing sounds better than the Samsung frontier yet

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 10:05

9. AlikMalix (unregistered)


I agree. Nothing looks better.

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 11:06

12. sgodsell (Posts: 4643; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Looks are always subjective. I like the looks of the Nixon Mission, and the new Casio WSD-F20 personally. Both of which would kill Samsung Frontier in the rugged department, especially MIL-810G standard. So they are not only dust, shock, waterproof, temperature tested in the desert and under icy conditions. The Nixon can go down to 100 meters (330 feet), and the Casio can go down to 50 meters (150 feet). They also include thermometers, altimeters, barometers, as well as GPS, and all the other regular sensors. Plus they look great in my opinion. I can't wait to get the new Casio WSD-F20 personally, plus it's using Android Wear, like this featured watch. Samsung is using Tizen, which doesn't have as many apps as Android Wear.

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