New Balance RunIQ smartwatch up for grabs on Amazon for $300, but ships in 1-2 months
Intel and New Balance announced the product of their collaboration, the RunIQ smartwatch, in early January at CES 2017 trade fair. Starting today, customers can order one through Amazon for just $300.
Unfortunately, those who order the smartwatch will have to wait quite a long time since Amazon states the New Balance RunIQ usually ships within 1 to 2 months. If you don't want to wait so long, then you might have more luck when ordering the smartwatch from the New Balance site.
The timing chosen by New Balance for the release of its RunIQ smartwatch powered by Android Wear 1.5 seems a bit off considering Google is about to launch Android Wear 2.0 this week.
On top of that, other companies are likely to launch their Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches by the time New Balance will be able to start shipping the RunIQ.
If you can get past the fact that you will have to wait so long for the smartwatch, the RunIQ seem a quite decent choice. The wearable device is powered by am Intel Atom Z34XX CPU and packs a 410 mAh battery inside.
The smartwatch carries a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, as well as 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also on board, along with GPS and heart monitor.
Even though New Balance RunIQ ships with Android Wear 1.5, there's no doubt that customers will be able to update it to the latest version, Android Wear 2.0.