Sports watch specialist Suunto is back with a new flagship model, the Suunto 9 Peak, and the focus this time is on making it more enjoyable to wear.
Suunto says the 9 Peak is 37 percent thinner and 36 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Suunto 9 Baro, making it the thinnest and smallest sports watch the company has ever released.
This being a Suunto flagship, it has more features than we can list here; suffice to say it’s a fully-featured sports watch with 80 sports modes, heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking. The new features on this one include blood oxygen level measurements, really fast charging (100 percent battery in 1 hour, Suunto says), Bluetooth 5 support, and automatic backlight intensity adjustment depending on lighting conditions.
The watch is tough and durable, with a case made of “grade 5 titanium” and a sapphire glass face, and has a battery that will last for 170 hours with GPS turned on. Despite the tough materials used, the watch looks less sporty and rugged than the Suunto 9 Baro, with a thin bezel and buttons that don’t protrude as noticeably from the side — Suunto calls this “new minimalistic Nordic design.”
The Suunto 9 Peak does make some concessions when compared to the Suunto 9 Baro, probably because of its light and thin design. For example, it only has a display resolution of 240×240 pixels, compared to the Baro’s 320×300 pixel resolution.
Suunto 9 Peak is available in four colors: Granite Blue Titanium and Birch White Titanium will be available if you choose the sapphire glass and titanium build, while All Black and Moss Gray will be available for the model with sapphire glass and a stainless steel case.
The price for the stainless steel models is $569, and the price for the titanium models is $699. Suunto says the Suunto 9 Peak will be available for pre-sale on May 25, with full availability on June 17.