Smartwatches and fitness bands are some of the biggest things in tech right now and everyone wants to come out with their own twist in the bourgeoning gadget category. Timex’s entry, which they developed with the help of Qualcomm, takes a fitness first approach. Called the Timex Ironman One GPS+, the newly revealed device is a standalone smartwatch which doesn’t need to be paired with a smartphone as it comes with a built-in 3G radio, a Qualcomm processor, and GPS location tracking.
The Ironman One GPS+ is capable of email-based wireless messaging, tracking of speed and distance, a one-tap “Find Me” mode which will send an SOS signal/message and enable remote heart rate tracking in case of an emergency (getting lose or getting hurt). According to Timex, the Ironman One GPS+ will last up to eight hours of battery with the GPS on and up to three days with the GPS turned off. As previously mentioned, all of these capabilities won’t need a paired smartphone to work. Additionally, users will be able to upload all their workout, location, and fitness information to a number of online services or even contacts.
The Ironman One GPS+ is quite bulky (similar to the Nike Sport Watch or Adidas MiCoach) with a rugged design and is equipped with a 1.5-inch screen always-on Mirasol touch display, is water-resistant up to 50 meters, and even comes with 4GB of storage and Bluetooth connectivity which will allow it to be used as an MP3 player connected to Bluetooth ear/headphones. It also comes with one year of mobile data service from the folks at AT&T but the company didn’t announce what plan users will need to sign-up to afterwards.
The company didn’t mention an exact release date for the new fitness/smartwatch but it should come it near the end of summer. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ is now available for pre-order for $399.95.