These days, many people are saying that if it isn’t the Apple Watch, they don’t care about smartwatches. The initial buzz is certainly a lot quieter these days, but there’s still a niche to be filled. And the New Balance RunIQ smartwatch aims to fill that niche. For starters, it lets you leave your smartphone at home.

Powered by Android Wear and developed in partnership with Google, Intel and Strava, the New Balance RunIQ comes with all sorts of integrated technology. It has its own GPS, it can track your heart rate, and it’ll sync all your running data with Strava. It’s also water resistant, since they assume you’re taking this watch running with you. You can even load up your favorite tunes and listen to them via Bluetooth.

The New Balance RunIQ is decidedly designed for runners, tracking your time and mapping your route. Controls come by way of a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen and three physical buttons. Under the hood are an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of straoge, and a 410mAh battery good for 24 hours of use.

Get the RunIQ from New Balance or SportChek for $399.99 Canadian.


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