Although its watches don't run Wear OS, we've followed Withings closely for a few reasons. For one, it makes beautiful minimalist watches with some smart fitness tracking features added in (I own an Activité Steel and I love it). The French company has also been in the news a lot due to Nokia acquiring it, turning it into its Digital Health Division, and then selling it back to its co-founder.
The first product to be released since all of that is the Steel HR Sport, another hybrid smartwatch with a small OLED display that can show your phone notifications, fitness data, and alarm settings, but this time it has more advanced activity tracking features.
Withings' previous flagship watch added heart rate monitoring and that's on board again here, along with step tracking, sleep monitoring, and up to 25 days of battery life. The new Sport model improves upon its predecessor by including connected GPS tracking (when paired with a smartphone) and Fitness Level analytics (VO2 max estimation).
Only one size is available for this version, and the 40mm case is made from 316L stainless steel. It's water resistant to 50m and can track swimming plus another 29 different sporting activities. White and black watch faces are offered, both coming with a gray drilled silicone strap — additional silicone or leather options can also be added.
The Withings Steel HR Sport is on sale now and costs $199.99, just $20 more than the original Steel HR. As with previous models, you'll need the free Health Mate app to unlock its full potential.
Withings Returns With Steel HR Sport Following Its Reacquisition From Nokia
Withings returns to digital health with its most advanced hybrid smartwatch to date, featuring
heart rate monitoring, connected GPS, and Fitness Level based on VO2 max measurement.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France – September 18, 2018 – After reacquiring itself from Nokia on
May 31, 2018, Withings is back with a new look, a strengthened focus on connected health and
the first new product under its original brand. Today, it unveiled Steel HR Sport, a multi-sport
hybrid smartwatch that offers heart rate monitoring, connected GPS tracking and Fitness Level
analytics – an estimation of VO2 max. The device that boasts an unprecedented 25-day battery
life joins the product portfolio of connected health devices that encompass activity trackers,
blood pressure monitors, smart scales, thermometers and sleep tracking devices.
Welcome Back Withings
The launch of Steel HR Sport marks a new chapter in the Withings story, which has seen its
original cofounder, Eric Carreel, buy back the business he sold to Nokia Technologies in 2016.
Four months after officially reacquiring Withings, the brand is back with a new logo and
“With its advanced sport and health tracking capabilities, Steel HR Sport is a perfect example of
how Withings is delivering against its original mission to help better manage health,” said Eric
Carreel, CEO of Withings. “The public reaction to the return of Withings is extraordinary and
renews my belief that elegantly designed devices with health tracking abilities can dramatically improve individual and society’s health.”
Steel HR Sport – Designed For Life
With the groundbreaking launch of Activité back in 2014, the first analog watch with activity tracking features, Withings paved the way for all hybrid smartwatches to come. Steel HR Sport continues this tradition with a premium design blended with smart health and sport features for analytics.
Its elegant design features 316L stainless steel and a 40mm case that is water resistant up to 50M (5ATM). Available in both white and black face variants, it is equally eye-catching in sporting or social settings.
The analog face of Steel HR shows the time as well as a sub-dial that shows the percentage of daily activity goals achieved. Goals are set and managed within the Health Mate app. The device’s discrete OLED display shows important health and sports data such as daily steps, calories, distance and heart rate and can be navigated with a push of a button. The display also shows smartphone notifications, which appear automatically along with a discrete vibration.
Workout ready: Multi-sport, connected GPS & Fitness Level
Steel HR Sport offers dedicated multisport tracking for over 30 different activities from yoga, volleyball and rowing to boxing, skiing and ice hockey. Users select the chosen activity on the watch display to start their workout session. During workout sessions, Steel HR Sport continuously tracks and displays heart rate and the duration of the workout directly on the watch screen. After the session, users can understand the intensity of their workout with heart rate zones and calories spent based on the specific activity selected.
Steel HR Sport is the first product within the Steel HR range to feature GPS connectivity. Once paired with a smartphone, users can track their pace, distance, elevation and map their workouts while walking, running or cycling. Pace, distance and continuous heart rate are displayed on the watch face screen and can be tracked live on the user’s phone. After a session, the user’s workout route can also be viewed in the Health Mate app.
The device is the first Withings product to offer Fitness Level assessments of its user. The fitness indicator, called VO2 max, measures the heart and muscles ability to convert oxygen into energy during physical exercise.
The fitter the individual, the higher the VO2 max. Following running sessions, Steel HR Sport calculates the user’s personal Fitness Level using pace, heart rate and morphological data (age, weight, gender). This fitness metric will help users to optimize their training, increase performance and achieve long-term fitness objectives.
Day and night companion
With an industry leading battery life of 25 days that can be extended for a further 20 days in a
power reserve mode, Steel HR Sport is able to track fitness, activity and sleep patterns around
The device’s tracking ability is not limited to the waking hours. Steel HR Sport is a sophisticated
sleep tracker, detecting length and quality of sleep and providing an overall Sleep Score in the
Health Mate app that is based on sleep duration, depth regularity and interruptions. Steel HR
Sport has capabilities such as Smart Wake-upTM that will wake users with vibration alarms at
the most optimal times during their sleep cycle. The app even offers a Sleep Smarter Program,
consisting of eight weeks of recommendations to improve sleep patterns.
During waking hours, Steel HR Sport helps users keep on top of their daily communications.
Both Steel HR Sport as well the existing Steel HR product will benefit from enhanced notification
capabilities, allowing a multitude of app notifications to be displayed on the digital screen.
Previously limited to calls, text messages and events, the Steel HR line is now compatible with
notifications from over 100 apps. Whether it’s flight alerts, breaking news or messages from
friends and family on social channels, notifications appear on the watch with a content preview.
Priced $199.95, Steel HR Sport is available starting September 18, 2018, from
www.withings.com, Amazon and selected retailers. It is available in both a white and black face
variant with each coming with a grey silicone band. Additional exchangeable wristbands can be
purchased exclusively on withings.com.
Steel HR Sport connects with the free Health Mate app, available both on Android and iOS.
Health Mate also connects with a range of third party apps such as Apple Health, Google Fit, or