Misfit has announced the Vapor 2, a new smartwatch which splits its focus equally between fashion and fitness.
New for this model is NFC for making payments with a tap of the watch, and integrated GPS which means your outdoor walks and runs can be tracked without needing a smartphone with you.
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The Misfit Vapor 2 also benefits from a redesigned optical heart rate monitor, and for the first time it is available in two different sizes — 41mm and 46mm.
Being a Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) smartwatch , the device has access to the Google Assistant, which can be asked questions and used to control your smart home devices with voice commands. The watch works with iOS and Android smartphones, and there is a wide range of apps to download and install, such as Uber, Strava, Google Maps and Google Fit.
Both models of the Misfit feature a circular AMOLED touchscreen display with a pixel density of 328 per inch. Both the 41mm and 46mm versions have cases made from satin-finished stainless steel, and quick release strap bars make it easy to fit different straps.
Misfit says eight different colors will be available from launch, but you can also fit any regular watch strap. To emphasize this, the company suggests how, with different straps fitted, the watch can look as at-home in the gym, as in the grocery store, or on a night out.
Integrated GPS and a heart rate monitor make the Vapor 2 a compelling purchase for consumers wanting an attractive smartwatch which is also a fully-fledged fitness tracker. Often,
rely on the GPS chip of a connected phone.
However, a less impressive move from Misfit is opting to use Qualcomm's aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which was recently usurped by the new and more powerful Wear 3100. We hope the use of an almost three-year-old processor won't cause any performance issues for the Vapor 2.
As this is a Wear OS smartwatch, it has a wide range of customizable watch faces, along with notifications delivered from your smartphone via Bluetooth, so texts, emails, WhatsApp messages and more appear on your wrist. There's also 4GB of internal storage, so you can sync up a pair of Bluetooth earphones and go for a run with your favorite playlist while leaving your phone at home.
The Vapor 2 is also described as "swim-proof" and has an "all-day battery life," although Misfit hasn't said how many hours this equates to, or how much it is effected by using the energy-sapping GPS.
Misfit is pricing the Vapor 2 from $249.99 and says the range will be available "soon." We'll update this article when we hear more precise launch details.
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