Back in 2014, Polar announced the M400 fitness tracker. The M400 was a relatively inexpensive device which was more than capable of getting the job done, but if you’re looking for something a little more modern, then you might be interested to learn that Polar has announced the M430 which is the successor to 2014’s M400 model.
In terms of design, the differences aren’t that obvious save for the band. The M400 had a solid band while the M430’s bands are perforated which presumably should help make it more breathable and your wrist a little less sweaty. It will also retain the same 5-button design as its predecessor and its monochromatic display. For those hoping for color we guess this is a bit of a bummer, but if it means better battery life, why not?
The M430 will also come with an optical heart rate sensor, but instead of using 2 LEDs like some smartwatches and fitness trackers out there, the M430 is equipped with 6 LEDs. This combined with the heart rate tracker’s other features like being able to detect pulse waves, Polar is boasting that the M430 should be able to offer up more accurate measurements.
It also comes with built-in GPS, offers up 24/7 activity tracking, and it is also WR30 rated in terms of waterproof. It is expected to go on sale come May 2017 where it will retail for 229.90 EUR. Pre-orders are expected to begin later this month via Polar’s website.