Polar Ignite 3

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Polar Ignite 3

Polar Ignite 3


Polar Ignite 3 is announced today. It’s a lightweight sports/fitness/X-train watch rather than a running or multisports watch but still commands a price tag of £289, US$329, Eu329.

Ignite 3 is probably the only AMOLED sports watch with proper recovery data and detailed analytics, making it ideal for X-training – Venu, Vivoactive, Forerunner 255 and Apple Watch Ultra don’t have this combination out of the box. Even better, it’s super lightweight with a thin, small format that’s perfect for skinny wrists

I’ll be popping out a review of the Polar Ignite 3 in a few weeks’ time but for now, here is the interesting new stuff that adds to Polar’s already impressively wide range of advanced sports features

  • AMOLED screen – this is a beautiful display with Gorilla glass, and similar in style to the Pixel watch…but better-looking. Every menu and screen element has been visually tweaked to work at this higher resolution and with more colours…Polar’s interface was dated but now looks impressively good.
  • Multi-frequency Sony GPS – this is not needed on this watch at all and is probably included as multi-frequency will be Polar’s standard moving forwards.
  • Up to 30 hours of GPS recording
  • Voice-assisted coaching (later)
  • Running and walking tests added
  • Sleepwise – Gives recommendations for timing of your daily events for optimal results – like wake time and workout time. (later)
  • Faster processor
  • Tap to lap feature
  • Some watchface customisation via proprietary widgets

Initial Takeout

The AMOLED screen is the big talking point here. In a way, this watch signals that 2023 will be all about AMOLED for sports watches. Garmin will introduce the Forerunner 265 (pictures 😉 ), Suunto must look again at AMOLED and we should soon see Polar’s next tranche of higher-end watches hopefully also with AMOLED options.

Polar Ignite 3 Review Specifcations


Polar Ignite 3 Technical Specifications


Width: 43 mm
Height: 43 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Total weight: 35 g
Total weight without wristband: 21 g
CPU speed: MHz
Memory: MB
Storage: MB
Recording mode: No
Case material: Plastic
Screen material: Gorilla Glass
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Geo location
GPS: Yes
Glonass: Yes
Galileo: Yes
Assisted GPS: Yes
Assisted Glonass: Yes
Assisted Galieo: Yes
Assisted QZSS: Yes
Connected GPS: No
Bluetooth version: 5.1
USB cable: Propriatery / USB-A
Operation temperature min: -25 °C:
Operation temperature max: 50 °C:
Water resistance: WR30
Tested against military standards: No
Precision Prime™: Yes
Barometer: No
Magnetometer compass: No
Accelerometer: Yes
Battery capacity: 220 mAh
Battery type: Li-Pol
Battery rechargeable: Yes
Battery life training mode, up to: 30 h:
Battery life watch mode, up to: 120 h:
Battery life with power save training mode, up to: 100 h:



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4 thoughts on “Polar Ignite 3

  1. The best thing with ignite3 release is next vantage / grit will have at least 1,3inch screen 😉. I Hope Polar engineers overcome “up to 5/7 days” battery somehow 😉

  2. Looking forward to seeing your review of this new Polar device! 🙂
    Is Polar possibly a better lifestyle and strength training device compared to Garmin and Coros?

    1. depends what you are comparing to but yes.
      you need to carefully think about what you are measuring and why when it comes to strength training. if you take the tech that comes with it seriously then look more closely at recovery metrics and look also at velocity-based training.

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