Polar's latest watches know if you're maximizing your workouts

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Running power, put very simply, is a measure of your work rate in watts and it can be used in several ways, perhaps most importantly as an accurate gauge of how hard you are working regardless of terrain or weather.

Both the Vantage V and the lower-end Vantage M have all-new heart rate sensors, using a green and red LED array and new metal contacts that use skin contact to help maintain heart-rate accuracy.

Running Power is another advanced technology unique to the Vantage V, using Global Positioning System and barometer data to complement the gadget's heart rate monitor, helping you maintain a steady effort level during a long run.

Electronics manufacturer Polar on Thursday announced the Vantage V and Vantage M, its latest smartwatches designed for athletes which offer up to 40 hours of intensive training time, new heart rate monitoring technologies, and a wide variety of other features meant to deliver a premium fitness tracking experience.

The two watches also tout more more accurate heart rate monitoring that uses multi-layer optical sensing, electrodes and accelerometers to get both faster and more accurate heartbeat readings.

As well, the Vantage V model has both Recovery Pro and Training Load Pro, a pair of features that monitor the athlete's "training load" per session, keeping tabs on tolerance and strain, while also providing a look at recovery and training balance. Dedicated GPS watches do much better.

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The Polar Vantage M has numerous same features but lacks the ability to track running power.

Polar Flow for Coach has been updated to allow coaches develop seasonal training calendars. There's also a Vantage V bundle that includes the Polar H10 chest strap, which is available for £479.

Polar Vantage M and Vantage V pre-orders are underway now, with deliveries scheduled to begin sometime in November.

But, of course, not every user needs to dabble with high-end features, which is where the Vantage M (shown above) comes in.

The new watches will also integrate neatly with the Polar Flow website and app, which can provide training plans with the workouts guided by heart rate.

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