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Polar OH1 Optical Heart Rate Band – News | GadFit (Updated 31st Aug)

August 31, 2017

A month back, I blogged about the leak on the Polar OH1 and am now coming back to post the confirmation since Polar officially announced it on their social media channels yesterday.

The Polar OH1 optical HR band will have 6 LEDs, just like the Polar M430 and Polar M600. The device is to be worn on the upper arm or forearm which location you fancy more and is supposedly safe for swimming.

polar oh1 feature

Polar OH1 Heart Rate Monitor

  • Wrist based HR measurements
  • 6 LED OHR
  • 4MB storage for 200 hours of training tracking
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Android and iOS compatible
  • Broadcasts to compatible Bluetooth enabled gym machines
  • Water proof to 30m
  • Rechargeable 45mAh battery for up to 12 hours of use
  • Over the Air firmware updates




The HR measurements are recorded on device, implying stored memory of sorts just like the Polar H10. It’ll be interesting to see how the Polar OH1 compares against the Polar H10 in a swim based activity. Can’t wait to test it out. Polar didn’t make any mention of using the Polar OH1 for swim based activities based on their publicity materials other than its waterproof to 30m.

polar oh1 with mobile app

Similarly, the Polar OH1 will also receive firmware updates OTA just like the Polar H10. I have to highlight that despite owning the Polar H10 for close to 3 months now, I’ve yet to receive any OTA updates.

The Polar OH1 is Bluetooth enabled and will sync and record data to compatible iOS and Android devices. Polar has also confirmed compatibility with some of its team softwares such as the Polar GOFIT. Also, this wearable will transmit HR readings to compatible Bluetooth enabled gym machines.

polar oh1 with cycling computer

The OH1 charges via a port with a USB extension which can be plugged directly to computer USB ports for charging and syncing.

The Polar OH1 is priced at $79.95 with additional arm bands at $17.95. The wearable will ship in September if you pre-order now at Polar.

Comparatively, the tried and tested Scosche Rhythm + will set you back $79.95, offers ANT+ options, but is merely IP67 certified.

Source: Polar



1 Comment

  • Reply the5krunnner July 29, 2017 at 6:10 am

    it will probably do Bluetooth smart transmission and also the 5khz polar transmission bandwidth. charger port looks like a cutdown M200 and I missed it was for the upper arm. are you saying it’s forearm AND wrist? or just forearm?

    it will likely work with polar beat and will be able to be firmware updateable thru beat. like the H10.

    it’s an interesting beast. obviously polar could make it really easily. but they must have seen a market for this sensor (obviously) … i’m not quite sure in late 2017 what precisely that market(s) is/are.
    bizarrely the best fit might be for cycling with strava … but i’m not sure they primarily intend that. I suspect they are going for the gym/fitness class market.

    upper arm wearing will give them KUDOS points for optical accuracy (like scosche)…doing it in an easy place! maybe HRV as well?

    sub US$100???

    maybe a standalone device for swimming to sync back to BEAT on a smartphone? might that then imply that the replacement V800 has no optical??? (doubt it)

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