The Montblanc Summit Lite is the German luxurious model’s newest smartwatch, providing a barely lower cost and a brand new give attention to well being and health.
It is cheaper than 2019’s Summit 2 and the LTE-packing Summit 2+ that landed in 2020, the Lite goes somewhat lighter on worth.
At £700 (€790 – it is not on sale within the US but), it is $160 cheaper than the Summit 2. That is not loopy costly in luxurious smartwatch phrases – it is means cheaper than the Tag Heuer Connected or Hublot Big Bang and across the similar worth as a stainless steel Apple Watch Series 6 44mm.
It retains the excessive grade supplies, and options like a coronary heart fee monitor, built-in GPS and NFC funds are all in place too. And it is Google’s Put on OS that runs the present.
To make the Lite really feel somewhat completely different to make use of to the opposite Summit watches, Montblanc has clearly taken a extra health and wellness method with the software program extras it is added on prime of Google’s.
So we have established it is expensive, and when you’ve already accepted that and ready to spend large on a smartwatch, is the Montblanc Summit Lite the correct alternative?
We have been dwelling with it to seek out out. This is our full verdict.
Montblanc Summit Lite: Design and display
When Montblanc first entered the smartwatch area, we might totally anticipated the model to nail it on the design aspect of issues, however that wasn’t actually the case.
Issues did noticeably enhance on the second technology Summit and our temporary time with the Summit 2+ confirmed it is now extra on observe with delivering a beautiful smartwatch.
With the Summit Lite, you do must be resigned to now not having the choice of a stainless-steel case, with simply an aluminium possibility out there as a substitute. It is nonetheless a top quality case and does are available black and gray choices (we had the black model), nevertheless it’s clearly a cause for the slight worth drop.
It is a 43mm case, so simply zero.5mm smaller than the one on the Summit 2+, with some chrome steel nonetheless reserved for the pushers and the twisting watch crown.
That case homes a smaller 1.19-inch, 390 x 390 decision AMOLED touchscreen show that does have always-on possibility. Whereas it is a drop down in dimension, it is up there with one of the best you may discover on Put on OS smartwatches. You get these nice deep blacks and correct colors and we will have little complaints on what’s on supply right here.
It is a brilliant display as nicely and you may seemingly not have to resort to the utmost brightness setting on most events. We did not have any visibility points in brilliant outside gentle both, and Montblanc does embrace and extra daylight enhance mode on supply to quickly perk up the display brightness right here too.
That case is paired up together with your alternative of a 22mm, interchangeable sporty rubber or cloth band to offer it much less of a proper look than the Summit 2+ and also you’re getting a reasonably customary conventional watch-style buckle that actually stored it in place all through our time of testing it.
The material band we needed to dwell with truly makes use of a softer, extra sweat-friendly inside, which suggests it is one you possibly can carry on for exercises no drawback.
As a package deal, it has been slapped with a 5ATM water-proof score, making it protected for becoming a member of you within the bathe and getting within the pool, when it is protected to try this once more.
Whereas the Summit 2 and a couple of+ play as much as Montblanc’s extra business-friendly look, it is a barely completely different story with the Lite. The black case and black cloth combo we had on our wrist clearly channels a extra informal look.
It is clear, slick and minimalist, however we had been simply hoping for one thing somewhat extra thrilling on a £700 smartwatch.
Montblanc Summit Lite: Put on OS and extras
So now we get into the software program, which is acquainted Put on OS story, although Montblanc does attempt to stamp its authority on issues right here too. All of the hallmarks of Google’s working system is in place. The identical gestures for navigating to your stream of notifications or fast settings. There’s Google’s typical suite of apps together with Google Assistant and Pay due to the onboard NFC.
Nothing that we have seen on the Summit Lite has modified our opinion of Put on OS. It simply does not really feel as polished as watchOS or Tizen OS. There’s an older processor tech powering the efficiency with the Summit Lite counting on the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. For the reason that 3100, we have had the 4100 and the 4100+, although only a few watches pack the latter.
Whereas it’s older tech, it is not one thing we actually felt impacted on efficiency. There’s wasn’t any noticeable lag or stuttering when apps launched. There’s some small loading instances on a few of Montblanc’s personal apps, nevertheless it’s hardly a painful look forward to them in addition up.
Montblanc nonetheless provides its personal very distinctive assortment of watch faces to decorate your display up alongside a terrific Day by day Model app that gives you 5 new watch faces to check out. It additionally contains extra apps you will not at present discover on its different watches.
The primary known as Physique Power works in a similar way to Garmin’s Physique Battery monitor, taking a look at your day by day train and exercise together with sleep monitoring to offer you an perception into the type of power ranges it’s important to tackle the day. That sleep monitoring knowledge is gathered from the LifeQ Sleep app, the place you possibly can observe sleep phases together with REM sleep, sleep high quality and effectivity.
Cardio Coach is an try to delve deeper into the type of coaching load and evaluation options discovered on sports activities watches. It guarantees to suggest the really helpful quantity of cardio train to do day by day based mostly your coaching load, restoration time and health degree, which is taken out of your VO2 Max.
There’s additionally a Stress app, which is able to repeatedly monitor stress throughout the day by way of coronary heart fee monitoring, which is customary follow for many stress monitoring watches.
Whereas these are all nice to see being added by Montblanc, there’s a drawback. There is not a companion app out there to view this knowledge in larger element. It is all on the watch, so there is no actual option to get a way how dependable this knowledge actually is over time if you cannot see traits over an extended interval. Then there’s the accuracy drawback, which we’ll get into subsequent.
Montblanc Summit Lite: Health and sports activities monitoring
On the sensor entrance, every thing you get on the Summit 2/2+ from a health and monitoring level if view, is right here too. You’ve got obtained built-in GPS, a barometer to trace elevation and an optical coronary heart fee monitor. You possibly can look to Google’s suite of Match apps, Montblanc’s personal apps or go for some third celebration choices as a substitute. As we mentioned, Montblanc’s choices dwell on the watch.
If you happen to use a mix of Google’s and Montblanc’s apps, it will get messy in a short time. You really want to go all in with one or the opposite. Particularly when you favour monitoring exercises over day by day step counts.
We’ll begin with the Cardio Coach app the place you possibly can see your coronary heart fee, day by day calorie burn and a advised cardio exercise. You can even see coaching load, restoration time and a VO2 Max rating.
We tracked a number of GPS runs by this mode and GPS distance monitoring was truly fairly shut compared to a Garmin Fenix 6 Professional. Tempo common knowledge wasn’t far off both, although it was a distinct story for coronary heart fee monitoring. It posted considerably decrease common and most coronary heart fee readings in comparison with a Garmin HRM Professional chest strap.
Coronary heart fee monitoring in contrast for HIIT: Montblanc Summit Lite (left) and Garmin HRM-Professional chest strap (proper)
After we switched issues again indoors for some Fiit dwelling exercises and a bootcamp class, we obtained blended outcomes from that coronary heart fee monitor once more. With the Fiit exercises, it largely matched up with Apple’s dependable Apple Watch Collection 6 coronary heart fee monitor.
After we switched to match to a chest strap monitor for a bootcamp class, the max and common BPM readings had been off sufficient to place you into a distinct coronary heart fee zone. It was notably worse with common BPM readings.
Finally what that additionally means is that apps just like the Cardio Coach, Physique Monitor and stress monitoring Montblanc has constructed into Put on OS can solely be of worth if the center fee monitor pushing knowledge to them will be relied on. In our expertise that did not actually really feel just like the case.
It is a comparable story for the addition of sleep monitoring, which feels weirdly executed on the watch. You possibly can’t see yesterday’s sleep, so how are you aware in case your sleep is getting higher? We went to sleep with it alongside a Fitbit Sense and it simply did not appear to work for us.
There’s some good concepts right here and the thought of getting these coaches and insights to let you know when to choose up the exercise depth could possibly be helpful, In the event that they had been executed nicely and had the dependable sensors to again them up. That is merely not what we discovered on the Summit Lite.
Montblanc Summit Lite: Battery life
The Summit Lite packs in a smaller 400mAh battery in comparison with the 440mAh sized one included on the Summit 2. Although it is basically designed to offer you a day’s play and presumably push to a day and a half. When you find yourself operating low, there’s a battery saver mode there too, letting you view the time solely.
In our expertise utilizing it in full smartwatch mode, that single day’s play is correct. If you happen to think about utilizing GPS or monitoring a exercise, then that does put a sizeable dent in battery life. An hour of operating with GPS knocked battery life by nearly 50%. In a day with out monitoring, you would be prone to have 20-30% left over the next morning when you take it to mattress to trace sleep. It was normally right down to about 20-30% with a tracked exercise.
That battery saver mode is helpful by providing you with a pleasant Montblanc watch face to take a look at when you simply need to use it as a watch and will provide you with greater than a day’s of use from it. Finally although, that is one the place you are going to want to make use of the charger on a reasonably common foundation by every week when you do not need to get caught quick in full smartwatch mode.
Montblanc Summit Lite
The Montblanc Summit Lite is a luxurious smartwatch with a luxurious worth. And the combo of a mode, premium supplies and a few good well being options on paper seems like a profitable combine. Nevertheless, the train extras Montblanc provides on prime of Put on OS fall quick. The guts fee monitor accuracy is problematic, and there must be a cellphone app to assist make sense of all the additional metrics and knowledge factors. It is a beautiful wanting smartwatch however when you’re in search of one thing extra than simply seems, the health flaws make it exhausting to suggest.
- Tidy look and good strap
- Good high quality show
- Good watch faces and day by day watches
- Software program extras let down by sensors
- Wants a companion app
- GPS dents battery life