(Pocket-lint) - The TomTom Spark (and the Runner sister product) have expanded their skills with a new route discovery feature.

In its new guise as the TomTom Spark 3 (or Runner 3), you get all the features of the current models, but boosted with the new route tracking feature.

Using the Spark's compass and GPS, the route will be traced across the display, meaning you can run free, knowing that the watch has a record of where you've come from, so you can easily find your way back to the start. 

This new feature sits alongside the Spark's optical heart rate tracking, which we've found to be very good on previous models, as well as its regular GPS tracking which will record your speed and distance.

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As before, the TomTom Spark is designed to track a range of different sports, from running to cycling, and offers 40m water resistance.

Although the body of the watch remains the same design as previously – with a large four-way controller sitting below the display, the Spark 3 offers a newly designed strap that's softer and more comfortable, with more elegant fastenings than before.

The Spark 3 syncs with your MySports app to let you examine your workout in more detail once you've finished. 

As with the existing Spark or Runner models there will be a number of different versions, covering the basic Spark 3, Spark 3 + Music with Bluetooth headphones, Spark 3 Cardio, Spark 3 Cardio + Music and finally Spark 3 Cardio Music + Headphones.


The entry level Spark 3 device lacks the heart track sensor or music and starts at £119.99; the top level model will cost you £249.99.

The Spark 3/Runner 3 will initially launch in the Cardio + Music configuration at £199.99 and goes on pre-order today. The full range will be available from October.

Writing by Chris Hall.