• Thinkware F800: Due August, “Air” Update Later This Year

    By Josh , August 10, 2017 - Leave a comment

    We first talked about the Thinkware F800 back in January. The newest addition to Thinkware’s wide range of dash cams, the F800 won an Innovation Award at CES.

    This award was provided due to the forward-thinking remote features showcased at CES. These features gave the product its original name: Thinkware F800 “Air”.

    Thinkware F800 | From £269 | Clove

    Thinkware F800 Air Features

    Thinkware F800 UK Clove Technology

    These features incorporated Internet of Things (IoT) technology into the camera. With F800 connected to a Wi-Fi network (public, private, or via mobile hotspot), the IoT connection can provide remote alerts. These utilise a Thinkware account system, delivering push notifications to smartphones with the relevant app.

    Alerts could be due to incidents recorded when the car is parked. There’s also the option to create geofences, delivering notifications if the camera goes outside these GPS areas. Finally a Driving Report Service analyses driving patterns to support safe driving.

    Thinkware F800 “Pro”

    Originally set to launch in July, this date arrived with the product only available in Asian markets. The camera was also marketed as the F800 Pro, with the Air features mysteriously absent.

    Having done some investigation, it appears the background services for these features are not yet finished. The hardware is ready though, so rather than wait, Thinkware chose to launch the product without Air.

    It is the Pro version that will be available from Clove this month, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. The full software update to unlock the Air features should be available by the end of the year.

    All Pro models sold will be able to receive the update. This can be completed OTA when connected to a trusted Wi-Fi network. The redesigned F800 app for iOS and Android can also check for updates. Those wanting to do things the more old-fashioned way will be able to download the update and install manually.

    Once the update is released, Thinkware will sell the F800 Air as a complete product, slowly removing the Pro from the market.

     Thinkware F800 | From £269 | Clove

    Thinkware F800 Key Features

    Thinkware F800 Close Up

    • 1080p Sony Exmor R STARVIS Image Sensor with Super WDR
    • Extended low-current parking mode (up to 1-week standby)
    • Super Night Vision 2.0 (Driving & Parking mode)
    • Time Lapse (parking mode only)
    • Safety Camera Alert
    • Road Safety Warning System (LDWS, FCWS, uFCW, FVSA)
    • 140° Wide Angle (Front & Rear)
    • Advanced Video Clear Technology
    • Built-in Wi-Fi / Built-in GPS
    • Format Free 2.0
    • Mobile App (iOS & Android Compatible)
    • PC Viewer For Windows And Mac OS
    • G-sensor Incident Detection
    • Integrated Thermal Protection
    • Eligible for F800 “Air” upgrade (cloud features and remote notifications)

     

    Josh

    Josh joined Clove part time a few years ago whilst studying Computing at Bournemouth University. Since finishing his studies he has remained at Clove in a full time position, involved in sales, returns and social media.

    Involved with both consumer electronics and software since the mid 2000s, keeping up to date with industry developments is as much a hobby as it is a job.

    Easy going but never afraid to share an opinion, Josh can often be found in his spare time listening to some heavy rock or at a local gig as well as playing with the latest gadgets and video games.

    Comments

  • I’m confused… are there 3 different versions of this? F800, F800 Pro, and F800 Air? and if so, what are the differences between them? I get that the Air has cloud features… but what exactly is the Pro? what you say above makes it sound like the Pro is the same as the Air, but that the software simply hasn’t been released yet… so why call it the Pro? did I make a mistake by buying the F800 already?

    • Hi Alan. Admittedly Thinkware haven’t made this very clear and my explanation might not have been clear enough.

      There is only one version of the hardware. The different names are just branding based on what software it ships with.

      Thinkware announced the product as F800 Air in January. When became clear the “Air” features were not going to be available by their own launch date, they rebranded the launch as the F800 Pro. This is what Clove are selling now.

      All Pro models will get the Air software update. When this is ready, Thinkware will produce retail units called F800 Air at the same price, slowly replacing all the stock available in stores.

      There is no standalone F800 product, just the Pro or Air (when released).

      • actually… from the looks of it, there really is at least 2. while trying to find answers after I posted these questions, I found that Thinkware has put up a page for the Pro now… and I did a side by side comparison between the F800 and the Pro. The major difference is that the camera on the pro is black, something a lot of people apparently really wanted so that it’s harder to spot, and a low energy parking mode that goes to sleep, will wake instantly on an impact of some sort, and then record for a moment.

        http://www.thinkware.com/Products/Dashcam/F800PRO

        the one I have is the one just labeled F800 with the silver camera.

        http://www.thinkware.com/Products/Dashcam/F800

        • Thanks Alan – I’ve spoken to Thinkware’s UK distributor for complete clarification.

          It seems that the base F800 was for the USA only. That market was pushing hard for a product so they rushed the base F800 to them early.

          The F800 PRO is the new UK release and officially the only model sold in the UK. This is the model we have in stock and are selling now. You are correct about the all-black design and the new low-power parking mode with g-sensor wake up.

          I am checking if the base F800 will be eligible for the cloud AIR update. The PRO certainly will

        • OK sadly it would seem that the base F800 model released in America will NOT be eligible for the Air upgrade. Only the recently released PRO model will accept this.

          • Hey Josh, a few questions, do you already have the rear cameras for the F800 in stock? do you know if your version of the rear camera would work with the US F800 (I don’t even know how the connect together, or if they connect together or whatever)? and then what would the cost be in US dollars to get one shipped here if it will work? they still don’t have the rear cameras released here and I’ve been waiting to get it before taking my car in to have these professionally wired…

  • Therefore, the F800 is the only model available in the USA, and Not the F-800 Pro. As such, without the Pro version, USA customers will never have the Pro or Air versions available to purchase? Is this correct? IT would be nice to be able to purchase the Pro and then upgrade to the Air version later this year..

    • Yes this is what I have been informed by Thinkware UK.

      F800 (base model) is the official USA release and this will not get the Air upgrade. F800 PRO is UK/Europe release and will get the upgrade.

      We sell the PRO version here at Clove Technology and can ship to you in the USA. The Thinkware website has firmware and safety camera downloads for the USA region (and other countries) which are free and can be installed on the included SD card:

      https://www.clove.co.uk/thinkware-dash-cam-f800
      http://www.thinkware.com/Support/Download

        • I am not sure if Thinkware’s regional support would cover our UK stock in the USA. I would recommend asking them what they would do for you if you have imported stock.

          If they do not cover our stock, then it would need to be returned to us in the Uk in the event of any warranty issues.

    • Hi Mark. All updates are free.

      If the camera is connected to Wi-Fi (if you park in range of your house, or take the camera inside), then it can update automatically.

      Alternatively you can download new updates from the Thinkware website to your PC, then follow the instruction to install them in the correct location on the camera’s SD card.

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