Qualcomm’s first foray into the smartwatch space is set to go on sale December 2nd for $350. That makes the Toq smartwatch about $50 more expensive than a Samsung Galaxy Gear and more than twice the price of a Pebble smartwatch. But the Toq has a few things no other device in its class has.
More importantly, I don’t think Qualcomm really expects to make a lot of money selling the watch to consumers — it’s priced at $350 because it’s not cheap to make and it’s described as a limited edition device designed to showcase the company’s technology.
Update: You can pre-order a Toq smartwatch for $350.
In other words, the Toq smartwatch is kind of Qualcomm’s version of Google Glass — and by that standard, it’s actually kind of cheap. Google charges $1500 for its wearable computer right now.
The Toq smartwatch is a wearable device that can display the time, weather, or other information at a glance. You can pair it with your phone to view notifications, accept or reject phone calls, and perform other actions.
It comes preloaded with weather and stock apps, and Qualcomm says it’ll continue to ad functionality to the device.
What really helps set it apart from other smartwatches is Qualcomm’s Mirasol display. It’s an always-visible, reflective display that works with or without a backlight. You should be able to get days of battery life with this watch, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
The Toq also supports wireless charging and supports optional stereo Bluetooth headphones. There are no buttons on the device itself — Qualcomm says the Toq supports touchless controls.
The Toq smartwatch will be available December 2nd from toq.qualcomm.com.