The Omate TrueSmart is a watch with the guts of an Android smartphone, and the software and features to match — including the ability to make phone calls from your wrist.
Omate raised a million dollars through Kickstarter last year in order to build its first smartwatch, and now the company is showing off an updated model that’s 30 percent lighter.
Some early Kickstarter backers are unimpressed with the new Omate TrueSmart Elegance.
The problem is that Omate has yet to ship watches to all of the people who pledged to back the team’s crowd-funding campaign. While it’s true that placing a pledge isn’t quite the same thing as pre-ordering a product (there’s no guarantee the company will be able to deliver what it promises), many folks have left annoyed comments on Facebook complaining that Omate is building next-gen hardware before delivering all of the first-gen devices that have already been “ordered.”
As for the new device, it’s made of aluminum and not only lighter than the original Stainless Steel model, but also available in different colors. Omate plans to offer a choice of black, ping, or bronze colors.
The Elegance name also seems a bit ironic — the first-gen Truesmart wasn’t exactly the prettiest smartwatch I’ve ever seen, but the new models look like rather chunky plastic devices.
That said, the new model will cost a bit more than the original $249 model. The Omate Truesmart Elegance has a $299 price tag. There’s also a limited edition TrueSmart Sparkle with Swarovski crystals and a $499 price tag.
via Smartwatch Fans