Samsung and Qualcomm aren’t the only companies introducing new smartwatches this week. Chinese device maker Smart Devices is planning to launch its first watch this month.
While Smart Devices isn’t exactly a household name in the West, the company does have a habit of releasing interesting and affordable devices like the SmartQ U7 tablet with a built-in projector.
So what can we expect from the Smart Devices W1 smartwatch?
It’s expected to features a 1.55 inch color display, a touchscreen with support for multitouch, WiFi and Bluetooth. It also has sensors including a gyroscope and accelerometer.
The watch can play music files, display the time, weather, or calendar appointments, and pairs with your Android smartphone to handle text messages, emails, and phone calls.
There’s no word yet on how much the watch will cost, where it will be available, what kind of battery life it will offer, or other important details. But with a launch scheduled for mid to late September, we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out more.
But we are only in the beginning of the development of smartwatches!
Just, see what will be possible when Amoled displays on flexible substrate and flexible Li-ion batteries will be common.
Than we will see many differerent types of small and larger smartwatches.
The number-1 question with smartwatches is: Is the battery user serviceable (changeable)? Battery cycles will be high with smartwatches – therefore you will need a new battery more often than with many other larger devices. Non user serviceable batteries are a form of planned obsolescence.
I have had my Sony LiveView for over two years with no battery issues…I don’t think it will be that big a deal, as Amazon sells these Sony Smart-watches for $22.00, so it would be cheaper to buy a new one!, I purchased a spare just because….
It looks really nice. If it is at an affordable price, it could do well in the market.
Since it from the Smart Devices company, it would be neat if it had a Smart Fortwo siholette (outline) as the ‘shell’ of the watch and the Smart logo as the wallpaper. I think this would be cool since I own a Smart Fortwo.
Would be nice to know if it has GPS or not. Never sure if an omission from mentioning it means it doesn’t have it or it wasn’t considered. I can’t fathom buying a smartwatch without GPS included so I can use it as a fitness device.
if you want everything in the watch it’s no longer a watch?…if you keep it simple, it will be less costly?, but we can have multi-levels of tech with $$, personally my phone and fitbit is fine, you are going to have you’re phone on a run! so why do you need to double up on GPS?
Of course I’m not going to have my phone with me. Why would I want to carry something with a 4 or 5 inch screen (phone screens have been getting larger and larger these days) when I go for a run? Where would I put it? Will it still work when it gets wet from rain or sweat dripping on it? Motorola had their MotoActv “watch” two years ago with GPS so it’s easily possible. This is supposed to be a “smart” watch – – don’t make it like a dumb terminal.
I guess you can carry an old small flip phone, I just don’t see myself going anywhere without a phone.
But there are watchphones with GPS,,, https://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Phone-Watch-Kids-Tracker/dp/B00CTZKXYC/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1378681413&sr=8-11&keywords=watch+phone+gps
This could be interesting. Smart Devices seams like, in theory, one of the least worst Chinese tech companies. I’ve been seriously tempted by several of their devices over the years like their SmartQ 5, which was an incredibly forward device for the time.
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