When TAG Heuer launched their first smartwatch two years ago, not even they could have predicted it would be so popular. At $1,800, the Tag Heuer Connected had a retail price that was borderline cheeky compared to the competition, and yet, 56,000 of them sold worldwide. In simple terms, that’s three-times the sales Tag Heuer expected, which isn’t bad at all, and especially so when you consider the price tag. The Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 And so, Tag Heuer is back this year with an all-new smartwatch that it hopes will mimic the success of its predecessor. The Tag Heuer Con..
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Market analytics firm Counterpoint Research, who analyse automotive, components, IoT, smartphone and wearables markets (among others), have released a report considering the rise of hybrid smartwatches and where they believe the industry will grow. The report says that “In 2016, smartwatches did not achieve the expected sales. However, the smart wristwear market is evolving with hybrid watches,” and points to $1 billion in revenue for the hybrid smartwatch market in 2017. “77 per cent Annual Growth” Peter Richardson, Research Director, Counterpoint Research, said: "Hybrid sm..
HUAWEI has announced the HUAWEI Watch 2. It has a polarising new design, and display technology that we see as somewhat of a downgrade over the original. Here’s everything you need to know about it: Design First and foremost, there’s two HUAWEI Watch models now: The HUAWEI Watch 2 (which has a 20mm sports strap), and the HUAWEI Watch 2 Classic (which has a 22mm leather strap). Both models have ditched the angled stainless steel bezel of the original HUAWEI Watch, for a ceramic bezel with minute markers. The ceramic bezel is virtually scratch-proof, which is a sweet upgrade o..
Depending on who you ask, Nokia is on its way back. The re-release of the Nokia 3310 has got people talking about what the Nokia brand - which is now run by HMD Global - could be onto next, with some predicting that a smartwatch could be on the cards. Well, we’ve got news for you: Nokia already has several smartwatches in the pipeline, and we already know everything there is to know about them. How’s that? Because in May 2016, Nokia and HMD Global bought French technology firm Withings. And, this year, they are set to relaunch Withings’ existing product portfolio (which comprises the..
Back in 2014, Korean start-up Dot showcased their vision for the future of smartwatches for people who are visually impaired. The Dot Smartwatch had a rectangular face with tiny moving components that replicated braille bumps. The Dot smartwatch had serious quality-control issues, however, because the braille bumps would break from prolonged use and as such, Dot went back to the drawing board to refine their product. Three years later, Dot are back with an all-new Dot Smartwatch that we’re told is far more reliable than the first version. The new Dot smartwatch even has a new design, di..
Most people who buy a diver’s watch, be it a Citizen or an Omega, never actually dive with it. Instead, they buy their diver’s watch because they like the way it looks, or sometimes, for the fancy movement inside, and the only action the watch sees is ‘desk diving’. If you like the way dive watches look too, but you want to get in on the fitness and activity tracking capabilities of smartwatches, then consider a smartwatch called the Alpina Seastrong Horological. The Alpina Seastrong Horological shares some of the same name as the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic, but the two watche..
If I asked you to name the single biggest limitation that smartwatches have, you’d be right if you answered “battery life”. Every day, or every few days at best, you must charge a HUAWEI Watch or an Apple Watch to continue using it. That goes against the point of a watch, which is to tell the time reliably. Hybrid smartwatches have answered that limitation somewhat by offering a battery life in the 6-24-month range. But let’s face it - even hybrid smartwatches, with their coin cell batteries, are limited by their battery. And, unfortunately, automatic movements do not generate the energ..
The Apple Watch Series 2 has a battery life rated for a day. The Withings Activité has a battery life rated for 8 months. That’s a huge difference in battery life. The reason? The Withings Activité is a hybrid smartwatch, which means it has a traditional analogue watch face with fitness tracking sensors built in, as opposed to a touchscreen display with its own operating system, like the Apple Watch Series 2 has. There are quite a few hybrid smartwatches out right now to choose from. But a new watch has come into our notice with something new: A battery life that’s rated for 2-years, wh..
The current generation of smartwatches can track your steps, detect what activities you perform, calculate your calorie burn and monitor and measure your heart rate. These solo functions are valuable for a wide variety of people, although these smartwatches are yet to break into healthcare with any real force, a market which many people thought would be a key beneficiary of the smartwatch revolution. The biggest challenge smartwatches face with healthcare is that the data they collect isn’t guaranteed accurate. For instance, no OEM has published a percentage accuracy of the optical hear..
Fitbit followed on from their purchase of Pebble by announcing the acquisition of Vector this week, a smartwatch start-up best-known for its Vector watch, which has a 30-day battery life. Vector made headline news in 2015 when they raised $5 million in funding for a smartwatch that would run their own Vector OS. The Vector watch, however, never sold in any great volume so it’s unsurprising to see a wearables giant such as Fitbit move in to snap the brand up. Fitbit launched the Fitbit blaze last January, with the device getting generally favourable reviews among media outlets, but the B..