A few weeks ago, we brought you the news that ZTE were going to launch their first Android Wear smartwatch. The ZW10, as it was codenamed, wasn’t overly surrounded by rumour because news of it popped up very quickly. We did hear though that it would run the latest version of Android Wear 2.0, and have a ‘quartz’ movement.
Today, we’re pleased to report that we have been proven right on one count and close on another, because ZTE has finally launched their new smartwatch.
Introducing the ZTE Quartz
The ZTE Quartz (see, we were almost bang on with our quartz reference) is an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. It has a 400 x 400 1.4-inch AMOLED display, which is a higher display resolution than the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and HUAWEI Watch 2, and it has the largest battery of any Android Wear smartwatch to date, with a 500mAh unit.
That larger-than-average battery is one of the reasons ZTE called their smartwatch the ‘Quartz’. They wanted a name that would make obvious the device’s key feature. When you consider that the Gear S3 has a 380mAh battery, there’s no reason why the ZTE Quartz won’t be able to last two days on a single charge at least.
Another thing the ZTE Quartz has going for it is simplicity. We recently wrote about the Tommy Hilfiger TH24/7You, a smartwatch that offers a basic Android Wear experience and is all the better for it. Well, the ZTE Quartz follows a similar theme - it doesn’t have a heart-rate sensor, nor does it have NFC. It doesn’t have a rotating bezel or multiple buttons on the side of the case. Simply put, the Quartz is a back-to-basics device, although it does have a GPS module, so it can be used to navigate the great outdoors.
The ZTE Quartz is good looking too. The 1.4” AMOLED display is sharp and vibrant, and it’s set in an angled and brushed stainless steel case. There’s a single textured button on the side of the case (which is akin to the button on a Google Pixel phone), which you use to turn the device on or off. Everything else is controlled on the touchscreen. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and it has Wi-Fi so it can make full use of Android Wear 2.0’s new features (such as the ability to download applications straight onto the device). It also has 3G, which is a perk of partnering with carrier T-Mobile (more on this below).
ZTE Quartz Pricing and Availability
The ZTE Quartz has been launched as a T-Mobile exclusive, which means customers will have the opportunity to sign up to one of T-Mobile’s data plans.
The Quartz will cost you $199 without a plan, or $192 with a plan. With 3G enabled, you’ll be able to use the Quartz untethered from a smartphone. However, it’s important to point out that you can still use it indoors without 3G, since it has Wi-Fi.