Smartphone maker Alcatel OneTouch has announced a series of products at the ongoing CES 2015. The company is stepping into the field of wearables with its own smartwatch dubbed as the ‘Watch’. OneTouch Watch is a line of premium smartwatches with “elegant design at a very accessible price” and look like traditional watches.
“It’s called a wearable, so we wanted to make something that would be a pleasure to wear,” said Dan Dery, Chief Marketing Officer of Alcatel OneTouch. “The watch face and the band are slim, like a regular watch, but it has the multi-functionality of a smartwatch.”
Alcatel’s OneTouch Watch boasts of almost all features of typical mainstream smartwatches, packed with several sensors to monitor the wearer’s activities such as heart-rate monitor, gyroscope, altimeter, accelerometer and e-compass. Users can track their steps taken, distance covered, calories burned and also their sleep cycle. The smartwatch can connect with a smartphone to get call and social media notifications. It vibrates to warn a user when he goes too far from the phone and acts as a remote control for taking photos, listening to music or ring the phone to locate it.
Let’s have a look at the specs of the OneTouch Watch:
The Watch has a classic round design with a traditional look. The body is made of metal and its strap has a flat clasp. The watch-face is 10.5mm thick, Moto 360 is slightly thicker at 11.5mm and LG G Watch R slightly smaller at 9.7mm.
The Watch comes in different styles and colors including sporty dark red/volcano black, elegant metal-white, feminine all-white and classic chrome/dark gray. It is IP67 certified for dust and water resistance and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0.
The Watch has a sleep/wake button, an accelerometer that turns on when a user wants to check the time or notification. It has a 210mAh battery that the company claims will last for up to 5 days and get charged within the hour. The USB charger is embedded inside the wrist band and the Watch can be easily plugged to a computer for charging. No separate cable is needed.
The Watch display is 1.22-inches in diameter. The dimension appears to be small but because it is round, except for a small chin, the space available is good enough to have a simple easy-to-read watch face. The small cut off segment at the base has a touch-sensitive panel to get app list or exit an app.
CHIPSET and INTERFACE:
The OneTouch Watch has an ST429 chipset and Alcatel’s own operating system, not the usual Android Wear. The OS takes care of all the Watch features such as basics, heart-rate and health monitoring and notifications.
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch is compatible both with smartphnes running Android 4.3 or above and iOS 7 or above. It works with several Alcatel smartphones including Hero 2, Idol X+, Idol 2 Mini, Idol 2, Pop D series, Pop S series and Pop M series.
Overall, the design as well as the price of the Alcatel OneTouch Watch is attractive. It is said to cost just $149, which makes it a great buy for the price. The Watch will be available somewhere in March this year directly from Alcatel.