Alcatel has jumped into the bandwagon of smartwatches with its new wrist-worn wearable with the same round display, which can be found on the recently showcased Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. The device is introduced at the IFA 2014 Expo in Berlin, where company announced this surprising wearable with its flagship device, One Touch Hero 2.
The Alcatel smartwatch does not run on Google’s Android Wear OS, as company is convinced that its custom operating system will be less battery sipping device as company aims at longer runtime. There is no word on when this mystical device will arrive in retail stores, but company has made clear that it would be priced at €99, which roughly translates to $128 making it the most affordable smartwatch announced yet.
It will be interesting to see how this first wearable from French firm performs in the real world, though, the hardware details are still scant. But it is known that the watch will support USB charging as it is built right into the wrist strap. The display size is unknown, but it will show you the notifications, lets you control music playback, and act as a shutter control, operating the camera of your smartphone, probably compatible with Alcatel One Touch smartphones.
The device will also boasts a variety of custom watch faces that can suit your style as well as it will feature a built-in heart rate monitor and compass for your health and direction needs.
With many big brands like Samsung, LG, Motorola and Asus have already announced their smartwatches, while some companies like Garmin are introducing fitness bands that can acts as a smartwatch available within an affordable price range, then, there is a good possibility that these non-Android Wear smartwatches might create their own space in the wearable market in coming months.
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