Casio announced its first smartwatch at CES 2016. The new WSD-F10 runs on Android Wear and it’s tailored for outdoor use. The “tough smartwatch” measures 2.4 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches, weighs 3.2 ounces, and has a 1.32-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 300 pixels. Perhaps the most innovative features of the Casio smartwatch are being water-resistant up to 50 meters and having a dual-layer display that features monochrome and full-colour mode. Using the monochrome display in Timepiece Mode will allow the battery to last for about a month.
The WSD-F10 smartwatch complies with U.S. military standards. It has a built-in microphone, barometer, compass and accelerometer, with users able to check altitude, air pressure, tide graphs and activity, among other things. Although the watch is not equipped with GPS, it is meant to be linked to a GPS-equipped smartphone so GPS features can be used.
The Casio WSD-F10 comes in black, orange, red and army green colour options. It wil cost around $500 and is expected to be released in April.
Fossil just recently launched its Q line of connected wearables but they’re already expanding it with a new model. The Q54 Pilot is an analog watch with Intel technology and motion sensors for basic smartphone notifications and activity tracking. The watch can pair with iOS or Android devices and can count your steps, monitor burned calories or alert you by colour coded notifications and vibrations. The device is similar to the previously released Q Grant, but with a different design aesthetic. It is not as capable as Android Wear or Apple Watch, rather it gathers the basic smart technology in a normal higher-end watch.
The Q54 Pilot will be released later this Spring ranging from $175 to $215, depending on the kind of strap you want.
Razer says the Nabu Watch is not actually a smartwatch, they call it instead a digital watch with smart features. The device uniqueness consists in having two screen and two battery power sources. The main monochromatic backlit display uses a 12-month cell battery to power the clock, alarms, stopwatch and all the other things anyone expects from a normal watch. The second OLED display is used for presenting fitness-tracking data and notifications for texts, calls, emails, and alerts from a connected smartphone via an iPhone/Android app. The rechargeable battery for the bottom screen can go for a week between charges.
The Nabu Watch is going on sale this month for $149.99 and $199.99 for the Forged edition, which swaps in stainless steel buttons.
4. Fitbit Blaze
Fitbit announced a new, more fashionable smart fitness watch called Blaze. The watch features a colour touchscreen, a five-day battery life and is compatible with iOS and Android devices, with data synced wirelessly to the Fitbit app. Fitbit also allows you to change the design of the watch. The centre part of Blaze pops out and can be swapped into other bands and accessories.
The Blaze will use your phone’s connection to track GPS for runs and to get notifications for incoming calls, texts, and calendar appointments. “The common knock against general-purpose smartwatches today is that they’re very overwhelming, they do too much, and they cut into your battery life,” declared Fitbit CEO James Park. So in order to be less distracting the device will not run third party apps.
The Blaze will be available in March for $200.
The Chinese manufacturer surprised the world by teaming up with Swarovski to produce a new pair of glamorous Android Wear smartwatches called Elegant and Jewel. The new models have mostly the same features as the original Huawei Watch, but instead offer a softer, more feminine aesthetic and are aimed specifically for women.
The Huawei Watch Jewel has a watch face that is surrounded by 68 Swarovski Zirconia gemstones. On the other hand, the Huawei Watch Elegant has a curved, rose gold-plated body and an embossed top ring design. Both watches come with genuine Italian leather straps in a choice of pearl white and sapphire blue colour options. The watch faces are 44mm in diameter and are slightly bigger than the original version. Also they have the same 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 display and a full complement of sensors for tracking activity and the weather.
The new models will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for the price of $499 for Elegant and $599 for Jewel.