Just in case you hadn't seen enough wearables
coming out of CES this year, Archos is adding three smartwatches to the mix. The company is most well known for its budget Android tablets, and is now moving into the smartwatch game, although details are a bit scarce right now. We don't know much more than the prices and what the watches look like.
The low-end model will cost just $50 and feature black and white display similar to the Pebble, and it will be capable of keeping the watch going for about 1.5 weeks. Going up the ladder, there is a $100 model that will feature a 1.8-inch color LCD display, but the tradeoff there is that the battery life gets cut to just 2 days. The top option is slated at $129 and features a curved eInk display and metal housing; it is also rated at 1.5 weeks of battery life.
As far as functionality, Archos said the idea is to "extend" your smartphone, but didn't give too much detail. The watches will be able to connect to an Android or iOS device via Bluetooth LE and will offer customizable notifications, media controls, and more. It's unclear if there will be standalone apps for the watches, and no word yet on availability.
1. $50 smartwatch
The low end option costs $50, and features 1.5 weeks of battery life.
2. $100 smartwatch
The mid-tier option costs $100, and features 2 days of battery life
3. $129 smartwatch
The high end option costs $129, and features 1.5 weeks of battery life