Alcatel ONETOUCH Watch now available for pre-order, iOS and Android connectivity, $149
It has also started selling unlocked devices directly to consumers, capable smartphones like the ONETOUCH Idol X+ and the ONETOUCH Idol 2S, each well under $300 free-and-clear. More than a dozen unlocked and carrier branded devices are available now through Alcatel's direct sales site.
Another big push Alcatel is making involves wearables too. The company announced the ONETOUCH Watch at CES. This nifty little gadget is a no nonsense wearable that will work with an iPhone or Android smartphone, and in addition to providing 3-to-5 days of battery life, it also comes in at just $149.
While the ONETOUCH Watch brings a traditional form factor for a watch, it also houses the necessary features to provide the wearer with a supplement to his or her smartphone, rather than be an outright replacement. The interface is straightforward and easy to figure out.
The display is 1.22-inches in diameter, and is almost completely round, mimicking the small chin that the Moto 360 has. In lieu of going the Android Wear route, Alcatel opted to build a proprietary interface that is efficient and functional - provide notifications, activity monitoring, music controls, and heart rate data. The ONETOUCH Watch also houses an altimeter, e-compass, NFC tag, and is IP67 water and dust resistant, so you can take it in the shower. You may also select from a number of different watch faces, and shake your wrist to activate your camera, so you can take selfies without reaching for a camera button somewhere.
Coupling that with efficient hardware, and Alcatel can offer a device that does not need to be charged daily. When it is time to recharge, there is no cable or inductive charger to worry about, simply unsnap the tip of the wrist band and plug the whole thing in to a USB-2.0 port. Charging should take an hour or less.
As long as you are running an Android smartphone running 4.3 and up, or an iPhone running iOS 7 or later, you can connect to the ONETOUCH Watch. Alcatel is now accepting pre-orders for the ONETOUCH Watch with the black wrist band. Other color options will be available later this year.
More details are available in the press release below, and the source link will bring you to Alcatel’s order page if you want to order your ONETOUCH Watch. You can also check out the hands-on time we got with the neat new watch.