Alcatel OneTouch announces its own smartwatch – "affordable" beauty

Alcatel OneTouch will have its own booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, which starts on January the 6th, where it's going to show, among other things, their entry into the smartwatch scene.

And a beautiful entry it's going to be, it seems, as the marketing image shows us a circular device (and – yes, a complete circle), with 4 different straps, which all look pretty stylish. Alcatel OneTouch says its aim was for a traditional look and feel, while the software inside the classy looking shell is packed with many watchfaces and "apps that allow users to monitor daily activity" (let's assume pedometer and heartbeat sensor).

Named just Watch (the Alcatel OneTouch Watch), the device seems to offer as much as other wearables do – remote music playback control, photo taking, notification checking, etc., but Alcatel OneTouch also promises a “smart price”, so we could possibly be looking at the first rather affordable circular smartwatch. Unfortunately, we have no word on how low of a value a "smart price" is.

Aside from the price tag being still under wraps, we also have no idea about the hardware that's humming inside the Alcatel OneTouch Watch, and no word on what OS it's running on (early reports say Alcatel homebrew). Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Would you be interested in the Alcatel Watch if it were priced, say, under $200?



1. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It's not Android Wear FYI. And Alcatel OneTouch stated 99 Euro starting price in September when they first showed this off.

2. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Moto 360 and apple watch's baby

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

If this watch looks like the render, there will be nothing special about the 360 other than it was the first round smart watch. This has the same bezeless display. If this rocks android wear, the 360 is even less unique. The Apple watch is different in that it's only for iPhones. There are other differences, but I won't get into that.

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It looks exactly like the render. It was demoed months ago. The problem is that Alcatel OneTouch is a very cheap brand and I'd be worried abut the feel and durability of the watch.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I just check out the video. It's looks pretty solid, but I would need a hands on to be sure. I actually hope this does not run android wear and works with iPhone. I would buy this and the Apple warch. I love watches.

9. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It doesn't run Android Wear but it likely won't be working with an iPhone.

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Why not?

18. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Alcatel said Android only when they first showed it off. Why spend a ton of extra money to support iPhone when it will have much more limited function (do to Apple's restrictions) and a very limited market? The average iPhone user is not the kind of person to buy a smart watch unless Apple tells them to.

13. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

the same bezeless display? are we looking at the same thing? there is a fat bezel all the way around it. everyone is so quick to dismiss the moto as something that anyone can do on a whim.

17. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Seriously? You're joking right? There is absolutely no bezel at all. If you call this fat then I guess the Moto 360 has a whale for a bezel.

21. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Ah I actually see it now. You're right. My bad. SO deceptive! Still not too bad of a design tho.

22. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

it is deceptive. they did a decent job at hiding it in the renders. but the real version will most likely not look as good. either the whites are going to be off (amoled) or blacks are going to be off (lcd). kinda like how moto has done with their black screen renders.

23. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Actually, I was under the impression that the bezel was part of the graphics, but I see I might be wrong. Anyhow, it is done so much more tastefully that the G watch R. As far as the Moto, it really is not doing anything special amongst other Android wear watches. The only reason this watch and the G watch has bezels are to hide the flat tire. Moto simply chose not to. What else does the Moto do? It runs the same software and has access to the same so's. It was unique back when they announced it early last year. Now, not so much.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nctx77 you can't be more wrong in stating "there will be nothing special about the 360". The Alcatel smart watch will not be running Android Wear. Therefore the Alcatel will rely on apps to be made for it in order to add features and functionality. Whereas Android Wear allows existing Android phone and tablet apps in order to add features and functionality, without the need to actually create an app for the smart watch. Also the Moto 360 has wireless charging, heart rate monitor, 9 axis gyroscope and accelerometer, compass, 512mb of ram, and 4gb of storage. The Moto 360 can support playing music to Bluetooth speakers or headsets that is installed directly on the watch. What is this smart watch running? How much storage does it have? Can you pair it to anything other then a smart phone?

20. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I have and love my Moto 360, but you're off on a lot here. This has a heart rate monitor and accelerator. We don't what the RAM, ROM or other specific specs of this watch are. The 360 doesn't have a compass (magnetometer) nor can it be paired to anything other than a smartphone (unless you mean bluetooth speakers in this case we don't know if the Alcatel does or doesn't yet). Don't be so quick to judge when we don't know the facts yet. The only thing you're right on is the wireless charging but for a third the price, I think that's an acceptable omission.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How was I off? I also have a Moto 360 and I can guarantee you that the Moto 360 does have a compass, 9 axis accelerometer/gyroscope, 512mb of ram, and 4gb of storage. I wrote a sensor app for the Moto 360 and it displays the degrees when you rotate the watch. Also with the previous update to Android Wear 4.4W2 added the ability to save your music directly on any Android Wear device, as well as pair your watch with any Bluetooth speakers or headset and play the music directly from the Android Wear smart watch, without the need to have your phone or tablet turned on, or even have it with you. I am beginning to wonder if you really own an Android Wear device. Oh, and BTW I was correct in all fronts.

3. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

full circle and no ugly bezels

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yup. They achieved the full circle because the electronic components needed to connect the display are in the watch band and it doesn't have an ambient light sensor. A respectable and smart trade off.

14. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

it has a bezel all the way around it. easily seen in the pics. you have a white bezel, or a black bezel. take your pic.

15. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Yes, there are bezels, and the display's shape is the same as the one on Moto watch.

24. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

OMG so Motorola invented the circle and the wheel !

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Wow, this thing is beautiful! I can't believe Alcatel made this, good job Alcatel!

11. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

250 USD? Xiaomi Smartwatch might cost a quarter of that perhaps.

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Where'd you get $250? More likely $100.

19. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014


25. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

This should be at $100 to sell. People still has no need of these smartwatches, so alcatel must put this on sub $100 so people may want this.

27. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

If they really want it to be budget, it should be around $50. Their main smartphone is barely over $100.

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