Has Swatch invented a smartwatch battery that lasts 6 months?

Has Swatch invented a smartwatch battery that lasts 6 months?
According to a weekly Swiss newspaper called Handelszeitung, watchmaker Swatch will release a new battery next year that will allow smartwatches to run 6 months before requiring a charge. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek told the paper "Whoever brings a battery for a smartwatch to the market that you don't need to charge for six months has a competitive advantage."

Hayek added that in conjunction with Swatch's research arm Belenos and battery producer Renata, the company will introduce a long lasting battery that will not only power wearables, but will also help power automobiles. Swatch unveiled its first smartwatch, the Touch Zero One, back in February. The timepiece focuses its capabilities on beach volleyball

Ironically, back in January Hayek said that Swatch would not be producing a smartwatch. He said that such devices were too small for communicating and need constant charging. He basically stated that Swatch and other producers of fashion watches would take advantage of those who eventually get tired of wearing a smartwatch on their wrist. But the executive's thinking did a quick 180 degree reversal, and by early February Hayek was talking about a Swatch branded smartwatch.


source: Reuters

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15 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

We already had watches that can last over a year.

2. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

The article says "smartwatch" not "watches".

9. danny_a2005

Posts: 362; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Shut up and take my money, my money that I don't have lol

6. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Wow.. Congrats for making the most relevant comment in tech history!

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

i'll believe it when i see it... it's been too many years saying the same thing about breakthrough technologies that never ever ever come to retail products

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not holding my breath for this to become a reality. :P

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If they mean 6 months by keeping your watch off more than 95% of the time, that is maybe conceivable

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

6month at what hardware specification? running which OS? it must be using low clock processor, e-ink (or worse), no GPS, heartbeat, and other sensor.. (and probably with tiny solar panel, just like seiko solar)

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

IF they can get them to last a week or two, I think that be pretty acceptable.

11. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

For a phone, I'm not too worried about battery. I charge my phone every night anyway, so if it can last me a whole day's worth of usage, then I'm happy. I just want a phone with all the best features in it that lasts at least one day. Watches are the same, though if you're tracking your sleep too, you probably would want something that lasts a lot longer than 24 hours.

12. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

No. No, it has not. No, Swatch hasn't invented a smartwatch battery that lasts 6 months.

13. simoco

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

a casio G-SHOCK last for years !!!

14. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

But it sure isn't very smart.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Are smartwatches selling? I've maybe seen 1-2 on actual wrists in the last year.

16. chenski

Posts: 770; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Yeah, well hopefully it doesnt cost 6 months of my salary

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