Despite the lack of activity outside of the Apple Watch line when it comes to smartwatches, Marc Jacobs has just announced one of the first all-new Wear OS watches in a while, the Riley Touchscreen.
Currently, Marc Jacobs already offers an extensive line of hybrid smartwatches that allow users to receive their smartphone notifications via the wearables. However, with the new Riley Touchscreen offering, Marc Jacobs has thrown itself into true smartwatch territory, with the Wear OS device offering a 1.19-inch AMOLED display. Additionally, this is encased in a polished metal build that is accompanied by a simple silicon strap. Also, Marc Jacobs has included a button that is shaped just like a traditional crown that can be used to control the smartwatch alongside the touch display.
In regards to the internals, as with most Wear OS smartwatches, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 is included alongside an unspecified amount of RAM and internal storage. Also, despite not clarifying the battery size, the fashion-conscious brand claims up to 24 hours of battery life. In addition to the smartwatch’s good looks, Marc Jacobs is also promoting its Google Assistant integration, allowing users to speak to the assistant, play music, and more via the fashion item. Nevertheless, the Riley Touchscreen will need to be connected to an iPhone or an Android device in order to do so.
For those interested in the smartwatch, it sits just below the Apple Watch on the pricing spectrum, with Marc Jacobs offering the device for $295 over in the US with shipments beginning in July. Additionally, the fashion-first company will be offering three color variants. The first being an all-black variant, the second a rose gold watch complete with a Cement-colored strap, and the third being a gold variant complete with a plain white rubber band.