Montblanc Summit is a new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch that looks like it could last decades


It looks like Android Wear 2.0 has awakened smartwatch makers from their year-long slumber, for yet another high-profile brand – German prime export Montblanc – has chipped in with its member contribution for Google's smartwatch club. The Summit, as it's called, isn't super gorgeous, but evokes the sturdiness of old-time German gear – the kind that has Bosch, Siemens, Telefunken, or Porsche written on it, and lasts forever.

The Summit is contained within a 46mm steel or titanium case 12.5mm in depth. An 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display (400 x 400 resolution) provides the visuals, while the computer gizmos inside are pretty standard – 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage, 300mAh battery, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, and probably a Qualcomm SoC. The smartwatch is IP68 water and dust-resistant and features a heart rate monitor as well. It lacks GPS and NFC, however, which strips it of useful functionality like location tracking and mobile payments. Still, you will be wearing genuine Montblanc – we could argue that most of the budget went towards the brand, rather than the technology.

Speaking of budget, the Montblanc Summit will run you $890 down in luxury spending and is scheduled to ship in May. Look for it at Mr. Porter, Montblank's official web store, and to-be-announced retail partners.


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12 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

A 300mah battery at that price....... Really. FORGET ABOUT IT. GUESS they selling their name. When battery life gets out after sales they will die....... Clueless, about their technology for sure.

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

and you're clueless about the brand. It's a luxury goods maker.

10. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I know its status genius.... Go to Amazon and look up luxurious Michael Kors and all other luxury watches with bad reviews because of battery life... You are assuming that I was unaware........I did mention that they were selling their name. You are so damn smart.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No watch is worth more than $150. I don't care if it was a Rolex. They all only tell time for the most part and the tiny apps are even worth the time to install..

2. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

casio digital watches last longer then marriage

6. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

So three years and one millisecond? :D

3. surethom

Posts: 1663; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Still say too thick, what's wrong with smartwatch companies nowadays most watches a smartwatch thinner under 11mm thick.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't see a big difference in size between my gear frontier and nighthawk titanium which i wore prior to gear frontier for several years now

7. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

They are as thick as their analogue counterparts from the same brands. Traditional watchmakers aren't concerned about thickness and bezel sizes. These are meant to be perceived mainly as real watches.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I like how Android Wear is getting the default choice for luxury watchmakers. It makes Android Wear look upmarket (pretty much the opposite from Android on phones and tablets, which for many is just the poor man's operating system that powers countless cheap smartphones for those that wish they had an iPhone but cannot afford it).

9. Subie

Posts: 2355; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

What about Gresso, Vertu, and Solarin just mentioned in a previous article? They're luxury phone brands that make iPhone the low price option. Also, what other choice do these luxury watch makers have regarding OS. Apple doesn't allow other comapanies to use their OS, and Google freely gives Android to those who want it. They really only have the one choice.

12. Deadeye37

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I'm holding out for the other end of the spectrum - no HR monitor or GPS, but NFC enabled and under $300. Hopefully Asus will come out with something like that.

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