New crowd-funded smartwatch runs Android 4.2.2 on a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex-A7

New crowd-funded smartwatch runs Android 4.2.2 on a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex-A7

James Bond-esque type analogiesaside, it doesn't take a prophet to see that we're getting evercloser to a point when smartwatches couldvery well have a niche of their own secured. Of course, we are notseeing traditional watch brands panicking just yet, but that maychange as the category progresses and narrows the design gap, becauselet's face it: though smartwatches are offering an increasinglyalluring array of functionality, style iswhat sells, at least when it comes to timepieces.



The OmateTrueSmart fits that bill very well, for it is functional, but a longway from making it to the wrists of fashion gurus or corporate bigshots. What truly sets the TrueSmart apart, though, is the fact thatit is completely functional as a standalone product and works withouthaving to pair up with another smart device – think Android devicewith a custom skin on a very small display. In fact, seeing howAndroid is not at all optimized for such extremes in terms of realestate, it's probably one of the few times you'll see us saying acustom skin is a good thing (pending a review, of course). Omate'ssmartwatch will run a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 with 3G/Wi-Fisupport, cover IP67 standards (water resistant) and feature a 5MPshooter. The best part of it all? The TrueSmart is no concept –it's a working device – the founders are simply looking for backersto help them speed things along on the way to mass production.



Regardless,the team has gotten an almost instantaneous validation – theproject started yesterday with a goal of $100,000, and as of thiswriting has raised about $150,000, with 29 days to go. The firstbatch is expected to arrive somewhere in November thisyear, and the lowest currentlyavailable pledge that will get you one in the mail in time for theholidays is $189.



Notable specsinclude:



  • 1.54-inch, 240x240 TFT display by LG

  • 512MB RAM, 4GB microSD-expandable internal storage

  • Omate UI 1.0 on top of Android 4.2.2

  • 2G/3G/Bluetooth/GPS

  • Built-in speakers and a microphone

  • 600mAh battery.

  • Gyroscope, Compass, G-sensor

  • OTA updates



source:Kickstarter

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14 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$150,000 in a day? Holy s*** that's impressive. But typing on that keyboard in video 2 would be the most challenging thing in the world.

6. Furbal unregistered

T9 style would probaly be the easiest way.

10. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I want to ask what that dual core processor is doing in that watch? Does it even need it? May be people can play Real racing and Asphalt in this. Sometime technology also seems bizarre.

2. tositem

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Nice!

3. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

this is impressive...one question...how long it last with all those features and 600mAh?

4. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

This. And how is it charged? The four dots on the back for a docking station or maybe it will use wireless charging pads?

5. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

It is probably going to be like the sony smartwatch. (It had a such dots in the back and it was charged with a clip-thing)

11. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

it's a 1.5 inch screen and a 1.3ghz processor... it's not like your asking a lot from that battery. as long as you are not trying to use Google maps with the gps on for hours I bet it will make a full day or more.

7. synthetic_llama

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Only issue I see with this watch would be the display, when pebble makes the their watch practical in real daily usage with their ink display. I rather prefer this since its android, but it needs to be readable in sunlight.

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1477; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Can you read text properly in sunlight? Do I have to charge this twice a day? What happens if it breaks? Any warranty? Service centers? Would I look stupid Facebooking on such a tiny screen even though I have a smartphone in my pocket?

13. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

The exact display panel is unknown. Probably not, as while tiny, the display is even more so. It should be covered by some kind of warranty, I suppose, though I have no confirmation on that Probably :P

14. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Would it have a SIM card? If so, micro, or nano-sim?

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Samsung watch has better specs and design than this fugly plastic design. Curves and bubble shape don't look nice ™

16. LokifishMarz

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

@TROLL what specs are better? The sammy can't make phone calls by itself, lacks Play Store support, is slower, has weaker display protection,lacks an IP67 rating...... Also, it's not plastic but covered metal.

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