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

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

James Bond-esque type analogies aside, it doesn't take a prophet to see that we're getting ever closer to a point when smartwatches could very well have a niche of their own secured. Of course, we are not seeing traditional watch brands panicking just yet, but that may change as the category progresses and narrows the design gap, because let's face it: though smartwatches are offering an increasingly alluring array of functionality, style is what sells, at least when it comes to timepieces.

The Omate TrueSmart fits that bill very well, for it is functional, but a long way from making it to the wrists of fashion gurus or corporate big shots. What truly sets the TrueSmart apart, though, is the fact that it is completely functional as a standalone product and works without having to pair up with another smart device – think Android device with a custom skin on a very small display. In fact, seeing how Android is not at all optimized for such extremes in terms of real estate, it's probably one of the few times you'll see us saying a custom skin is a good thing (pending a review, of course). Omate's smartwatch will run a 1.3GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 with 3G/Wi-Fi support, cover IP67 standards (water resistant) and feature a 5MP shooter. The best part of it all? The TrueSmart is no concept – it's a working device – the founders are simply looking for backers to help them speed things along on the way to mass production.

Regardless, the team has gotten an almost instantaneous validation – the project started yesterday with a goal of $100,000, and as of this writing has raised about $150,000, with 29 days to go. The first batch is expected to arrive somewhere in November this year, and the lowest currently available pledge that will get you one in the mail in time for the holidays is $189.

Notable specs include:

  • 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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posted on 22 Aug 2013, 09:39 7

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 12:15

6. Furbal (unregistered)

T9 style would probaly be the easiest way.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 14:31 1

10. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 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.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 09:49

2. tositem (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


posted on 22 Aug 2013, 10:07 4

3. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 10:29 1

4. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 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?

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 10:38

5. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 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)

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 14:56

11. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 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.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 12:36

7. synthetic_llama (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Jan 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.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 13:10 1

9. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1310; Member since: 28 Mar 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?

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 16:38 1

13. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 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

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 16:39

14. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:14

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 21:49

16. LokifishMarz (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Sep 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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