The latest Michael Kors smartwatch looks like a perfect blend of style and power

The latest Michael Kors smartwatch looks like a perfect blend of style and power
If it weren’t for traditional fashion brands like Emporio Armani, Fossil, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, or Tag Heuer, you probably wouldn’t know Google’s Wear OS platform, recently renamed from Android Wear, is still a thing.

Of course, that’s set to change soon, when a new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processor and first-ever Google Pixel Watch will attempt to give the Apple Watch Series 4 a run for its money.

Until then, the latest addition to the ultra-fashionable Michael Kors Access collection is unlikely to catch the eye of many hardcore tech enthusiasts. But as nichey style-focused smartwatches go, this one is quite feature-packed.

As the name suggests, the Runway smartwatch (or rather the Michael Kors Access Runway Fall 2018 Collection) borrows its iconic, flashy look from the company’s Runway family of conventional “dumb” watches.

But you also get brand-new digital dial designs showing your heart rate and other essential health info, as well as silicone strap options for those interested in a more casual look and lower price tag than any of the three “classic stainless steel platings.”

Apart from heart rate tracking, the modern Michael Kors Runway can do wrist payments with built-in NFC connectivity, as well as untethered GPS, enabling accurate monitoring of your runs even when you leave your smartphone behind. 

By the way, this elegant new smartwatch is obviously compatible with both iPhones and Android handsets, packing an old but fast Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, and perhaps most excitingly, featuring a fully “swimproof” design. We’re talking resistance against immersion up to 30 meters, aka 3 ATM, which is not something fashion-first smartwatches typically offer. Not at a starting price of $295, anyway. Granted, that’s with a silicone band, while sleeker stainless steel models will set you back upwards of $350 beginning later this month.

source: PR Newswire via Engadget


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