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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9 Comments

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Running Android? No thanks. Android wear will be rename to Android watch, same with galaxy wear which is now galaxy watch. They naming their products based on apple. They sucks though! Like tablet softwares for androids. Garbage!

5. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Wear OS watches have same capabilities as Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch plus extras like wrist gestures (which is an even better navigation style than rotating crowns and bezels - which Wear OS watches however also offer) and best personal assistant (Google Assistant). Also they have better app support than Samsung Tizen watches. Also they have good "always-on" displays unlike Apple Watch. Also they have best notification management courtesy of the great Android notification system. Despite the widespread opinion, Wear OS is the feature richest wearable OS. It's not the OS that sucks, it's the fact that people's buying decisions are based on brand loyalty. In this case brand loyalty to big names Apple and Samsung. LG, Sony, Motorola failed, not because Wear OS sucks, but because they don't have the same loyal fan base.

10. Deadeye37

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Amen to that! The only thing that I wish is that developers would do more with WearOS. Its really nice, but developers need to get their Android Apps to have a Wear component (looking at you Waze). Also, improving Apple interoperability would be awesome. From my understanding, though, Apple doesn't want anyone else to play in their beautiful walled garden, especially if they're competing directly against their own product.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's really funny how rumours and speculations work; you get pretty accomplished Wear OS smartwatches like the latest Fossil -and now this MK- and no one cares because they don't come from a tech brand. Then everyone waits for Google to probably come with same watch, same capabilities, just updated processor, most likely with worse design to "get things right for Wear OS". Ugh? Basically just because Google is a tech company and Fossil is not... We already saw the latest Galaxy Watch and even after two years in development, apart from processor, it barely matches the capabilities of a latest Fossil Q Explorist and even with less elegant watch design.

8. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The fossil gen 4 also looks dope.

11. Deadeye37

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

My eyes are on that Gen 4 Fossil Exporist if none of the new stuff isn't awesome enough. I already have a Huawei Watch 2 and it works great and the Explorist would add that swim proof feature that I've been wanting really bad, so I know that the Snapdragon 2100 chip is ok, even though it is old.

13. skwy1963

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

love my michael kors grayson to death. battery could be better . i'm thinking with time it should get better. only had my watch now for about 5 days.

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