Montblanc Summit 2 is the surprising name of the first Snapdragon Wear 3100 smartwatch
The Montblanc Summit was sure handsome, but that crazy price tag ruined its mass appeal
After two and a half years of waiting around for Android Wear smartwatches to take off, Qualcomm has finally unveiled a new high-end chipset for Wear OS devices. The timing of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 announcement sure doesn’t feel coincidental, as the Apple Watch Series 4 launch is right around the corner, but at the same time, Google still doesn’t seem to be taking this endeavor very seriously.
Rumor has it the so-called Pixel Watch is once again on hold, with no official word on an LG Watch Timepiece that made the rumor rounds a while back, and most likely, no Huawei Watch 3 on the horizon either.
Instead, the first officially announced smartwatch packing the energy-efficient Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC (and likely, the first to hit stores sometime next month) is the Montblanc Summit 2.
Be honest, do you even remember the first-gen Montblanc Summit? Those of you with a vague recollection of it may have appreciated the traditionally handsome design of the large and robust (read bulky) intelligent timepiece, but the German manufacturer of luxury writing instruments, watches, jewelry, and leather goods didn’t exactly target the masses with a prohibitive $890 starting price.
While we’re still extremely light on details about the Montblanc Summit 2, we’re pretty sure the stylish new wearable gadget will retain its predecessor’s hard-to-swallow MSRP. The price could even go up, as the original model lacked quite a few important modern features, including standalone GPS, NFC support for wrist payments, and a swim-proof build.
Unfortunately, all we know right now is the Summit 2 aims to cater to both men and women with a relatively slender body, also being marketed as “built for travel, fitness or exploration”... whatever that may mean. The landing page on the company’s official website doesn’t tell us much either. Just that this “ultimate connected companion” will be “bridging fine watchmaking and state of the art wearable technologies.” Could Montblanc be vaguer?