We took a gander at one of MWC’s most interesting wearable devices, the Android 4.2.2. powered Omate smart-watch.
This year’s MWC clearly leans towards the wearable market, with many a fit-band and smart-watch being showcased during the exhibition. One in particular that seemed quite interesting was the Kickstarter backed Omate TrueSmart, a smart-watch that promises smartphone features bundled in a wearable form-factor.
We saw many, many devices, with Samsung showcasing the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit; Qualcomm presenting the color e-paper display powered TOQ; Huawei revealing its own take with the TalkBand hybrid; and even Sony having a few smartwatches at its booth. If you’d look at all of these devices, you’d start believing that by the end of 2014, almost every smartphone will have a matching smartwatch on the shelf. However, the same couldn’t be said about the Omate, because unlike the aforementioned wearables, this is a stand-alone device, with its own SIM card, 1GB of RAM (8 storage), a micro SD slot, a 5 megapixel camera, and a dual-core Cortex A7 processor.
Yes, this pretty much is a smart-phone that you can strap to your wrist.
Of course, Omate can still act as a companion to whatever Android phone you have, but it kinda needs to be on its own to shine. The device is something the Bond of the 60s would have fantasized of, with a small embedded camera (able to shoot 720p video) on the side, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, an “ultra-bright” 1.54 inch (240 x 240) multi-touch display, and IP67 water resistance. Of course, a device such as this requires quite a bit of power, and the 600mAh battery should, theoretically, keep the watch running for about 100 hours in stand-by.
Of course there are some worries to be had, such as how does such a small form factor device behave on a really hot day, does it start to burn up under stress, how well does it get along with the smartphone? However, the questions will be addressed when we’ll be able to take a closer look at the device. For the time being, the idea is great, and from the brief encounters we had with it, it also feels great.
For the time being, there’s no release date for the Omate TrueSmart second generation smartwatch.