Qualcomm Starts Pre-Orders for Toq Android Smartwatch with Mirasol Display

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News Posted: Tue, Nov 26 2013 9:59 AM
One thing we can say about the smartwatch movement is that if this category dies (and we suspect it will eventually fizzle out), it's not going to go down quietly. There are a handful of options on the market, along with persistent rumors that both Apple and Microsoft may be jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, and in addition to all that, SoC heavyweight Qualcomm is now taking pre-orders for a smartwatch of its own.

It's called "Toq" and it runs on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Jelly Bean and above is preferred, Qualcomm says. As for the technical specifications, Qualcomm is keeping tight lipped about what exactly makes its smartwatch tick, saying only that it will reveal specs "soon."

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That's a bit of gamble on Qualcomm's part since the pre-order asking price is a hefty $350, making it more expensive than Samsung's Galaxy Gear. It's tough to drop that kind of money on a product if you don't know what you're buying. However, it's Qualcomm's hope that potential buyers will be swayed by the details that are currently available, such as the fact that the Toq wields a 1.55-inch touchscreen display with a 222 pp.

Other tidbits include vibration support, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 240mAh battery that's supposedly good for "multiple days" before needing recharged.

The Toq is available to pre-order now and will ship out in 1-3 weeks.
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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Nov 26 2013 11:26 AM

Meh, I am still not seeing the allure of the smartwatch. I like my old trust analog watch just fine.

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Another Smartwatch to launch this week is the Z-Watch from SmartQ Devices -- SmartQ won a distinguished 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award for the world's first tablet with a built in DLP projector and is now offering an innovative smartwatch that compares to Sony's Smart Watch 2 and the Galaxy Smart watch ($200-$300) with comparable features, but is priced about the same as the Pebble Watch($150) --

The new SmartQ Z - Watch ($155) has one of the highest screen resolutions and largest battery capacities available(300 mAh), runs on Android O/S and works with phones with Android 4.0 and higher, and features an energy efficient processor running at a full 1GHz (Sony & Pebble Watch in comparison run at less than 200 MHz, which means less responsive performance).

One U.S.source the Z-Watch is available through is T ab l e t Sp r i nt

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