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Alcatel OneTouch Watch goes up for pre-order, yours for $149.99

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Today Alcatel has officially started US pre-orders for its first smartwatch, the aptly named OneTouch Watch. The wearable was announced earlier this year, and it’s very affordably priced at $149.99.

That’s a far cry from the Apple Watch, for example, but don’t forget that this doesn’t run Android Wear, Google’s platform for smartwatches. Instead, Alcatel chose to develop its own solution, one that is thankfully compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. Read more »

LG UK teases LG Watch Urbane with new promo video

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LG already launched the Watch Urbane LTE in in South Korea, now the spotlight is shifting to its non-LTE sibling. LG UK posted a short video of the LG Watch Urbane on its YouTube channel, meaning it’s coming soon, though the video doesn’t give an exact date.

Expansys is already taking pre-orders (at £300), however, there’s no shipping date yet. Read more »

Apple Watch Edition buyers will have access to a number of special perks

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According to report in 9to5Mac, buyers of the $10,000 and up Apple Watch Edition will be treated to e number of perks. The special treatment for the big spenders will begin with no waiting in line when they are buying the watch or need help with it.

After shelling out the eye watering asking price for the gold Apple Watch, users will have access to a special Edition phone support line, which will be available around the clock for two years (three years with AppleCare+). Read more »

Pebble Time crosses $20 million raised with just a few hours left

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Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign for its Time smartwatch with color e-paper screen quickly became the most funded in history at the beginning of this month. And now, the company has already crossed the $20 million mark of raised funds, with just a few hours to go.

At the time of writing, exactly $20,235,088 has been pledged for the Pebble Time by more than 78,000 eager backers on the crowdfunding site. This comes after the $14 million mark was reached in only one week. Read more »

First batch of Apple Watch apps start rolling out

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Apple may have announced the Apple watch (twice) but the watch is still to go on sale. But even though there are still a month left for the watch to start shipping, developers have already started rolling out updates for their apps to make them work with the Apple Watch.

The list of apps available for the Apple Watch now includes Target, American Airlines, Nike+, Instagram, Twitter, OpenTable, Evernote, TripAdvisor, CNN, eBay, Shazam, NYTimes, Fandango, Citi Mobile Lite, Expedia, Runtastic, ESPN, and many more. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane LTE goes on sale tomorrow, only on LG U+

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LG is launching the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea on LG U+ tomorrow. The watch will cost KRW 650,000 ($590/€540) and will come with a contract for KRW 10,000 a month ($9/€8.3).

With it you’ll get 50 minutes of voice calls – the Urbane LTE can do regular and VoLTE calls – 250 messages and 250MB of data. Read more »

Apple Watch production targets cut in half, report claims

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When Apple unveiled its smartwatch, it promised it for “early 2015.” The current launch target is set for late April, but Chinese publication UDN reports that there are still issues that will cut the production rate in half.

Production issues for the Apple Watch started early in its life, the early ones surrounded the difficult to source sapphire lens. Now, the display below is reportedly causing headaches. Read more »

Thinking of getting the Apple Watch? Don’t. [EDITORIAL]

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Last fall Apple Watch looked great. The smartwatch announcement was very brief and while some criticized it for its non circular design, it made a generally positive impression. The Watch sure looked premium and its software promised seamless transition from your iPhone.

This March Apple finally detailed the Watch, its features, its specs, pricing and availability. By the end of the event many of the people watching or reading about it were left wondering what happened? Do we really need this watch? Read more »

Vector unveils two smartwatches with 30 day battery life, metal, waterproof casings

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There are two types of smartwatches these days – ones with plenty of features and little battery life and ones that have it the other way around. A new company called Vector is aiming for the middle ground by launching two models that promise 30 days battery life without sacrificing too many features.

The Vector Luna and Meridian will work with Android, iOS and Windows Phone, beating even the Pebble in compatibility. Read more »

LG G Watches now as cheap as ever, first-gen retails around 100 euro

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If you’ve been waiting for prices of smartwatches to drop to more wallet-friendly levels, you may have waited long enough. Arguably the best looking piece to be actually available for purchase, the LG G Watch R can be found on most European markets around the €200 mark, more easily palatable than the launch figures of €300.

That nets you one of the most watch-like bodies on the market, with IP67 certification at that. Powered by a Snapdragon 400 chip, found in full-fledged smartphones, the LG G Watch R comes with a round 320 x 320 P-OLED display. Read more »

Tag Heuer smartwatch will debut at Basel World tomorrow

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The previously rumored smartwatch by the Swiss manufacturer Tag Heuer will make its official debut in less than a day at Basel World. The announcement is scheduled to take place on March 19 at 1pm UK time.

Tag Heuer has reportedly teamed up with Intel and Google. Read more »

Apple Watch successor to launch later this year, says analyst

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The successor to the Apple Watch will be launched later this year, and unlike its predecessor, it will not require an iPhone to work, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen & Co. He also said that the wearable might feature an OLED screen exclusively supplied by Samsung.

As for the first generation Apple Watch, which is set to go on sale next month on April 24th, Arcuri said that the iPhone maker is still facing yield issues with the device, predicting that the company will be able to build only 6 million units by June. He added that Apple is working with Foxconn to solve the low yield problem. Read more »

Exynos 7420 to power the Samsung Orbis smartwatch, power conservation in mind

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Samsung’s round smartwatch, which we already know will be called Orbis, has long been in the works and its launch is reportedly nearing. What we’ve learned now is that the Korean company may be employing the flagship grade Exynos 7420 in the upmarket wearable in an attempt to achieve better battery efficiency.

Now it may appear counter-intuitive to utilize arguably the most powerful SoC on the market when battling for increased longevity, but the chipset’s state-of-the-art 14nm manufacturing process indeed promises great efficiency. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Huawei Watch gets the fan love

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With technology taking over every aspect of modern life, we’re gradually witnessing the adoption of smart gadgets in unforeseen usage scenarios. Bridging the gap between past and future, we have the smartwatch, which brings added functionality to a device, that’s been on people’s wrists for well over a century.

Earlier smartwatch designs were largely perceived as too gimmicky and not refined enough. Not any more. Last week we asked you to pick between two of the most stylish smartwatches in existence, the Huawei Watch and the LG Watch Urbane. Read more »

Huawei Watch price might not be as shocking as we thought

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This year’s MWC saw a lot of action from Huawei. The Chinese tech giant announced two phones (Honor Y635 and Honor Y360) a tablet (MediaPad X2), but the real star of its show was its new Android Wear smartwatch.

Dubbed simply the Huawei Watch, the wearable is one of the most stylish Wear devices today. It offers a round display and a very thin bezel. Overall, it does look like the perfect next-gen device for your wrist, but recent speculations have been attributing a less than affordable price to the wearable – around $1000. Thankfully, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, as today a German website listed the Huawei watch along with a price, which is much more-palatable. Read more »