MWC2015: Wearable roundup

05 Mar 2015

The wrist has become the new battleground for connected devices this year if the wave of stylish Android Wear smartwatches at Mobile World Congress is anything to go by.

Just before MWC LG launched its stylish gold and silver G-Watch Urbane though Inside it is the same as the G-Watch R. That means 320x320 screen, Snapdragon 400 CPU, 4GB of flash storage and 512 MB of RAM.

But the G-watch Urbane barely had time to bask in the glory of being the most stylish smartwatch in the market before Huawei knocked it off the pedestal with its rather boringly named Huawei Watch. The Android Wear Huawei Watch manages to be both smaller on the outside while packing a larger screen than the Urbane.

Huawei is also the first to break the standard 320x320 pixel offering with its sharp 400x400 screen covered by scratch proof Sapphire glass. The launch also showcased a wide variety of leather and metal straps using a standard 18mm connector.

The LG has a 22mm connector used for larger mens' watches while most others have proprietary ones.

Huawei also unveiled the Talkband B2, a watch-cum-fitness monitor that detaches from the bracelet and becomes a Bluetooth headset.

LG also launched its G Watch Urbane LTE which, despite sharing the name and a round screen, is a totally different kettle of fish from the G Watch Urbane. The Urbane LTE is a fully fledged phone watch running the ex-Palm, ex-HP WebOS platform. The Urbane LTE watch can make voice calls with a dick-tracy style push-to-talk method which will no doubt appeal to some. It also has NFC support for payments, something no Android wear smartwatch does. Fans of stylish straps will be disappointed as the Urbane LTE uses proprietary straps to hold its antennae.

Pebble, the company that kickstarted the smart watch craze with its original Pebble has shown off its Pebble Time colour e-ink smartwatch that promises up to a week of battery life.

HTC has its Grip wristband activity tracker with built-in GPS for more accurate calorie tracking when running or cycling compared to motion based counters.

Acer launched its Liquid Leap activity tracking watch at just €79 ($88).


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