Alcatel OneTouch unveils Smart Watch
Range of designs; multi-OS smartphone compatibility; aimed at consumers on budget
Alcatel OneTouch today introduced its Smart Watch, targeted at budget consumers.
The wrist-wear comes in several variants, including dark red and volcano black; all white; chrome and dark grey; and metal white. The Smart Watch is built from materials such as brushed chrome, micro-textured resin bands and white stainless steel, following a trend among vendors to have smartwatches appeal to consumers as fashion accessories first and devices second.
"Our emphasis has been on delivering incredibly wearable design, with an aesthetic quality that integrates perfectly with everyday life, all at the right price point," said Zied Merichko, head, Middle East, Alcatel OneTouch.
"The Smart Watch's design has won a number of awards with premium quality that doesn't break the bank. We've kept things fashion-forward while also delivering on innovative features. The UI has been carefully honed and retooled so users in the Middle East can intuitively take the Smart Watch's multifunctional ability to work, the gym, and even to sleep."
The Smart Watch comes with a number of fitness functions and connects to Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth. As with other models, sensors are employed as heart-rate monitors and others include an accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter and compass.
As standard, users can track their sleep cycle, distance covered, steps taken and calories burned. When connected to a smartphone, the device sends users call notifications; social media updates and vibrates if users stray too far from the parent handset.
Touching the screen activates a multimedia remote control. Users can control music, take pictures from their phone from a distance or make their phone ring in order to locate it.
The Smart Watch is compatible with any phone running Android 4.3 or above or iOS 7 or above. Alcatel OneTouch also claims it is "dust- and water-resistant, with a long battery life".
The device will be available in mid-May.