Smartwatches have been available since 2011, in different formats, most of the time as a smartphone companion such as Pebble, or sometimes with slightly more powerful hardware running Android 2.3. one example being the I’m Watch. The GEAK Watch goes a step further for a relatively powerful Ingenic JZ4774 MIPS processor clocked at 1 GHz, Android Jelly Bean, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC…, and the ability to install apps directly from an app store.
GEAK Watch hardware specifications:
- SoC- Ingenic JZ4774 processor @ 1GHz
- System Memory – 512MB RAM
- Storage – 4GB NAND Flash
- Display – 1.55″ LED capacitive touch screen (OGS) with 240 × 240 resolution
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/ n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Sensors – G-Sensor, Gyroscope, and Geomagnetic sensors
- Battery – 330mAh lithium polymer battery
The watch is water-resistant (IP3X), enables heartbeat and blood pressure monitoring (maybe with external Bluetooth hardware), can be used as a pedometer, and it can even serve as a smartphone remote to take pictures. I’m not quite sure you’d actually see a live stream of the camera on the watch, as the image above seems to imply, but interesting nonetheless. The firmware will be updated via OTA. Oh, and I almost forgot… It can also display the time, you know, like an actual watch.
The GEAK Watch looks impressive, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see how it performs, as Engadget reports the watch will be available for pre-order for 1,999 RMB ($325) in China starting July 3rd. You may find more information on GEAK Watch page (in Chinese).
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.