T-Watch 2021 ESP32 round smartwatch features ESP32 SoC, touchscreen, 500mAh battery

Back in May, LilyGo started selling “Paul’s 3D Things” Open-Smartwatch open-source hardware ESP32 watch as a kit with the board and a round display, but no case, wristband, or battery, although now a smartwatch kit, but still without battery, is available for around $30.

The company has now designed the T-Watch 2021 which builds upon the Open-Smartwatch but adds features like a touchscreen display, a vibration motor, a magnetometer, and ships as a devkit with board and display or a complete smartwatch kit including a 500mAh battery.

LilyGO T-Watch 2021

T-Watch 2021 specifications:

  • Wireless module – LILYGO T-micro32 module based on ESP32-PICO-D4 module with dual-core ESP32 processor, 4MB FLASH, 2MB PSRAM, ceramic antenna and u.FL antenna connector
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.2 BR/EDR BLE and WiFi 4 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
  • Display –  1.3-inch circular touchscreen LCD with 240×240 resolution (Model GC9A01)
  • USB – Micro USB for charging and programming
  • Sensors
    • 3-axis BMA423 accelerator, pedometer
    • QMC5883L 3-axis magnetometer, compass
  • Programming and debugging – USB to TTL via CH340E chip Via USB-C port using T-U2T USB to serial dongle
  • Misc -Reset button, Boot button, 2x user buttons, DS323M RTC, vibration motor
  • Power Supply
    • 5V/1A power input via USB Type-C port
    • 2-pin JST connector for the battery
    • Battery charging and discharging protection chip (MCP73831)
    • Note: typical battery life should probably be around one day

LilyGO T-Watch 2021 ESP32 round smartwatch

The 3D files, Arduino samples, and a fork of Paul’s Open Smartwatch firmware can be found on Github. There’s no obvious reference in the documentation and product page that it is a derivative project from Paul’s 3D Things design, and the project is not open-source hardware at this time since the KiCAD design files (schematics, PCB layout, etc…) have not been released.

Liliygo T-Watch 2021 is sold for between $25.49 and $35.29 depending on the selected options. The full watch kit with the battery minus the T-U2T USB to serial dongle sells for $30.98.

T-Watch 2021 Full Kit with battery, case, and wristband

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2 years ago

Compared to the features of the T-Watch 2020 it is far too expensive and the 3D printed case is something I don’t believe anyone would like to have on his/hers hand…

2 years ago

I agree – for looks and cost-effectiveness – my benchmark of the PineTime beats this.
But that is still quite the chonky battery…

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