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Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform

Lana Jelic | Thu, Jun 29 2017 8:24 AM CDT

At MWC Shanghai, Qualcomm made a series of announcements including their new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform. This platform is an addition to their current Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 2100 platforms which currently are in the majority of smart bands and Android Wear 2.0 watches.

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform | TweakTown.com

The Snapdragon Wear 1200 is designed to offer less expensive IoT LTE M1 and NB1 connectivity to devices like kids watches and pet trackers. That way the devices can always be connected to the network but don't cost more than $150 and have very inexpensive service plans. Previously pet trackers cost upwards of $30 a month and the devices used to cost hundreds of dollars. Now the devices can cost less and the services much less.

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Huawei to unveil the Honor Band 3 with the Honor 9

Lana Jelic | Tue, Jun 6 2017 5:26 PM CDT

Not even a month after Huawei unveiled the Honor Band A2, the company is preparing to launch another smart band - the Honor Band 3.

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Huawei sent out press invitations for the event on the June 12th when they will also unveil the Honor 9.

The invite reveals that this smart band isn't the successor to the Band A3 since it doesn't contain the letter 'A' in the name. The Honor Band 3 should be a more premium product, meaning it will come at a higher price than the Honor Band A2, priced at $29.

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Huawei unveils Honor Band A2 priced at $29

Lana Jelic | Tue, May 23 2017 4:27 PM CDT

Huawei has unveiled its latest smart band - the Honor Band A2, the successor to the Band A1, announced last year.

The biggest changes, compared to the last year's model, are an OLED screen and a heart rate sensor.

Huawei unveils Honor Band A2 priced at $29 01 | TweakTown.com

Fitness tracking functions include a pedometer, exercise tracker, sedentary reminder, and sleep tracker. The Honor Band A2 has an IP67 rating, meaning it's water resistant.

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High-end Pokemon watch costs $258,000

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, May 18 2017 2:07 AM CDT

Well, this is something for the uber rich who are true Pokemon fans, with high-end watchmaker RJ-Romain Jerome collaborating with Pokemon on a new $258,000 watch.

High-end Pokemon watch costs $258,000 | TweakTown.com

The watch has "features" on its product page, with the company saying it has "Pikachu," "Lightning bolt," "Oscillating weight," and "Pokemon colors". This isn't the first Pokemon watch by the company, with their previous Pikachu-centric watch costing a cool $20,000.

On the Tourbillon Pokemon product page, the company explains: "The highlight of the timepiece is definitely the colourful dial, standing out from the all-black 48mm case and hands. Completing the ensemble, the black alligator strap is enhanced with yellow and blue stitching as a tribute to the Pokémon logo's symbolic colors. The composition and the placement of the characters-all were created to appreciate the beauty of the dial's numerous Pokémon".

"This concentration of and accumulation of characters in different sizes yields an incredible and captivating 3D effect, such that the characters look animated and ready to pop out at any second. As the most famous of them all, Pikachu is the centrepiece and is placed at the forefront. To complete the Pokémon scene, the tourbillon bridge is shaped like a lightning bolt, one of the key elements of Pikachu".

Alright, it sounds alright - but $258,000 alright? Yeah nah.

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ASUS may discontinue ZenWatch series due to low sales

Lana Jelic | Tue, May 16 2017 12:15 PM CDT

Back in 2014, ASUS launched its first smartwatch, followed by ZenWatch 2 in 2015, and ZenWatch 3 in 2016. However, it looks like we might not see the ZenWatch 4 at all.

ASUS may discontinue ZenWatch series due to low sales | TweakTown.com

According to a report said to be coming from "sources of Taiwan's supply chain," the company has a hard time finding the buyers for their smartwatches. The source claims that ASUS is shipping 5,000 to 6,000 units per month. Considering that Apple is shipping around a million smartwatches monthly, this number is extremely low.

This is the reason why, according to the report, ASUS is considering to discontinue the ZenWatch series.

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Fitbit smartwatch photos and specs leak

Lana Jelic | Wed, May 3 2017 6:20 PM CDT

Fitbit's smartwatch was due to be released in late spring this year, before Apple's next watch. However, new rumors suggest that the company might postpone the launch until this fall, meaning it would be released around the time as Apple's watch.

Yahoo has obtained leaked images of the upcoming smartwatch, which show Fitbit's familiar band paired with a watch that looks like an evolved version of company's fitness watch Blaze.

Fitbit smartwatch photos and specs leak 01 | TweakTown.com

The same leak reveals what's under the hood of the upcoming Fitbit smartwatch. According to Yahoo, the smartwatch, codenamed Higgs, will come with a color display with up to 1,000 nits of brightness similar to the Apple Watch 2 series.

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Nike announces limited edition Apple Watch - NikeLab

Lana Jelic | Fri, Apr 21 2017 9:19 AM CDT

Back in September last year when Apple introduced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they also unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 and their partnership with Nike which resulted in the Apple Watch Nike+.

Nike announces limited edition Apple Watch - NikeLab 01 | TweakTown.com

The smartwatch is a special edition of the Apple Watch, which the two companies call the "ultimate tool for anyone who runs."

Now, Apple and Nike have introduced a new smartwatch named Apple Watch NikeLab. The limited edition watch maintains the features of its predecessor but comes with a new design (and by "design" they mean "color option"). While the Nike+ comes in a black or white color options, the NikeLab variant combines both, with a Space Gray aluminum body and Light Bone/Black band.

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ZTE launches its first Android Wear smartwatch - Quartz

Lana Jelic | Mon, Apr 10 2017 4:26 PM CDT

ZTE has launched their first Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch named Quartz.

ZTE launches its first Android Wear smartwatch - Quartz 01 | TweakTown.com

The ZTE Quartz comes with a circular 1.4-inch AMOLED display along with Gorilla Glass 3. The smartwatch is powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100 and comes with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

The watch features a 500 mAh battery, which is larger than the LG Watch Sport's 430 mAh cell. The company claims that the battery will give you up to 36 hours of battery life per charge.

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TAG Heuer introduces Connected Modular 45 smartwatch

Lana Jelic | Wed, Mar 15 2017 3:06 PM CDT

TAG Heuer has unveiled their new smartwatch - Connected Modular 45.

TAG Heuer introduces Connected Modular 45 smartwatch 01 | TweakTown.com

The company named it Modular since there are 56 different combinations you can create using their online tools. You can choose between different straps, buckles, and lugs.

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 comes with a 1.39" AMOLED screen and is powered by an Intel Atom Z34xx chipset. The 410 mAh battery is good for up to 25 hours of regular use.

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Xiaomi announces smart shoes powered by Intel

Lana Jelic | Fri, Mar 10 2017 10:22 AM CST

Xiaomi has announced the company's first pair of smart shoes made in cooperation with Intel.

Xiaomi announces smart shoes powered by Intel 01 | TweakTown.com

The 90 Minutes Ultra Smart Sportswear (not so catchy name) have 60-day battery life and can track movement, whether you are walking, running or climbing. At the end of the day, the shoes send a report of distance, speed, and calories burned.

Intel provided the brain of the shoes, Intel's Curie chip, that stores vital data.

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