News & Reviews: SmartWatch
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014
Samsung has revealed their first smartwatch that doesn't need a smartphone to work with the official announcement of the Samsung Gear S. The smartwatch is fully 3G capable and comes with both Bluetooth and WiFi support along with IP67 water and dust resistance. Other tech specs and features include a 1.0GHZ dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display with 360 x 480 pixel resolution, 300 mAh battery and Tizen operating system. No camera on this Samsung Gear but it does have a heart rate monitor and supports S Health, S Voice and provides notifications for messages, emails and other apps.
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014
Apple has sent out invitations for an event on 9 September 2014. The invite doesn't give much of a hint apart from the title "Wish we could say more". However, many are expecting the event to reveal the Apple iPhone 6 or at least the version with the 4.7-inch display. Already, any number of Apple iPhone 6 clones have appeared, many of which have been confirmed to be how the original will look like. Other devices may also make an appearance such as the Apple iWatch and possibly some premium Audio devices from Apple's recent purchase of Beats Audio. The final version of iOS 8 is also expected to be available on the same date but there are still no details on Malaysia release dates or pricing. If we were to follow the trend we should see the Malaysia launch in November 2014 at $100 (RM315) more than the previous Apple iPhone 5S.
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014
Preferring to do it themselves, LG have released a sneak peak of their upcoming LG G Watch R smartwatch. While the official announcement is set for the IFA 2014 event, this sneak peak reveals nearly everything, including how the smartwatch looks and key tech specs and features. First of all, the LG G Watch R will be using a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display along with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. 512MB of RAM and a 410 mAh battery. It will run on Android Wear and have an IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. According to LG, the G Watch R will offer health and fitness tracking on it's own and provide smart notifications for calls, messages, events and weather from your compatible smartphone. In terms of design, the watch will be stainless steel with an interchangeable 22mm leather strap but for now it will only be available in black. No news yet on Malaysia release dates or pricing but LG will announce these details at the launch during the IFA 2014 event. LG say that the G Watch R can be expected in Q4 of 2014 but in the meantime you can check it out for yourself.
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2014
ASUS recently showed a teaser image of what could be their first Android Wear smartwatch, set for the upcoming IFA 2014 event on 3 September 2014. Recently, ASUS have revealed another teaser image, this time showing design sketches and notes. While there aren't any specific tech specs the design sketches show a curved display while the notes mention features like a "smooth shell" and "front camera" along with a "genuine leather" wrist band. Overall, it looks very nice and rumours indicate that it could be priced from $99 (RM313). This would definitely make it more attractive than many other smartwatches here, most of which are priced around RM899. No news yet on Malaysia release dates but we should find out more next week so stay tuned.
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2014
Rumours about a new LG G Watch 2 have been going about and LG have finally confirmed it with a teaser video for their LG G Watch R. The teaser reveals that the R in the name probably stands for Round, as the LG G Watch R will likely be a round smartwatch like the Moto 360. While it doesn't reveal actual tech specs, it does show features like a compass, notifications, fitness tracking and that the smartwatch will have a metal body. The teaser reveals it will also be coming at the upcoming IFA 2014 event in September 2014 so no specific Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet. Check out the video for yourself in this article.
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014
ASUS recently posted a teaser image for what "incredible" things they may bring to IFA 2014 and the teaser image clearly shows what we assume to be a smartwatch face. The quote that came with the teaser, "Time has been transformed, and we have changed, Khalil Gibran" also points towards an ASUS smartwatch. Previously, when we asked our ASUS Malaysia peeps they said ASUS is interested but didn't have anything concrete yet, as such we also don't have any tech specs or details to share. As it is, we assume it will run Android Wear and hopefully be priced affordably enough to make it attractive. The IFA 2014 event will start on 3 September 2014 so stay tuned for more developments.
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2014
While reports have it that the rumoured Apple iWatch could be delayed to early 2015 other reports have it that the wearable device may come in 3 distinct versions. The first Apple iWatch will have a 1.6-inch display while the other two versions will offer larger 1.8-inch displays. One of these 1.8-inch display devices will be the premium version and offer a sapphire glass covered screen. Now, we've covered this before and found it perfectly logical as the smaller iWatch could be designed for women while the larger iWatch could be for men. While there are still no details on Malaysia release dates or pricing rumours indicate that it could be priced from $349 (RM1115) which is quite high for a smartwatch and just about right for an Apple product. As always, do take such rumours with a good pinch of salt and stay tuned as we'll keep you updated as to any new developments.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014
LG Electronics has just announced their new LG KizON smart wristband to help parents keep track of their kids. The device uses both GPS and WiFi to track kids wearing the device while also providing kids with a way to communicate with their parents through the One Step Direct Call feature. This feature uses a simple single button which calls a pre-configured phone number (usually the parents). The communication is two way as the device can also receive calls from pre-configured numbers and if the child fails to answer within 10 seconds, the device will automatically connect the call and activate the built-in microphone.
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014
Samsung Malaysia has started a new fitness promotion with their Gear Fit Gym Challenge. Available at selected Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First gyms, the challenge will run from 16 June 2014 to 27 August. The challenge will be open to gym members and involve completing a 5km run on a treadmill within 30 minutes, with the challenger who gets the shortest time winning a Samsung Gear Fit smartband. Challengers will put on a Gear Fit smartband, take the run and see their scores posted on the leaderboard. The challenger who gets the best time at the end of the challenge period will win the smartband. Of course, challengers can participate as many times as they want, so check out the Gear Fit Gym Challenge schedule in this article.
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014
Google recently unveiled devices for their new Android Wear wearable operating system with three new smartwatches from major brands. This includes the LG G Watch, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live. While the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch have both been announced, the Samsung Gear Live makes it's first appearance here. However, it is more or less the same in both look and feel as a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch. Check out the tech specs and features of the LG G Watch, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live below:
- LG G Watch
- 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1.65-inch display (IPS, 280 x 280 pixel resolution)
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- 400 mAh battery
- Compatible with device running Android 4.3 + Bluetooth 4.0
- IP67 certified
- $229 (RM740)