Smart watches are the future-or at least that’s the new category of products that manufacturers are developing and selling as the future of wearable computing. We’ve seen the movement of technology companies entering the world of watches – the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Sony Smartwatch clock 2, for example, that are already for sale in Brazil-but now the opposite is going to happen. To Locke, brazilian manufacturer of watches, decided to enter the world of smartwatches.
The second hand watch was presented today in GLOBALSCIENCELLC and is, in short, a cell phone. Locke says it’s the first “independent” Brazil smartwatch clock. In other words, is the first watch that doesn’t need to be linked to a smartphone or tablet to work. You can only have it on my wrist and use it without problems: he opens apps, read emails and receive calls.
Let’s talk about the technical specifications. The Smartwatch clock of Locke’s dual-core processor 1.2 GHz (the model of SoC was not released), 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 3 megapixel camera, Micro SIM card, WiFi, 3 g, Bluetooth and Android 4.0. The 1.54-inch TFT screen has very low resolution of 240 × 240 pixels.
With respect to the software, we have a greatly modified Android, but that offers the experience almost identical to that found in smartphones, with appropriate limitations.Google’s system was divided into two screens: one emulates the Windows Phone home screen (with Live Tiles, even!), and the other, accessible by sliding to the right, shows the grid of apps installed. There is access to Google Play Store, then you can download any app available for smartphones. Yes, you will have WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Chrome, Gmail, Waze, Dropbox and anything else that is also in smartphones. But all of this in a tiny 1.54 inch screen with very low resolution.
As he has micro SIM card input, it works perfectly as a cell phone. You can make calls! The virtual keyboard (either the numeric or QWERTY) occupies the entire screen, and the keys are tiny, which makes enough time to hit the number you want to call (or the word you want to enter). But as it has Bluetooth connection, you can use headphones to talk and receive calls directly from the wrist.
The camera is somewhat interesting in itself. She is not very well positioned-is on the right side of the smartwatch clock. So even if it is possible to use it, for example, to make a video call by Skype, the idea may not be very good. You show up, you need to look for the right corner of the device. But then you can’t see the person you’re talking to on the screen. As she has low resolution, can be useful only for some quick photos of everyday life – I could not check the quality of them, but on the screen of the smartwatch clock did not seem a big deal.
His design is very simple. It is a square (quite large – the dimensions are 42x47x13mm) with the central screen, a microphone and speakers on the inside at the top. The right corner is the camera, and on the left two buttons and Micro USB to recharge it. The buttons serve to help in navigation. One gets above the Micro USB input and serves to illuminate the screen (it does not display the time with the screen off, contrary to what occurs with the Smartwatch clock 2 from Sony), while the other serves to return on Android. Bracelet, next to the camera, is the Micro SIM card input.
The battery will be a big problem. She has only 400mAh, and Locke’s own, lasts 10 hours stand-by and 3 hours of heavy use.
Locke will start the presale of the Smartwatch clock only by your official website. It will be sold in limited amount – initially, only 1,000 units that will leave R$ 999 each. The general release is scheduled for the second half of 2014.
Despite being a smartwatch clock produced by a brazilian company, the device is imported- it is an adapted version of this Smartwatch clock that is for sale by Amazon. Who buy the presale will receive a unit imported from Hong Kong, but Locke plans to mount it in Brazil from next year, which can cheapen the price when it hit stores.