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The Xiaomi Mi watch undercuts its Fitbit rivals with an affordable price tag, and boasts an expansive suite of features, including over 100 fitness-tracking modes, along with built-in GPS, something many smartwatches at this price point lack. We did find, however, that some of the health tracking aspects felt a touch inaccurate, especially stress, sleep and energy monitoring, and a few features of this watch take some getting used to.
The fact that this watch has built-in GPS is noteworthy though, as not all low-cost smartwatches have the feature. This means you can go on a trip without your smartphone, and still have location data tracked.
It has a 1.78-inch AMOLED display with a toughened curved glass on top. There's a microphone on both sides, and a loudspeaker on the left with charging pins and a heart rate monitor sitting on the rear of the watch. The casing is made of an aluminum alloy with a matte finish and comes with a host of replaceable watch bands.
As the table above clearly shows, the term wearables is a broad category covering more than just smartwatches and fitness trackers as it also encompasses VR headsets, Bluetooth headphones and smart clothing.
Apple will continue its pivot towards health and fitness with the addition of new fitness related software features, a number of which we'll catch a glimpse of along with WatchOS 5 that is expected to be unveiled at Apples World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in the middle of the year. Additional health related features may be enabled by the rumored inclusion of 'smart straps' as adding these to the watch itself require additional FDA approval loops. Apple has been granted a number of Patents in and around the area of smart straps relating to smart fabrics and health sensors. The inclusion of 'smart straps' could also facilitate additional hardware features such as a FaceTime camera, not one that I'm personally crying out for though.
Apple have been unable to keep up with demand for their other wearable, the AirPods. This year we know that Apple will launch a new wireless charging case for AirPods alongside its new AirPower Mat. We'd also envisage that Apple will sell a skew of the AirPods that include the wireless charging case. We also covered that upgraded AirPods will be coming in 2018. All that is known at this stage is that some internal components will be tweaked but its not known if these will provide additional features or simply remove any manufacturing bottle necks.
Samsung has filed or been granted a number of Patents relating to a smartwatch with a built in camera, and additional display elements in the band and around the bezel, so it could surprise us with something from left field.
With Apple having the lions share of the market, Google is in a two horse race for second with Samsung. Google may be doing something about that though this year. It's been speculated that the company will 'pixelize' the smartwatch. As with the Pixel phones, a Pixel Watch could be just the boost that Android Wear and Google need. In the last year alone Google has expanded its Shanghai team from 20 to 150, geographically this is located close to key suppliers. However, this build up of assets may not relate to the Pixel Watch but other initiatives including Pixel Buds or VR headsets.
The majority of Android Wear watches are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, last year Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon Wear 1200 for entry level wearables. So we have an outside chance that Qualcomm could launch the successor to the 2100 this year, Wear 2200 perhaps? We've heard nothing to support this though and furthermore we suspect that the demand simply isn't there.
Tag Heuer launched the Connected Modular 45 in March last year and this was Tag's second smart watch and it's simply the best built Android Wear watch out there. Lacking a heart rate monitor it's not suitable for fitness, but I wouldn't go running with a $1,700 watch so maybe it isn't such a huge loss.
Improved battery lifeContinued health and fitness tracking improvements and subsequent health insightsStandards to be defined to facilitate cross platform tracking and challengesFurther shrinking of components to further reduce size or allow for a bigger batteryEven greater integration with our other devices. For example, Android today gives me the option to keep a phone unlocked when it detects my watch, can't with iOSLong ShotsMicrosoft Surface Watch
Although we were previously unsure when the Apple Watch 7 would be released, we now know Apple's latest smartwatch will be available for preorder starting Oct. 8 and will be available in stores starting Oct. 15. This is a deviation from the timeline for Apple's smartwatch released in the past. Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, when many product announcements were disrupted, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE both debuted on Sept. 15, 2020 and were released three days later. (Here's how the Apple Watch 6 compares to the SE.)
Although we know the new Apple Watch starts at $399, we are yet to find out what pricing looks like for the entire lineup. But, the Apple Watch Series 6 also started at $399, so it's possible that the Series 7 will follow the same pricing for the watch's more premium features and finishes. For example, the 40-millimeter Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS and cellular in a stainless steel casing costs $700, while the titanium version costs $800.
The most noticeable difference between the two smartwatches is their shape. The Galaxy Watch 4 has a round, circular design that mirrors a traditional watch shape. In comparison, Apple's smartwatch features a square-like shape with curved corners, which was contrary to earlier rumors saying the Apple Watch 7 would sport a flat edged design similar to the design choice for the iPad Pro and iPhone 12.
The Galaxy Watch 4 has a bundle of health and fitness features, including body composition measurements through bioelectrical impedance analysis, heart-rate monitoring, blood-pressure measuring, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) feature, a collection of stress measurements and workout tracking. The Android smartwatch also has better sleep tracking than its predecessors with more frequent blood oxygen readings and snore detection. Some of the watch's health features, including ECG, need a Samsung phone to work, while others work fine with any recent Android phone.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is powered by the latest Exynos W920 chipset. The watch also features a new Google Wear OS co-designed by Samsung and Google. It's the first smartwatch to run the new software, officially called Wear OS 3. In his review of the Galaxy Watch 4, CNET's Scott Stein says, although the move to Wear OS was a big deal and a step toward integrating the smartwatch with Android phones, "it feels like the Samsung ecosystem Band-Aid hasn't been ripped off completely."
Although Apple's new smartwatch typically gets a new processor each year, the company didn't mention the Apple Watch 7's processor during its September event. Earlier rumors say the Apple Watch 7 houses a smaller, double-sided S7 chip, but we don't know if this is true yet. The new smartwatch also features Apple's WatchOS 8 software, announced at WWDC this past June.
The Made by Google event was quite the show, as Google finally revealed the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and even gave us more details about the upcoming Pixel Tablet. We may have already known a lot about each of the Pixel devices shown off at the event, but we finally know the cost of each device, the upgrades they bring, the newly introduced software features, and the different ways they all connect. We've got a full rundown of everything announced at the event below, including the Pro-level zoom coming to the Pixel 7, Guided Frame for accessibility, the Pixel Feature Drops coming to users every three months, and more.Fancy picking up the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro? Check out the best Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro deals, along with the best cases for Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Notable tipster Yogesh Brar has disclosed rumored internal specs for the upcoming Pixel 7, revealing everything from the display to the battery. Some are previously known, including the next-gen Google Tensor G2 chip and Android 13 OS that will be used, while others back up previously leaked details.According to the tweet, the Pixel 7 will come equipped with a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The post also shows we can expect the same 8GB of RAM, along with 128GB and 256GB storage options. That means no 512GB option, which supports a previous rumor. Interestingly, Brar reveals the Pixel 7 will sport a 4,700mAh battery capacity. That's a small gain over the 4,616mAh battery the Pixel 6 comes with, but it's a boost that's needed. A bigger battery should (hopefully) deliver more outcomes in the battery department.The next Pixel flagship will also see the return of 30W fast charging, but we're hoping Google will include the necessary 30W USB-C charger in the box.
Turns out some people may have already got their hands on the Pixel Watch. A naughty Reddit user with the moniker "Suckmyn00dle" revealed unboxing photos of the Pixel Watch. The Reddit user seemingly has the Pixel Watch with a polished silver stainless steel case and a charcoal active band. Suckmyn00dle's Pixel Watch box comes with, of course, the polished silver stainless steel Pixel Watch, a charcoal active band (small and large wristbands), and a USB-C magnetic charging cable. The box notes that the small band fits wrists between 130mm and 175mm; the large band is compatible with wrist sizes between 165mm and 210mm.The box also unveils that the upcoming Pixel Watch supports GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. On top of that, it can only be paired with a phone running Android 8.0 or newer. The Pixel Watch itself has a 1.18-inch display, sports about 2GB of RAM, and packs 32GB of storage. It should also come pre-installed with Wear OS 3.5. Finally, the Pixel Watch is outfitted with the Samsung Exynos 9118 chip, a four-year-old wearable processor with a dual-core GPU and Mali-T720 GPU.Will these be the proper specs for the Pixel Watch? Only a few hours until we find out. 2b1af7f3a8