Alcatel has also joined the smartwatch race with their new offering called the Wave Smartwatch. While major brands like Samsung and LG have announced watches running Google’s Android Wear OS, Alcatel’s Wave smartwatch runs custom OS which the company claims to provide better battery life. The watch comes with a 1.2-inch 240 x 204 display and also had optical heart rate monitor at the back, similar to those found on the Samsung Gear Live or Apple Watch.
It also features other sensors such as a pedometer and altimeter and the smartwatch will feed your tracked data to a linked device so you can monitor your stats over time.
The watch will run an operating system developed by Alcatel and will not feature Android Wear. This OS can receive notifications, send calls and messages and track your fitness. It can be connected or paired to any smartphone running Android 4.3 and later, using Bluetooth 4.0. The Wave also supports NFC to trigger the connection to a companion device.
A clever and innovative approach is the charging USB port which is built into the strap.
The on-board battery capacity is 210-mAh, which Alcatel estimates will last 4 days on a charge. The device is also IP67 dust and water resistant. There is no mention on when the product will be available, but Alcatel claims it will be priced 99 Euros which is close to $125 and this is an impressive pricing. It might also be one of the cheapest smartwatches.[Img Credit: Engadget]