ZTE making a smartwatch too

  • TECH
  • Friday, 03 Jan 2014

The Chinese company is the latest to join the wearable technology party and will be launching its watch at the International CES on Tuesday. 

Called the BlueWatch, it will come with a built-in pedometer and is aimed at those obsessed with quantifying themselves rather than consumers looking to do away with a smartphone altogether in favour of something wrist-worn. As such it will also be able to offer wearers access to information such as body fat percentage. 

However, like a growing number of smartphones, it will be able to tether to a smartphone and, using Bluetooth, work as a remote control and notifications center for taking phone calls, taking photos and using Facebook and Twitter. 

On Tuesday, French Android tablet maker Archos announced that it was gearing up to launch its first range of smartwatches and that they too would make their global debut at the International CES on January 7. 

Like ZTE, Archos is being coy about exactly what the device will be able to do and what it will look like. However, it has confirmed that there will be a range of smartwatches and that they will cost less than US$100 (RM330).  

As well as a smartwach, ZTE will also be demonstrating something called the Projector Hotspot, a device that combines the functionality of a 4G/LTE WiFi hotspot for creating a mobile Internet network with a video projector. Not only can it offer a mobile Internet connection to eight devices simultaneously, it can also stream and share visual content at home, in the office or on the move. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2014 

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