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Movado Connect Android Wear smartwatch goes on sale U.S.

The Movado Connect is a premium smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0.
The Movado Connect is a premium smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0.
First announced several months ago, the Movado Connect is now on sale in the United States from $595. The device is targeted at fans of the Swiss watchmaker's premium analog watches and is priced accordingly. It is differentiated from the standard Android Wear competition by edge-to-edge crystal covering the digital dial.

The Movado Connect smartwatch powered by Android Wear 2.0 is now available for purchase, some five months after it was officially revealed. While it was always going to be one of the more premium smartwatches on the market thanks to the company’s Swiss watchmaking heritage, it is priced US$100 more than originally promised, starting from US$595. In all, there a five models with the next tier priced at US$650, followed by a model priced at US$895, with the most expensive model coming in at an eye-watering US$995.

Like the Apple Watch series, the internals are the same on each of the models, but are differentiated in price by the watch bands and slightly different finishes. The high-end model comes finished in dark gray ion-plated stainless steel with matching dark gray ion-plated stainless steel link bracelet. The one special design aspect shared by all of the Movado Connect models is an edge-to-edge crystal covering the 1.39-inch 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED digital dial. Each device also comes with over 100 customizable dial variations, but is only available in the single 46.5 mm size.

While the Movado branding and design may help to warrant its high pricing, its specifications will be very much in line with more modestly priced Android Wear 2.0 devices hitting the market this year.  It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 for smartwatches, matched with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. A 300 mAh battery should keep things going for the day, while its NFC connectivity will support tap-and-go payments. Interestingly, the device forgoes a heart rate sensor, which will rule it out for active types, but should help to maximize battery life.

The Movado Connect is only available to customers in the U.S. starting from US$595, with no news of its availability in other markets currently at hand.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-08-17 (Update: 2017-08-17)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.