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Samsung has apparently settled on a physical rotating bezel for this year's Galaxy Watch. (Image source: Samer Khodeir)

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 will have a rotating bezel, among other new features

Reportedly launching as four variants in August, Samsung is also said to be bringing back the physical rotating bezel back for the Galaxy Watch 2. Rumoured to be available in two sizes too, the Galaxy Watch 2 may also come in LTE ...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:36:00 +0200
Timex and Amazfit/Huami team up for the Metropolitan R smartwatch. (Image source: Digital Times/Engadget)

Timex Metropolitan smartwatch: Timex teams up with Huami to create an elegant Amazfit-inspired wearable for US$179

Timex and Xiaomi subsidiary Huami have seemingly teamed up to create the Timex Metropolitan R and Timex Metropolitan S smartwatches. The Timex Metropolitan smartwatches, which are clearly inspired by Huami Amazfit devices, are pri...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:23:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC version will be available to buy from June 16. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC version starts appearing in markets outside of China priced at 3,990 Russian rubles (US$58)

Xiaomi has started offering the Mi Band 4 NFC version outside of its domestic market. The wearable is currently listed on the Mi store for Russia and is priced at 3,990 Russian rubles (US$58). The Chinese company is expected to ro...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 21:02:00 +0200
The TicWatch Pro has been updated for 2020. (Source: Mobvoi)

Deal | Mobvoi partners with PayPal to offer 10% off any product in its online store

Mobvoi is a wearable and smart-thing OEM that makes the WearOS-powered TicWatch series. It has announced that customers who order from its own web-store using PayPal will get a 10% discount. This, for example, would bring the pric...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:34:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will support Amazon's Alexa AI assistant. (Image source: Gizchina)

Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Official launch date and release date revealed and new renders posted

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is definitely coming soon thanks to details revealed by Xiaomi on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The company will be officially announcing the Mi Band 5 on June 11, and it will later be released for sale...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 31 May 2020 21:37:00 +0200
The wearables sector had a mixed 1Q2020. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's global wearables shipments grew by 71% for the first quarter of 2020

The latest IDC report on the wearables market (for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020)) shows that its watch sector declined. However, this shortfall was addressed by gains made by the audio and band categories. Apple remained the ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 May 2020 23:58:00 +0200
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 was launched in 2018. (Image source: Samsung)

New Samsung Galaxy Watch: Four variants of the possible Galaxy Watch Active 3 start revealing their secrets through FCC filings

A new Samsung Galaxy Watch has been discovered in recent FCC files, with a total of four different model numbers being spotted. It is believed that there will be two variants with LTE connectivity, while two other Samsung Galaxy W...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 29 May 2020 23:29:00 +0200
The Realme Watch offers plenty of bang-for-your-buck. (Source: Realme)

First Realme smartwatch announced, costs just US$50

Oppo sub-brand Realme has launched its very first smartwatch. The new Realme Watch has a derivative look about it but offers the sharp value that we have come to expect from the brand.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 26 May 2020 12:38:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will be able to display analog watch faces. (Image source: TizenHelp)

New Xiaomi Mi Band 5 features discovered: Smartphone camera controller, more fitness categories, and analog watch face support

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will reportedly feature a smartphone camera controller among its array of functions. On top of that, five new fitness categories have been added to the included list of workout activities, and ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 May 2020 20:04:00 +0200
The latest alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 live photos show the wearable with a smaller button on the display. (Image source: Weibo)

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker revealed in new alleged live photo leak

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker has supposedly been leaked once again in some live photos. The alleged Mi Band 5 is shown being plugged into its charging station in the latest images. Few additional details are offer...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 May 2020 15:09:00 +0200
Galaxy Watch Active 2 gets ECG support in South Korea

Galaxy Watch Active 2 inches closer to the Apple Watch Series 5 with ECG functionality

ECG support has finally arrived for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in South Korea. The feature was supposed to be released alongside the wearable but got delayed. International availability will vary on a country-by-country bas...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 25 May 2020 12:50:00 +0200
The already available OPPO Enco W31 earphones have 7 mm dynamic drivers. (Image source: OPPO)

OPPO Smart Band and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds teased ahead of expected June launch

OPPO has been busy teasing some new upcoming products on social media, including the OPPO Smart Band wearable and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds. Specific details about the two products are currently scarce, but it is believed OPP...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 24 May 2020 20:51:00 +0200
Seems the Watch GT series is getting some very direct competition. (Source: Huawei)

Rumor | Huawei will start a new smartwatch line that matches the Mate series

A leaks site has posted what is claimed to be a new trademarking application filed by Huawei for a "Mate Watch". Therefore, it seems the OEM is making a new wearable specifically intended to go with the phablets of the same name. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 23 May 2020 19:47:00 +0200
Rufus Cuff: The large smartwatch is finally getting a release date. (Image source: rufuslabs)

Rufus Cuff: The large smartwatch is finally getting a release date

The computer for your wrist is finally being delivered, years after it was first announced. The Rufus Cuff is significantly larger than your typical smartwatch and has numerous sensors.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 22 May 2020 20:54:00 +0200
The Amazfit Bip S will launch on June 3. (Image source: Huami)

The Amazfit Bip S will launch on June 3

The Amazfit Bip S is set to launch on June 3, XDA Developers reports. Featuring up to 40 days battery life, the Bip S has a 1.28-inch display and comes in an array of colours.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 22 May 2020 20:25:00 +0200
Mi Band 5 will come with a host of new features

Mi Band 5 billed to come with an SPO2 sensor, Alexa, and more

Xiaomi's upcoming Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will bring forth a host of new features, according to a source familiar with the matter. Some of them include an SPO2 filter to monitor blood oxygen levels, support for Alexa out of the ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 22 May 2020 15:55:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 3 is available on Amazon at a steep discount. (Image source: Amazon)

Apple Watch Series 3 sells for just US$231: enough to sway Galaxy Gear S3 and Fitbit Versa users?

The Apple Watch Series 3 is now available on Amazon for as low as US$231. This brings it into contention with the Galaxy Gear S3. However, LTE capabilities, superior build quality and tight iOS integration make the Series 3 a soli...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 20 May 2020 11:41:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Amazfit Ares smartwatch is available in black and army green. (Image source: Amazfit)

Xiaomi Amazfit Ares rugged smartwatch unboxed in real-life photos - 70 sport modes and 14-day battery life for 499 yuan (US$70)

Xiaomi and Huami have announced the Amazfit Ares smartwatch, and it has already been fully revealed in a serious of real-life unboxed photos. The rugged-looking wearable has a 1.28-inch color touchscreen and weighs just 48 g. The ...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 20 May 2020 10:28:00 +0200
Lilygo: A customisable smartwatch with touch, Wi-Fi and Arduino support that will set you back less than US$25. (Image source: Lilygo)

Lilygo: A customisable smartwatch with touch, Wi-Fi and Arduino support that will set you back less than US$25

Lilygo has presented its latest smartwatch, the TTGO T-Watch-2020. Highly customisable, the device has a 1.54-inch touch display, Wi-Fi and supports Arduino. The Lilygo TTGO T-Watch-2020 costs less than US$25, too.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 May 2020 00:23:00 +0200
The Gobi app icon (Image Source; Josh Constine)

More Apple iOS 14 features get leaked

Apple's upcoming iOS 14 is bringing more augmented reality integration via apps such as Gobi that offer dining and shopping interactions through new circular QR codes. The Find My app will also be updated with audio and haptic cue...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 19 May 2020 14:23:00 +0200
Fitbit now makes a ventilator. (Source: Fitbit)

Covid-19: Fitbit responds to the pandemic by developing a ventilator

Fitbit has announced that its own-brand ventilator has been sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing. Despite being known for wearables, this company has also recently devoted some of its resources to the prod...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 May 2020 18:33:00 +0200
Renders of the upcoming Realme Watch (Image source: XDA)

Realme Watch and Realme TV confirmed: launching in India on May 25th

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth recently confirmed the existence of the Realme Watch and Realme TV. The two products are set to launch in India on May 25th, offering an alternative to the Apple Watch and premium Android smart TVs.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 17 May 2020 14:56:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and Mi Band 4C will be successors to the popular Mi Band 4 fitness tracker. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 gets certified while price and release date rumors surface; cheaper Mi Band 4C to be launched soon

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has now been certified by the Taiwan National Communications Commission, and there are new rumors arising in regard to the upcoming wearable’s potential price and release date. The Xiaomi Mi Band 4C is also ap...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 17 May 2020 12:22:00 +0200
Huami is going to launch the Amazfit Ares rugged smartwatch on May 19. (Image source: Huami/Weibo)

The Amazfit Ares sporty smartwatch from Huami will be launched on May 19

Huami has been teasing a new product on the Chinese social network Weibo in the form of a sporty smartwatch. The somewhat rugged-looking Amazfit Ares is scheduled to be launched on May 19 and offers a host of features for smartwat...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 15 May 2020 11:36:00 +0200
The Mi Band 5 will probably be another cheap Xiaomi wearable. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 confirmed to be arriving in 2H20

The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has been confirmed to be arriving in 2H20, Gizchina reports. Confirmed by Hung Wang, CEO of Huami, the Mi Band 5 is thought to have a larger display than its predecessor.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 14 May 2020 22:42:00 +0200
NoiseFit Endure: An inexpensive smartwatch with 20 days battery life, IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor. (Image source: Noise)

The NoiseFit Endure, a smartwatch with 20 days battery life, IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor, is now shipping for INR 3,999 (~US$53)

With the NoiseFit Endure, you get an inexpensive smartwatch with not only 20 days of battery life, but also with IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor. The NoiseFit Endure also has a 1.28-inch circular LCD panel, over 100 wat...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 14 May 2020 18:54:00 +0200
The Huawei Health app no longer works unless HMS 4.0.0 or later is installed. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei wearables will no longer work unless you download HMS via the AppGallery instead of the Google Play Store, and people aren't happy about it

Huawei wearables will no longer work unless you download HMS via the AppGallery instead of the Google Play Store. Unintentional or not, people are unhappy about it.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 12 May 2020 16:56:00 +0200
A new firmware update for the Honor MagicWatch 2 activates its Sp02 sensor. (Image source: Honor)

The MagicWatch 2 supports blood oxygen saturation monitoring too; it's just that Honor left its Sp02 sensor disabled for six months

Is it a coincidence that multiple OEMs are now activating the Sp02 sensors in their smartwatches via an update? After Huawei did so with the Watch GT 2, Honor has now rolled out an equivalent firmware update for the MagicWatch 2 t...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 07 May 2020 23:06:00 +0200
10 W Vissles 3-in-1 Qi wireless charging station charges almost as fast as a 10 W cable charger (Image source: Vissles)

Deal | 10 W Vissles 3-in-1 Qi wireless charging station charges almost as fast as a 10 W cable charger

The third-party Apple charger blends in well with all your Apple products and it gets the charging job done almost as fast as a cable despite some minor design setbacks.
Allen Ngo, Thu, 07 May 2020 06:48:00 +0200
The alleged Vivo watch sketches. (Source: Twitter)

Vivo allegedly patents its first smartwatch

More and more Android OEMs are also releasing wearables these days; now, it seems that Vivo is about to join them. A Twitter leaker claims to have found images, apparently derived from a "patent", showing that this company has des...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 May 2020 18:18:00 +0200
Newer Apple Watches can monitor your heart rate. (Source: Apple)

An Apple Watch is credited with saving yet another user from an acute heart condition

According to a report published in a medical journal, a patient's Apple Watch successfully detected a serious anomaly missed by diagnostic hospital equipment. However, when the individual pointed out ECGs matching the health issue...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 03 May 2020 21:34:00 +0200
The new Realme Watch render. (Source: XDA)

The Realme Watch: renders for this brand's very own Apple Watch clone emerge online

An XDA contributor claims to have "exclusive" access to info on Realme's 2nd-gen wearable. This product will apparently simply be called the brand's Watch, as with other OEM's answer to Apple's device of this category. The new lea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:13:00 +0200
The Amazfit X: yes, that really is its tagline. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Amazfit X finally goes live via Indiegogo

Following a lengthy wait, Amazfit has released its first smartwatch with a curving display onto the market. Well, more or less: it is being offered as a reward as part of a new Indiegogo campaign. The device starts for US$149 and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Apr 2020 18:09:00 +0200
One of the early design sketches of the Apple Watch. (Source: Imran Chaudhri)

Former Apple designer reveals original sketches, other tidbits about genesis of Apple Watch

Apple Watch is by a long way the world’s most popular smartwatch and it is now five years old. To mark the occasion, one of the former lead designers for the Watch has taken to Twitter to reveal some behind the scenes details neve...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 26 Apr 2020 11:35:00 +0200
The next-gen Galaxy Watch may be here soon. (Source: Samsung)

A new leak hints at the launch of a 2020 Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung has reportedly had a new product certified with the MIIT regulator in China. Based on its model number, it is likely to be a full-screened wearable. Therefore, a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 may be in the offing...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 25 Apr 2020 19:36:00 +0200
The Amazfit X. (Source: Huami)

Update | The Amazfit X, a new curved-display smartwatch, is about to launch on Indiegogo

Update: Amazfit has finally announced a launch date for the X: April 28, 2020. This 92-degree curved wearable was first introduced as a concept device in 2019. Now, however, it is ready to become a reality via its upcoming Indiego...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 22:37:00 +0200
You can use your Galaxy Watch Active 2 to monitor your blood pressure

Galaxy Watch Active 2 will soon be able to monitor your blood pressure

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 just got certified by South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) to measure blood pressure. It works by reading input data from the wearable's heart rate sensor and comparing it with pre-...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:08:00 +0200
The new app on the Galaxy Watch. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches a hand-washing app for its smartwatches

Adequate hand hygiene is one of the everyday measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat Covid-19. Accordingly, Samsung has developed the ‘Hand Wash’ app for its watches. It promotes this activity th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 18 Apr 2020 22:36:00 +0200
The new Apple Watch? (Source: YouTube)

New Apple Watch 6 and watchOS 7 leaks point to TouchID, new mental-health tracking feature and more

We have now reached a part of April 2020 increasingly regarded as "iPhone SE 2 Week"; however, this has not stopped the new Apple Watch rumors coming thick and fast. They now point to a new form of authentication for this device, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Apr 2020 20:45:00 +0200
The Huawei Watch GT 2 can now measure blood oxygen saturation levels. (Image source: Huawei)

The Watch GT 2 does support blood oxygen saturation monitoring after all, but Huawei left its Sp02 sensor disabled for six months

The Watch GT 2 has been well received, but the lack of blood oxygen saturation monitoring was an oversight. Now, the smartwatch can finally use its Sp02 sensor courtesy of a software update, six months after launching.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:15:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Heylou Solar smartwatch retails for just CNY 150. (Image source: Xiaomiyoupin)

Xiaomi Haylou Solar: Not solar-powered, but a smartwatch that costs just ~US$20

The Xiaomi subsidiary Haylou, pronounced "Hello", has released a new smartwatch, the Solar. While the Haylou Solar is not a solar-powered smartwatch as its name suggests, it still packs some impressive tech for ~US$20.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:35:00 +0200
The smartwatch market may continue to grow until 2024. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The smartwatch market could break 100 million units shipped by 2024: new market research

The market for smartwatches is associated with an estimated 43.87 million unit shipments in 2018. However, this number is now thought to reach a possible total of 108.91 million by 2024. This growth may be driven by an increased d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:05:00 +0200
Pick up the Fossil Sport for just US$99. (Image source: Fossil)

Deal | Snap up a Fossil smartwatch with Wear OS & Snapdragon Wear 3100 for US$99 instead of US$275; take over 50% off the Gen 4 too

Interested in a smartwatch but put off by the price? Well, Fossil is currently offering some stonking discounts on its Sport and Gen 4 smartwatches. Featuring a waterproof design, Wear OS, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100, GPS, 4 G...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:29:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 features a 30-day battery. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi celebrates shipping 100 million wearables with possible hint of upcoming Mi Band 5 launch

Xiaomi has posted some details about the upcoming Mi Fan Festival event that is taking place in China on April 3. The Chinese manufacturer revealed that over 100 million Xiaomi wearables had been shipped between 2014 and 2019 and ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:19:00 +0200
The Oppo Watch and Find X2 Pro Lamborghini are now available to purchase in China. (Image source: Oppo)

Oppo Watch and Find X2 Pro Lamborghini celebrate sales launch

Oppo launched its first smartwatch, predictably called the Oppo Watch, on March 6. Now, the Apple Watch clone with an EKG sensor is now celebrating its sales and market launch in China alongside the Find X2 Pro Lamborghini.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:19:00 +0100
The Galaxy Watch Active 2. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will get ECG support, but it will be delayed

Samsung's latest smartwatch has an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor, but it is deactivated at present. The OEM had projected that it would be working via a firmware update in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, it now see...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:51:00 +0100
Honor MagicWatch 2 Smartwatch Review: The Huawei clone convinces with graphical fitness charts

Honor MagicWatch 2 Smartwatch Review: The Huawei clone convinces with graphical fitness charts

Multi-function sports watch at an affordable price. The concept of cloning technology, which is usually practiced by Honor and Huawei with their smartphones, also works with smartwatches: Aside from some visual details, the Honor MagicWatch 2 is a clone of the Watch GT 2 from the parent company Huawei. It looks just as elegant and is just as good, and it is more affordable.
1.39" | 41 g
Inge Schwabe, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Aukey's latest products with wireless charging. (Source: Aukey)

The latest wireless charger from Aukey has a fan to keep it cool

The well-known power accessories brand Aukey has launched the Graphite Pro 15W, a wireless charger that has won a 2020 iF Design Award for its futuristic form-factor. It integrates vents, a fan and "aviation-grade aluminum" to kee...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Mar 2020 19:22:00 +0100
The Watch GT 2e has been spotted in three colours (Image source: WinFuture)

Huawei Watch GT 2e leaked: 14 days battery life for €200 (~US$215)

The Watch GT 2e has leaked online in all its 46 mm glory. Due to be unveiled alongside the Huawei P40 series, the GT 2e will feature a 1.39-inch AMOLED panel and a Kirin A1 SoC. The smartwatch comes with 16 MB of RAM, 4 GB of stor...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:14:00 +0100
Sports smartwatches: Garmin fēnix 6 and Polar Vantage V in comparison (Photo: Garmin, Polar)

Sports smartwatches: Garmin fēnix 6 and Polar Vantage V in comparison

In this review, we compare the Garmin fēnix 6 with the Polar Vantage V. Both models can convince in our review but then show surprisingly large differences in their orientation and should tend to make slightly different target groups happy.
Silvio Werner, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 04:29:00 +0100

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