Shunal DokeNov 18, 2013 17:53:51 IST
Qualcomm has announced that its smartwatch, dubbed the Toq, will be making its way to stores on December 2. The smartwatch will only be available through Qualcomm’s digital storefront at first, but might make it to retail stores eventually. It will cost $349.99 (roughly translating to Rs 21,850), which strikes us as a bit on the expensive side. At first, the smartwatch will only be compatible with Android smartphones running on 4.0 or higher, but iOS compatibility is expected in the future.
The Toq allows the wearer to manage phone calls, text messages, meeting reminders and other notifications from their wrist. Qualcomm has promised to continue adding more functionality to Toq in the form of software upgrades. Qualcomm will also allow third party developers to come up with applets for the smartwatch using the AllJoyn technology, which lets smartphones communicate with the smartwatch.
December 2 isn't that far away...
The most interesting bit about the watch, however, is that it sports the proprietary Qualcomm Mirasol display, a reflective, colour capacitive touchscreen display, which consumes minimal power allowing you to use the watch for days without charging, according to Qualcomm. The watch also supports wireless charging using the Qualcomm WiPower LE technology and comes with stereo Bluetooth audio support. The smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm's proprietary operating system.
The Toq was originally unveiled by Qualcomm at its annual Uplinq Developer Conference earlier this year. It was showcased at the event by Qualcomm boss Paul Jacobs. The company has stated that the smartwatch will be sold in limited numbers. We expect, however, that if the demand is high enough, the company will ramp up its production eventually.
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