Last week, Qualcomm started taking pre-orders for the highly anticipated Qualcomm Toq smartwatch for $350. Yesterday, the smartwatch went on sale, as expected before, for $349 which is $50 higher than Samsung Galaxy Gear and works with any smartphone running Android 4.0.3, although it works best with Jelly Bean or higher (Android KitKat). The smartwatch will be available in Black and White color, but the white version will be available in the coming weeks, according to the product page and doesn’t give an exact release date.
Qualcomm Toq comes with a 1.55-inch display with Qualcomm’s Mirasol display technology, which is one of the reasons for its high price. It also features Bluetooth 3.0, a 240 mAh battery that can last multiple days according to the folks at Qualcomm, Qualcomm WiPower LE wireless charger and weighs only 3.2oz.
It’s improved battery timing is due to the Mirasol display that can conserve power by refreshing only when needed. It’s similar to E-Ink’s displays found in Amazon Kindle and other e-readers.
The orders placed from now will be shipped in 1-2 weeks from now and comes with a wireless charging dock and a cable. It would be pretty interesting to see how Qualcomm’s smartwatch will compete against other competitors such as Pebble and Galaxy Gear with the high price tag. It brings a similar set of features as Pebble, which works with both the iPhone and Android devices and is priced at $149.
What do you people think? Is the $349 price tag justified?
Have a look at our Best Smartwatch 2014 guide for more information on the best smart watches available at the moment.
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