Alcatel’s OS-agnostic OneTouch Watch now up for pre-order

31 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alcatel OneTouch Watch Available To Pre-Order And Priced At $149.99.

The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. Alcatel today announced that their OneTouch Watch — which was revealed at CES 2015 – is now available for pre-order directly from their website for $149.99. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds of devices.

As you would expect, after Google announcing a unifying android platform for smartwatches in the way of ‘Android Wear’, a number of manufacturers instantly jumped onboard with their own specific Android Wear watches. Alcatel’s device has a circular face, and at launch will ship with a black sport band (with more options set to be made available later on this year).

If you’re wondering where Alcatel fits into the crowded wearable landscape, there is one feature we think you’ll find favor with outside of the pricing: it’s OS-agnostic, working with both Android and iOS. It also comes pre-loaded with a full suite of everyday apps like active health monitoring, phone notifications, music controls and heartrate monitoring.

Whether those promises will hold up remain to be seen, though the company is bold enough to advertise that the watch’s 210mAh battery can last anywhere between 2 and 5 days depending on usage. The device uses touch-based input, but depends on a tapping interface using the home area that takes up a small chunk of the bottom of the round screen, similar to the Moto 360’s bottom black bar. Indeed, the website shows that April 30 is the day of availability, so for anyone wanting to get their wrist underneath the Onetouch Watch as soon as possible, a pre-order looks to be the best way to do that.

Additional unique features include, built-in USB 2.0 charging directly through the Watch band, as well as shake to activate camera control, making it possible to get the perfect selfie without having to press a button. The watch has a hidden USB 2.0 port in the band that lets it charge to full capacity in just an hour, which is a nice change from the field of proprietary and induction chargers used by many manufacturers in terms of convenience. Alcatel says their watch faces are fully customizable via the accompanying OneTouch move app, which is also where most of the functionality here will come into play.

Alcatel’s pricing here will win some over, but we’re not sure how it will tap into HealthKit or Google Fit, much less other smartwatch-y things like being used as a remote camera shutter.

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