We got access to information about a new smartwatch that will be launching shortly. This watch is made by Omate and is called the TrueSmart. The reason that it goes by such a name is because they believe that this is the only true smartwatch. This is because this smartwatch is fundamentally a standalone device and doesn’t require a smartphone to operate. This is because it has watch, camera, phone, GPS and many other functionalities that most smartwatches and smartphones both lack. The Omate TrueSmart tries to combine all of these devices together into a single smart device that has Android 4.2.2 and a 1.3 GHz MediaTek dual core processor which enable quick responsiveness. In addition to being responsive, having a fully blown Android OS and dual core processor will allow for the Omate TrueSmart to actively do things like voice texting and voice search as well as voice calling. All features that are natively baked into Android 4.2.2 and from my personal experience work fairly well.
The device itself is also IP67 waterproof and dustproof which makes it a great device to take with you when you simply can’t take your phone. Not to mention, most phones are still not waterproof or anywhere near waterproof, so you run the risk of damaging your phone if you do decide to take it for a dip or for an intense hike.
The one thing that makes the Omate TrueSmart great is that it is not yet another plastic smartwatch like the rest of the ones on the market. The casing itself will be made of metal, which is a welcome feature in the world of endless plastic smartwatches. I personally have been testing the Sony Smartwatch and have found the plastic clip-on casing to not only look cheap, but also feel cheap on your wrist. The truth is that smartwatches need to be quality-made devices that both look and function superior to their ‘dumb’ counterparts that ‘only’ tell time.
Internally, it will be powered by a 1.3 GHz Medatek dual-core processor capable of delivering A snappy Android 4.2.2 experience along with a color display at 240×240 resolution. It will also have 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, with an expandability of up to 32 Gb via MicroSD. The watch will accept a MicroSIM as well in order to enable the 2G/3G standalone functionality. And if you wish, the watch can also operate as a companion device to your phone via Bluetooth. It also is capable of accessing 802.11 b/g/n which means that even in places where you might not have cell service you can still connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. The internal camera is a 5MP camera and should allow for some really interesting photography. It also has an accelerometer and magnometer inside in addition to having an internal speaker, which is obviously necessary if it is to be used in standalone mode.
From what we’ve seen with the Omate TrueSmart, it looks to be a very promising device with almost unlimited potential, only being constrained by how much battery they can fit inside of the device. It will also be interesting to see how they implement features like email and text with such a small screen and whether or not their own UI and implementation of the Android operating system will enable for a better experience.
Hopefully developers pick up interest with this watch much like they did with the Pebble as it will have the ability to do OTA updates and should be fully rootable with CWM (Clockwork Mod) Recovery. Since they are aiming to make this watch an open platform, Android developers should find it fairly easy to develop applications for this device. The only limitations will likely be the screen size and resolution, but then again this is just a 1.5" screen watch.
We look forward to seeing more details about the Omate TrueSmart shortly and will be sharing them with you guys once we can. We’re still waiting on pricing, but I have a feeling that this device won’t come cheaply, which is good, because the cheap Sony and Pebble smartwatches feel exactly that, cheap.