Android watch #472 runs Froyo and makes calls

January 20, 2012
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Between the WIMM One, I'm Watch, Sony Ericsson's new Xperia SmartWatch and the MOTOACTV, you'd think there was some kind of trend going on. Add one more to the pile with niche Chinese OEM Phaeton Nice Electronics and their unnamed Android watch, which ARMDevices got a look at on the CES floor. But wait a minute - this is more than your typical Bluetooth-pairing, agenda-updating fancy pedometer: this device runs a full and mostly unmodified Android 2.2 OS with a cellular connection.

That makes the watch-phone, well, an actual phone, and piques our interest considerably. You'll find all the standard budget Android bells and whistles shrunken down to fit on a 2-inch screen, including a 469Mhz processor, 800mAh battery (claimed battery life: 1.5 days) and SIM and MicroSD card slots. While the phone only supports EDGE data speeds at the moment, the manufacturer hopes to get it up to 3G by the time it finds some distribution partners. A camera faces forward instead of up so you can sight along your arm for photos. The 320×240 screen is actually pretty high-res for its size (the HTC Wildfire had the same at 3.2 inches) and uses capacitive touch technology.

Pricing is only good for distribution partners for now, and starts at $200 each for orders of 500 units. Like many smaller Chinese OEMs, Phaeton Nice Electronics has no plans to start selling the watch directly. As interesting as the idea is, we've seen "dumb" watch phones for years, and the execution never quite lives up to our Dick Tracy dreams. For one thing, holding your wrist up to do some mobile computing has never appealed outside of the comic books, and a design like this demands satellite devices like a Bluetooth headset and/or headphones. One the plus side, the company teased an updated model with a faster processor and Ice Cream Sandwich to come.

[via Liliputing]


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  • Jay

    Tried liveview, tried many not so cheap china watch phones, even the uk’s swap watch (more expensive than this, I have one on order, should be here in a couple of weeks, cant wait, will let yall know how it goes…

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  • Jeff

    i bought one android watch phone from ibuygou,and was very impressed with the followup service on the upgrade of the android watch phone,I could not do the upgrade using the fine wire USB extender that came with the phone.For some reason the upgrade would stop in the middle and give a USB error message. Finally i just pluged the phone strap directly into my laptop and it worked beautifully the first time.Ibuygou is able to give the very fast updated news on the android watch phone.

    • Xie Anna

      i dislike the design

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    Frequency: Quad-band GSM

    OS:Android OS 2.2

    Memory: ROM:2GB,RAM: 2GB,can be up to 32GB

    Screen: 2″ TFT-LCD Touch screen with LED back light

    Keyboard: 4 side keys

    GPS: internal GPS antenna

    G-sensor: ADXL345

    Camera :2.0 megapixel,can be up to 5.0M

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