Goophone is popular, if not notorious, for putting out Android smartphones that are obvious knockoffs of Apple and Samsung devices. It’s not surprising, then, that it has come out with a smartwatch of its own. But this time, Goophone is daring to be a bit different.
Smartwatches are still a bit of an eccentricity, but there is little doubt that it represents the next step towards wearable smart devices, which includes the Google Glass eyewear. Some manufacturers and tech companies are definitely looking into this category. Samsung has attempted to beat its rivals to the punch by releasing the Galaxy Gear in September and Apple, as always, is rumored to be going down that road as well. And that road is one that Goophone, who has take imitation as flattery to new degree, is definitely taking, but with a slight twist.
The twist comes from the fact that, unlike other smartwatches currently available, the Goophone Smart Watch isn’t simply an accessory. It is, in almost every sense, a smart device in its own right. To put it simply, it is an Android smartphone squeezed into a 1.54-inch 240×240 resolution screen. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core MT6577 with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, which almost sounds perfect for the new Android 4.4, except that this only runs a very old Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead. The hands-on video below demonstrates the full Android functionality available from Goophone’s device.
One will be left wondering how practical such a setup might be. While the Galaxy Gear has been discovered to be capable of running regular Android apps and launchers, Samsung’s version sports a user interface and experience that is tailored for the device’s limited size. Still, those sold on Goophone’s Smart Watch will be able to soon purchase a 2G-only variant for $250 and one with 3G support for $300.