Coming soon: Archos smartwatches from less than £50

Coming soon: Archos smartwatches from less than £50If there’s one thing guaranteed to get my apathy nodes tingling, it’s another bloomin’ story about smartwatches. Having said that, it took me a while to come round to the whole tablet thing, so don’t pay too much attention to me.

French manufacturer Archos is the latest OEM to throw its hat in the smartwatch ring, promising various wrist-based goodies for CES 2014.

Archos has fired out a lengthy press release detailing its “Connected Objects” theme for CES 2014, including a blood pressure monitor, activity tracker and – I’m not making this up – weather station.

The bit about smartwatches is tacked on at the end, but there’s actually a decent amount of news-meat to chew on.

For starters, the Archos smartwatches (plural; we’re promised a “selection”) will boast compatibility with both Android and iOS, with a focus on “simplicity and function”, all housed in a “pebble-like” design.

Perhaps the most notable promise pertains to Archos smartwatch price. Specifically, you’ll be able to grab an Archos smartwatch from “under £50”. That probably means £49.99, but still, it’ll be interesting to see how these things shift.

If Archos' tablet antics are anything to go by, we can probably expect a good three to four smartwatches at various price points. This time last year, Archos unveiled four Titanium tablets.

Smartwatches have been around for a while, but they’re expected to explode right around the time that Apple announces the iWatch, at which point people will wonder how they ever lived without wrist-based connectivity. NextMarket Insights reckons smartwatch shipments will hit 373 million annually by 2020.

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Stelph  Jan. 2, 2014 at 16:41

Smartwatches have been around for a while, but they’re expected to explode right around the time that Apple announces the iWatch, at which point people will wonder how they ever lived without wrist-based connectivity.

sadly I think this is right on the money, although like you im not sold on the idea that a smartwatch is going to be an essential item (note, a tablet is not an essential item IMO) im sure as soon as apple announce theirs the world will go watch crazy

I do think in certain circumstances a watch WITH SMART FUNCTIONS would be useful, I dont want a mobile phone on my wrist, but a watch that is able to connect to my smartphone could be useful in some circumstances. Not just in notifications but also using the watch as a remote display during sport, or controlling smartphone in some ways, just as long as the watches battery life is not hugely affected (no daily charging please unless you make it very easy to do so, ie wireless charging pads)

ser69  Jan. 3, 2014 at 08:54

Being Archos devices, the battery will only last a few hours, though at least they should be able to provide a countdown timer...

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