How about a high end smartwatch phone? In the past we covered quite a handful of smartwatches that you could also use as a phone – completely untettered.
Initially there wasn’t really a big market for such devices and their prices were sure reasonable – at the time — for the features and functionality they offered.
The smartwatch phone market has however grown over the past few months and there are more OEMs hopping on the bandwagon to produce devices that pose as a smartwatch, a phone and also a fitness device.
It is however important to note that these devices do not run Google’s Android Wear operating system for smartwatches but a a home made custom OS for the respective watches.
We previously reviewed the ORDRO SW25, ZGPAX S79 Bluetooth Smartwatch Phone, and Each of these Smartwatch phones offered more bounce for the ounce and they can still be had for their relative prices on $61 and $25 on GearBest.
Again, “How about a high end smartwatch phone?“. Chinese startup No 1 will be releasing a D5 smartwatch running a full blown Android operating system – specifically Android KitKat 4.4 like the K8 3G smartwatch phone we reviewed some months back.
The D5 packs a circular 1.3” display with a resolution of 360 by 360 with 16million colors. The device comes equipped with 512MB RAM and an internal storage of 4GB just like the K8 3G.
See hands on video below.
As you may know, KitKat doesn’t have a native support for smartwatches; the No 1 folks had to tweak the OS to make it work with the D5.
Powering the D5 is a 28nm-based dual-core Cortex A7 chipset clocked at 1.2 Ghz and coupled with ARM’s Mali-400 GPU which I must say is quite an impressive feat for this device.
Underneath the back covering is a 450mAh battery inside – to keep your pistons firing – and a single micro sim slot. The SoC can effectively encode and decode 720HD video and has support for most basic media playback format including MP2/3, and MP4.
you get Google Play preinstalled to access whatever apps you may want to — but of course, there’s a limit. Network connectivity options include GPRS, 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz; WCDMA 850/2100, Wi-Fi, BT2.1 + BLE4.0, and embedded GPS Module.
Interestingly, the device also comes with an IP-65 rating for a fair water and dust resistance and a fitness tracker. There’s been no word on its pricing as of yet but like the rest of the smartwatch phones before it, it should be listed on GearBest for pre-order soon enough. We will update you as soon as we find out more.