ZTE first every smartwatch BlueWatch
With loads of devices unveiled at CES 2014, ZTE is pushing forward to join the club with its first smartwatch – the BlueWatch. Unfortunately this device seems to be a Pebble clone. The similarities between the two are obvious from the start with both having three buttons on the left and one on the right. The charging system is quite different though as the BlueWatch uses a magnetically attached USB cable to accomplish the purpose. It has a black and white e-paper display, however, which is, again, identical to the Pebble. PING! Magazine’s correspondent revealed that the BlueWatch has weak backlighting in comparison to the Pebble.
With regards to its features the device supports Android and the display measures 1.26″ with a resolution of 144 x 168. With a 235 mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0+ EDR support, and a 4 button setup as a first release this s impressive (although the Pebble holds the credit). ZTE has armed the Bluewatch with a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor, paired with 128KB of RAM and 1024K of internal flash. Despite similarities to the Pebble the BlueWatch is still a treat to high-end smartwatch lovers.
BlueWatch is designed to receive notifications, count your steps, find your phone, and perform loads of other smartwatch functions. Want to use it as a fitness-gear? Sure, it comes with a built-in pedometer. The watch shows three faces with the user’s ability to swap between them, all of which looked very similar to the default faces on the Pebble. The BlueWatch uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone and uses apps to control other features.
ZTE has promised a lot more to come adding this is just the beginning. Though ZTE only unveiled the beta version of the watch at the CES, it shows sure signs of selling it in the near future. The company has remained tight-lipped with regards to a release date and the price.