In the year 2015, AsteroidOS was introduced as serious alternative to the Google Android Wear platform. The AsteroidOS team has now announced the first smartwatch running its wearable platform, made in partnership with French start-up Connect Watch.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the Connect Watch is that it doesn’t need to be tethered to a smartphone to unlock full functionality. Unlike smartwatches running on Google’s Android Wear operating system, the Connect Watch can work even without being paired to a smartphone. It features a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400. The smartwatch is powered by a quad-core MediaTek chipset clocked at 1.39 GHz. Connect Watch will be available in two memory configurations – one featuring 4GB of storage and 512MB RAM and the other with 8GB of storage coupled with 1GB of RAM.
Unlike most smartwatches, the Connect Watch sports a camera as well. The 2MP snapper can be used not just to click photos but can also record videos at up to 720p HD resolution. 4G LTE networks are not supported, but the smartwatch will be able to connect to 3G networks thanks to a Nano SIM card slot.
Battery life is one area where most smartwatches aren’t very impressive. However, the new AsteroidOS smartwatch will apparently deliver 4 days of battery life on a single charge. The exact battery capacity hasn’t been revealed though. Some of the other features include a heartbeat sensor, chronometer, and all the other features you expect from a smartwatch. An app store will obviously be present too, although the number of apps available at launch is likely to be very limited. The AsteroidOS team has asked developers to port their apps to their platform, which could possibly mean that many more apps will be added in the future.
The Connect Watch is expected to go up for pre-order very soon on UIule, a European crowdfunding website.