CES 2015 isn’t an event that featured only official technology and gadgets from reputable companies. Among many impressive (and sometimes weird) things like smart wearables, curved phones, powerful smartphones, action cameras, laptops, smart home gadgets and such, there’s this Apple Watch clone that costs only US$27 and it’s available a good two months even before the real thing is due.
Mashable has gotten their hands on one for US$27 (that’s less than RM100), and it actually works. Not in a way Apple intended it to, but the basic things works fine like vibrating to alert you, notifications, and such – even the app layout looks the same as Apple’s. The Smart Watch (yes, that’s it’s real name), is made by a Shenzhen-based company called Hyperdon. According to the sales person, the battery can last “more than 180 hours”.
Speaking of the Apple Watch, according to reports, Samsung has already received orders for the CPU of the real Apple Watch. Digitimes says that according to “industry sources”, each wafer would produce tens to hundreds of chips, making it in line with analyst estimates of 10M to 37M units for the first year of sales. 9to5Mac reports that Apple is now planning an extensive familiarisation program for store employees, and will be training them in mid-February 2015. According to rumours, the steel version of Apple watch could be priced at US$500 (vs. US$27 for the knock off!), and the gold version could cost thousands of dollars.