Alcatel Onetouch has a new smartwatch, although its choice of design is a little suspect. The new Alcatel OneTouch Go Watch bears a striking resemblance to the classic G-Shock watches from Casio, although there has been no collaboration between the two companies.
While the looks of the Go Watch may be the first thing to point out, it should be noted that the smartwatch only has basic functionality; meaning that it does not run Android Wear. It runs its own set of apps, with are assumed to be things like calendar reminders and notifications. What is confirmed is that the Go Watch will have a heart rate sensor, partially for fitness apps, but also for the mood assessing function.
Essentially, the Go Watch will use a combination of sensors, which includes the heart rate monitor – accelerometer, and gyroscope – to guess the wearers current mood. It will then also suggest ways to improve said mood, which could be things like screaming or taking a walk. One might want to think twice about following the suggestions of a low-end smartwatch, especially when it involves making loud noises.
As far as internals go, the Go Watch has a 1.22-inch display with a 240 x 204 resolution. It’s powered by a Cortex M4 chipset and a 225mAh battery. Alcatel OneTouch claims that it will last for about two to five days, which is possible on the reduced hardware. The most interesting thing about the Go Watch is the use of a regular microUSB port for charging. Which means that that keeping it running will be much easier than most of the competition.
The Alcatel OneTouch Go Watch is water-, shock- and dust-resistant. Although we have no idea what degree of resistance this happens to be. It also features a replaceable wrist strap and front casing function, which gives it a certain amount of customisation.
Thus far, the Alcatel OneTouch Go Watch is compatible with Android and iOS systems. There is no word on when it will be made available, nor about how much it will cost when it appears.