This is probably the first wearable device by a prominent domestic handset player (correct us if we are wrong). Note that both Micromax and Karbonn have stated plans to launch similar wearable devices in the forthcoming months.
This launch follows in the footsteps of competitors LG and Samsung launching their respective Android Wear smart watches on Google Play in India last month. Both these watches are however out of stock at the moment.
However unlike LG and Samsung, Spice’s smart watch runs on a proprietary Java-based operating system, which is quite disappointing. The company however claims that this smart watch can be paired with any Android smartphone via a Bluetooth notifier app which will be available for download on Spice Mobile website.
After pairing, this smart watch will apparently let users read or write text messages, make or receive calls, capture images remotely, stream music or browse the web among others.
What’s worth noting here is the watch can also work as a standalone phone with support for dual SIM, although you’ll have to depend on bluetooth earpieces to make and receive calls. We are however a bit curious on how is the overall calling experience. It was quite bad on Androidly which offered a similar functionality.
The watches features a 420mAh battery, which the company claims will provide three hours of talk time and up to two days of standby time. We are curious on how the battery will perform in real world scenarios.
Tech Specs: Besides this, Smart Pulse will feature a 1.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 240*320, FM Radio and a microSD slot with support for up to 8GB memory. Sadly however, it doesn’t support 3G yet and relies on 2G networks. Spice also offers changeable wristbands for the watch in red, green and blue along with the default black colour.
The company mentions that it will also provide two wristbands and a free Bluetooth headset with the device. Interestingly, the device is available exclusively on HomeShop18, instead of its own e-commerce portal Saholic, at market operative price of Rs 3,999. In comparison, the Samsung Gear Live was priced at Rs 15,900 while LG G watch was priced at Rs 14,999.
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