The Alcatel company has surprised at the IFA event in Berlin for consumer electronics with a new smart watch. A curious device that draws attention both in form and content, although moving away from the functionalities of other watches on the market. Firstly, because it does not have the Android Wear operating system , and secondly, because it has a limited number of functionalities . Issues such as measuring the heart rate and displaying basic terminal notifications. Of course, all this on a case that reminds of the classic Casio G-Shock and that makes it resistant to water and dust with IP67 certification . It is also compatible with both mobileAndroid as with iPhone , and its battery allows you to use it between two and five days without having to charge it . We discuss it in detail below.
Design and display
The Alcatel Onetouch Go Watch is really eye-catching from the start. And it is that it breaks with what has been seen to date in terms of smartwatches , leaving aside the refinement and the elegant to lend itself to the functional. Its dial is circular , but it is covered with a bulky plastic casing that is very reminiscent of Casio off-road watches of some time ago. All it designed to accommodate a port MicroUSB with which to charge your battery , as well as to introduce all its functions as the reader heartbeat. A curious aspect that focuses especially on the sports field. Even more so taking into account its IP67 certification that protects it from dust and water, being able to use it in any condition since it also offers some resistance to shocks . All in a body diameter of 50.5 mm and a thickness of 13 mm . Their belts have a width of 22 mm .
Its straps deserve special mention. Not for having any functionality, but for betting on customization. Thus, following the patterns and designs already seen with the Alcatel Onetouch Go Play mobile with which this watch was presented, the straps are easily interchangeable , being able to choose between eight different colors . You can also customize the front cover , thus being able to combine both elements to match the style or taste of the user.
Regarding the display, must speak of a panel IPS circular 1.22 inches in diameter capable of displaying images at a maximum resolution of 240 x 240 pixels . Qualities that give it a density of 278 pixels per inch . Data that match other smart watches on the market, being able to show images of a certain quality on its small screen without too much visual display. Of course, its format is not completely circular, finding an arch at the bottom that is hidden from view . What is known as "flat tire" after its introduction by the Motorola Moto 360 .
Power and memory
Under the hood of this Alcatel Onetouch Go Watch we find an STM429 processor , already common in sports and wearable devices or that are dressed by the company. Enough to move its own proprietary operating system, since it does not have Android Wear , Tizen or Watch OS . Of course, the processing power of this chip is unknown, although it is to be expected that, dedicated to its own operating system, it will be efficient and effective. Nor is it known the memory that accompanies this processor to carry out the functions with which this Go Watch is loaded , nor if there is any storage space for data.
Operating system and applications
This is one of the controversial points of the Alcatel Onetoch Go Watch . On the one hand, it has its own operating system that offers somewhat more dedicated and exclusive functions, although somewhat more limited than the rest of the current smartwatches on the market. On the other hand, and despite the choice of Alcatel's own operating system , they have managed to make it compatible with Android and iPhone mobiles , so anyone can use it. Of course, at the time of presentation, the basic functions are limited to measuring the user's pulse , giving the time , receiving notificationsabout messages, calls and emails, to display the weather forecast, to serve as a remote trigger for the phone's camera, and to serve as a stopwatch . It remains to be seen if Alcatel continues to develop this platform to introduce new applications and utilities.
Note the function of the emotion meter . An application included in this watch that allows measuring different parameters of the user to establish their current mood or emotional state. Just press the Go button at the bottom (between the strap and the screen) for the heart rate reader to activate . It also activates other sensors such as motion sensors , trying to capture the situation, agitation or moment the user is going through and establishing a specific mood . Something that can create a diary of emotional states with little rigor , but focused on fun . And is that this function allowsshare the result through social networks or create a wallpaper for the clock itself with the resulting graph.
Connectivity and autonomy
The Alcatel Onetouch Go Watch is also not surprising in the connectivity section, and it is that it depends on a mobile to carry out its functions. For this, it has a connection via Bluetooth 4.0 .
Apart from this, it has a port MicroUSB 2.0 to recharge your battery as well as a lot of motion sensors: gyroscope, accelerometer, compass and altimeter . It also has a heart rate reader and a vibration motor to notify you of any new notification.
Regarding its autonomy, this smartwatch ensures to keep the type for two to five days without having to connect it to the power. For this, it has a 225 mAh battery , which can be charged to one hundred percent in about an hour.
Availability and opinions
At the moment Alcatel has only presented this smartwatch without confirming the date or sale price, although everything suggests that it will have a fairly tight price.
In short, Alcatel is committed to an off-road watch but quite limited in its functionalities. Something that, together with its anti-shock and colorful design, seems aimed at the younger audience . A terminal capable of measuring the user's pulse with a fun application but not very effective in terms of real quantification . Of course, serving as a second screen to know all kinds of notifications that arrive at the terminal, but from the comfort of the wrist. In addition, it should be noted that its design makes it suitable for sports, resisting water, dust and also shocks .
Alcatel Onetouch Go Watch
|Model||Alcatel Onetouch Go Watch|
|Resolution||240 x 240 pixels|
|Dimensions||50.5 millimeters in diameter by 13 millimeters thick|
|Colors||white, blue, orange, pink, green and cyan|
|Waterproof||Yes / IP67|
|Formats||MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG|
|Extra applications||Emotion meter|
Heart rate meter
|Graphics processor (GPU)||-|
|Audio||MP3 / AAC / AAC + / eAAC +|
Heart rate meter
|Duration in use||Two and five days|
|Release date||To confirm|