To hear watch without the word smart in front of it will quickly be a sign of a treasure description. Even high-end watch brand names have actually welcomed smartwatches with some amazing announcements having already been made this year and more set to come.
In 2015, we saw Apple finally take the plunge into the smartwatch market, Pebble struck us with not one however 3 brand-new smartwatches in one year alone, and LG dive even further into the pool with yet another smarter offering. So what else do we need to look forward to? Well, there are lots of devices delegated watch out for.
It seems 2015 was the year of smart wrist accessory and opportunities are, 2016 will continue the trend, so here are all the very best smartwatches to look forward to in 2016. We have actually included devices that have been revealed but are not yet readily available to buy, along with a couple of rumored timepieces for good step.
Samsung Gear S3
It resembles Samsung is working on a follower to the Gear S2 smartwatch, which debuted at IFA 2015 in Berlin.
The rumours are currently scarce, however based on a current leakage, the device is being codenamed Solis and it obviously runs Tizen. Overexposed images that appeared on Twitter reveal a metal bracelet and a fluted bezel but it’s been claimed a high-end version remains in the making too.
The Samsung Gear S3 is anticipated to launch at IFA 2016 however nothing has actually been verified yet.
Pebble Core, Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2
Pebble announced the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 at the beginning of June, changing the original Pebble and Pebble Time smartwatches.
The Pebble 2 adds a ARM Cortex M4 processor, approximately a seven-day battery life and offers waterproofing as much as 30-metres. The most interesting new feature is the integrated optical heart rate monitor nevertheless. The Pebble Time 2 also has the integrated optical heart-rate display, along with the choice of a gold finish and a 10-day battery life.
You can get your hands on a Pebble 2 or Pebble Time 2 through Kickstarter at first, with beginning costs on the crowd-funding website beginning at $99 (₤ 67) and $169 (₤ 115) respectively. Full retail price is estimated at $129 and $199 respectively. The Pebble 2 will begin to ship in September, while the Pebble Time 2 will deliver from November. Both devices will be readily available on Pebble.com and from other sellers from early 2017.
Hublot could be the next LVMH brand name to introduce a smartwatch, according to a Bloomberg interview with Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and Hublot. Although details were thin on the ground, Biver said a Hublot smartwatch would feature sports-related functions.
It is not clear whether Hublot will follow the same course as the TAG Heuer Linked by selecting Android Wear as the platform, but it’s expected to show up in 2017 or 2018.
Thinking about how well the TAG Heuer Connected is reported to be doing, it is not surprising to see other brand names within the parent business desiring a slice of the pie. We will keep you updated as we hear more.
TAG Heuer Connected 2
The initial TAG Heuer Linked smartwatch was teased at Baselworld 2015, followed by an appropriate launch at the end of in 2014. It may have been the very first smartwatch from the company, however it will not be the last it appears.
CEO Jean-Claude Biver not only revealed sister-company Hublot would be releasing a smartwatch eventually in the future, however he also told Reuters at Baselworld 2016 that TAG Heuer had “totally underestimated demand” for the Linked watch.
Having currently sold 20,000 of the $1500 Android Wear smartwatch, a further 60,000 are anticipated to be offered in 2016 and a new model will obviously debut in 2017. Biver told Reuters that because of the success of the initial, the business is considering a new collection for next year with 6 to 8 models.
Nixon has actually revealed the Mission Android Use smartwatch offering waterproofing approximately 10ATM, which is the equivalent of 100 metres. The watch includes a couple of pre-loaded apps particularly for internet users and snowboarders, or skiers, that offer live information on climate condition around the globe.
The Mission has a round AMOLED display surrounded by a stainless-steel bezel and included in a polycarbonate and stainless steel shell with a silicone wristband. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and it will offer the standard Android Wear functions.
The Nixon Mission all be offered in Fall but rates has yet to be announced.
Fossil has said it will be releasing more than 100 linked devices in 2016, 2 of which will can be found in the type of the Q Wander and Q Marshal. The company revealed its first Android Use smartwatch in 2014 with the Q Founder and these two brand-new devices will join it.
The Wander includes a 44mm gold case with interchangeable leather straps, while the Marshal has a 46mm “rugged” case with a navy blue surface and vintage-looking leather straps. Both devices offer circular, always-on touchscreen display screens and capability is the same, indicating you can anticipate similar functions to the Q Founder and most Android Use watches.
Fossil said the new watches cost $275 each and included a wireless charger. There will likewise be a collection of analogue watches including the Q Crewmaster, Q Gazer, Q Nate and Q Tailor, which continue the journey of the Q54 Pilot and Q Grant models. They have some smart tech in them, which you can check out all about in our impressions.
Michael Kors Access Collection
As we pointed out above, the Fossil Group is intending on introducing 100 wearables by the end of 2016. These will come originated from eight brand names, consisting of Fossil, Kate Spade New York, Misfit and Michael Kors.
The Michael Kors Access collection will include 2 Android Use watches, created to provide a “stylish, even attractive design”. The two watches, among which has a gold sparkly case, while the other is a black, sportier design, will feature exclusive faces and interchangeable wristbands.
They will cost $395 each and they will be offered through the Michael Kors stores. Details are still a little thin on the ground but it is believed they will not be offered up until Fall.
Samsung Gear S2 by de Grisogono
Samsung coordinated with de Grisogono at Baselworld 2016 to reveal a high-end design of the Gear S2. It includes 56 white diamonds, making up 1.2 carats around the bezel of the circular face, as well as rose gold edging.
If that wasn’t enough, there are also 71 black diamonds, making up an additional 1.8 carats. The strap is black and studded with galuchat, a surface that is trademark to de Grisogono.
In other places, the same Gear S2 specifications remain with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, a 250mAh battery and a heart rate display. This luxury model will also have distinct faces and a huge price at some time this summertime.
Tissot used Baselworld 2016 to reveal its Smart-Touch smartwatch. The device is a watch first however delivers a variety of functions beyond the present T-Touch offering.
The design is based upon the T-Touch Solar models, featuring a titanium case, ceramic bezel and sapphire crystal face with quartz motion inside. The battery can be charged by the sun and it features functions consisting of a timer, alarms, compass, barometer and temperature.
When connected to your smartphone, the Smart-Touch will all you to sync the time, get weather updates, modification settings and share experiences with friends. There are also connected devices, including a Find-It tag to assist you monitor other items and a weather station that can give you humidity, air quality and temperature level readings.
The Tissot Smart-Touch smartwatch must be readily available late-2016 for around CHF1000, which is roughly ₤ 710.
HTC One smartwatch
Rumours that HTC is making a smartwatch have been circulating for some time now. In 2014, it was thought the Taiwanese company would introduce the Petra smartwatch at Mobile World Congress, but absolutely nothing ever appeared. The reports then recommended the design was being changed to a round model that would apparently appear in 2016.
Since then, serial leaker Evan Blass has shared on Twitter that the HTC smartwatch “must be out mid-April”, suggesting it might release with the next flagship – the M10. That of course didn’t happen so we are still waiting.
Apple Watch 2
Apple announced the Apple Watch in September of 2014, launching it for sale in April of 2015 but reports have actually already started distributing for a second generation of the iOS-specific smartwatch.
The Apple Watch 2, as we are calling it for now, was originally reported to be revealed at an event on 21 March, with recommendations it would go on sale in June 2016, or the second quarter of 2016. Without any indication of it at that occasion or the more current WWDC, it looks like we could be waiting till September 2016.
It will obviously include the same design as the initial with the same rectangular screen size options, screen resolutions, and body, which might imply current straps might remain compatible. Word has it brand-new products might come for the second generation nevertheless, and it is believed it will likewise sport a front-facing camera (situated near the top of the display) that will permit correct FaceTime calls. Improved cordless capabilities have actually also been promoted.
Guess announced the Guess Connect smartwatch last year at CES. It looked like the conventional Guess Rigor watch but added a notice bar at the bottom of the face, powered by Martian. The business revealed there would be numerous new designs of the Guess Connect stand for 2016, consisting of a leopard print design and a new, smarter choice.
In addition to the brand-new colours and styles of the initial Guess Connect however, the company is also considering to introduce a completely new design, which will once again be powered by Martian. The new watch will focus more on appearing like a normal watch, including just an LED notifier light within the watch housing rather. There are a lot of styles including the new model arriving in November.
LG Watch Urbane 2
LG’s second generation of its Watch Urbane offers a full variety of cordless connections, consisting of 4G and 3G meaning it will have the ability to make and get calls, running individually of your connected smartphone.
The LG Watch Urbane 2 expands the P-OLED display to 1.38-inches, 348ppi, and is powered by the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, with 768MB RAM. There’s 4GB of internal storage, must you want to keep your music offline, and GPS for tracking your runs and so on.
The LG Watch Urbane second edition will be compatible with Android and iOS devices and it will be readily available in Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White and Trademark Brown, which refers to the strap colour alternatives.
LG released the watch before pulling it nearly right away after concerns with the display. It has now been confirmed the Watch Urbane 2 hasn’t been cancelled and will make a reappearance in the 2nd half of 2016 so eyes peeled for this one.
White-good producer Haier announced its move into wearables at Mobile World Congress 2016 with the Haier Watch that sports full-blown Android 6.0 Marshmallow instead of Android Wear.
The Haier Watch has several watch deals with and sports Bluetooth 4.0, 8GB of storage and a 1.4-inch display with a 400 x 400 resolution and no flat tire. The 42mm housing is developed from 316L stainless-steel and it features an integrated speaker, along with the capability to be utilized as an MP3 player. There is likewise a microphone on board.
Additionally, the Haier Watch has heart rate tracking, activity tracking and it is IP65 water resistant. It was claimed to be offered in April and prices is anticipated to be around EUR200 but absolutely nothing has actually looked like yet.
It looks like Samsung might be dealing with its next-generation activity tracker if images revealed by Tizen Cafe and later on republished by Sammobile are anything to pass. The device is stated to be passing the name of Triathlon internally but understood by the design number SM-R150 and it appears to look similar to the Gear S2 with a round face and rotating bezel.
Based on the leaked images, it appears like the SM-R150 will feature a heart-rate sensing unit, something to count exercise repetitions, a method to track water consumption and some type of body fat measurement capability. There also appears to be a method to connect the device to your chest.
Martian Kindred vip
Martian Watches announced the Kindred vip watch at CES 2016, featuring a 38mm face set in a stainless-steel case that is available in a range of colours. There are two collections – CL and SP – with the former developed for smart events and the latter for the more athletic-minded obviously.
Both collections have a LED light for alerts and a vibration motor. Through the Martian Smart mVip app, you can set 7 lights and different vibration patterns to help you distinguish between notices. 2 batteries are on board, one for the analogue movement and one for the smarts. The Martian Kindred vip launches in August 2016 with a beginning rate of $195.
Movado Bold Motion
HP has actually revealed a partnership with watchmaker Movado to produce their very first smartwatch called Bold Motion. Movado is bringing the style and analogue design while HP is offering the tech smarts.
Bold Motion will be a 44mm stainless-steel device with a black PVD completed bezel that features a round-faced with one button and a crown dial. The watch will be waterproof up to 50 metres, which the black silicone strap will likewise deal with without a problem.
Inside the smartwatch, HP has actually crammed in its own software and hardware and the Bold Motion will work with iOS and Android mobile phones for alerts. On top of the usual watch functions such as time and date, there are vibrating notifications for calls, emails, texts and social media updates, along with calendar appointments. The watch will likewise instantly adjust to brand-new time zones and serve as an activity tracker.
The HP Movado Bold Motion will cost $795 and arrive in time for Christmas.
Blocks, a modular smartwatch, is nearing the final stages of its Kickstarter campaign so we can expect the device to appear in the very first half of 2016. Although the design still hasn’t reached last stage, the current version is much more market prepared than previous we have actually seen.
The company is dealing with Compal to produce the modular watch, which will feature a streamlined round finish and single button. Thanks to reaching two Kickstarter goals, it will be offering Gorilla Glass defense and an AMOLED display instead of TFT.
The clasp has been revamped, with the last design set to feature a pop and clip clasp that permits it to be resized to fit any wearer’s wrist. There will also be a bespoke OS on board that will introduce with around 20 Blocks apps, along with more from partners.
Under the hood, it needs to provide the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 400mAh battery, an accelerometer and gyroscopic sensing units for motion detection. Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, haptic feedback and voice controls will also be onboard. Unlike other watches, the modules will enable upgrades to the fundamental design.
The very first Blocks smartwatch systems will begin delivering in May 2016. There are alternatives to purchase alone or with module devices as part of a bundle and rates begins at $195 on Kickstarter.
Sony revealed the Wena smartwatch in the added to IFA under its First Flight crowdfunding platform, which becomes part of the Seed Acceleration Program that includes other products such as last-years FES Watch.
The Sony Wena approaches things a little in a different way to the current smartwatch offering, incorporating the smart features into the metal bracelet rather than the watch face. It looks every bit like a traditional analogue watch, however the Sony Wena smartwatch has three functions.
It monitors activity through a range of sensors, provides notices through a customisable seven-colour LED light and vibrations, and it can carry out e-payments thanks to an NFC chip. The Sony Wena smartwatch went on sale in Japan in March 2016, but there is currently no confirmation for the rest of the world.
Gucci and will.i.am smartband
Gucci and will.i.am teamed up to announce a fashion smartband at Baselworld 2015, which has actually remained in the making since 2011. The smartband is a standalone device, like will.i.am’s Puls that was announced a few months prior to and the Gucci offering seems a stylish version of it.
It is 3G allowed, voice controlled and it will include a front-facing electronic camera, together with a heart rate screen, temperature level sensing unit and GPS. Battery life wasn’t mentioned but if it follows the very same course as the Puls, it might be developed into the strap.
The Gucci will.i.am smartband will have the ability to make and receive calls, texts and emails, along with store music, maps, calendars and track your activity. No pricing or release date info has been provided yet however we will upgrade this feature when we understand more.
Bulgari Diagono Magnesium
The Bulgari Diagono Magnesium concept was exposed at Baselworld 2015 and it is asserted to be a luxury wrist watch “entirely opposite” from other “so-called” linked watches. The company states it is 100 percent Swiss and NFC-enabled.
The Diagono Magnesium was referred to as a self-winding, mechanical watch that apparently works with a safeguarded electronic passport called Luxury Wrist Vault. The passport app is stated to have a range of possibilities consisting of making payments, logging in safely to a digital neighborhood, opening doors and starting your automobile engine.
Prices, specs and a release date have yet to be detailed so whether we will see it this year or not is still to be verified.
New Balance smartwatch
Sports business New Balance has actually created a Digital Sport division that will be focusing on devices and ingrained technology. The first item will be an Android Use smartwatch however information are thin on the ground at the moment.
It has actually been stated that the New Balance smartwatch enable runners to track routes with GPS as well as run with music without needing the aid of an accompanying smartphone but that’s pretty much all we understand at the moment. New Balance has said the smartwatch will be releasing by the end of 2016, so we might be waiting a while.