IFA 2014: What to Expect in Terms of Smartwatches
We expect a lot of intelligent wearable devices to make an appearance at the event
One of the year’s biggest Consumer Electronics Shows will soon start in Berlin and we have a feeling this year’s edition will be highly focused on – you guessed it – wearables (smartwatches, to be more exact).So as we wait on IFA to open its gates and let curious onlookers in, we thought we did a roundup of all the smartwatches expected to grace us with their presence at the event.
Motorola Moto 360
Ever since Google announced its Android Wear platform, we've been teased with the gorgeous, circular Moto 360.
But contrary to popular expectations, Motorola delayed the official announcement of the product until IFA 2014, where it's going to present the device alongside the Moto X smartphone.
LG G Watch R
The Korean company surprised us a few days ahead of IFA when it officially announced its next-gen smartwatch through a press release.
For some mysterious reason, the device maker was in a hurry to roll it out and Samsung followed suit as well.
LG was probably hoping to steal some of the spotlight from Motorola, as the new G Watch R will be in direct competition with the Moto 360.
That’s because, this is the company’s first round smartwatch, which is touted as being the world’s first to arrive with a Plastic OLED (or P-OLED) display.
While it takes advantage of the same Android Wear platform, the intelligent timepiece seems to be an improvement from the 2-month-old LG G Watch.
The wearable is also offered with an interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap, which makes the device look and feel more fashionable.
Samsung Gear S
The Korean tech giant is going to have a busy next few days. In Berlin, we’re going to see the device maker pull the wraps off the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.
But Sammy already announced its next-gen smartwatch – the Gear S which will most likely be put on display in Berlin. The device comes equipped with 3G, so customers will be able to place phone calls from their wrist.
Quite interesting to note is the fact that Samsung went back to Tizen with this product, but it remains to be seen if the watch will measure up to the other newcomers.
Sony SmartWatch 3
A recent report says Sony will be jumping on the Android Wear bandwagon at IFA 2014 too. This is a bit of a surprise, especially since at some point in the past, Sony said it was going to continue focusing on using their own platform.
The company will also unveil the SmartBand Talk intelligent bracelet at the event, as well.
Last but not least comes ASUS, which to our minds seems the most interesting smartwatch to keep an eye out for.
The timepiece will be called the ZenWatch and is rumored to come with a couple of interesting features, like gestures control.
Recently, we received confirmation that the watch will run Android Wear and will be marketed for a sub-$200 / €152 price-tag.