Quick Note: Qualcomm Toq Ships on Cyber Monday (Dec. 2), Priced at $349.99
November 18, 2013 4:27 PM
New smartwatch is a rare consume product for company who is best known for its mobile chipmaking
Qualcomm, Inc. (
announced the availability
Toq smartwatch computer
, a device which competes with the
$300 USD Galaxy Gear
from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
the $199 USD
from Sony Corp. (
Priced at $349.99 USD, the Toq is the priciest of the high profile smartwatch offerings. Powered by a special version of Google Inc.'s (
) Android operating system, Toq does have some unique perks, such as the low power color E-INK-like Mirasol display, a proprietary technology developed at Qualcomm and inspired by butterfly wings. It also features wireless charging. Basic included apps include an Accuweather Android weather forecast app, an optimized version of the Android E Trade Financial Corp. (
) app, a messaging app, and a phone answering app (in case you want to talk into your watch).
The device launches on Dec. 2 -- a wild day of online shopping commonly known as "Cyber Monday".
Quacomm Toq [Image Source: AnandTech]
best known for its Snapdragon family of mobile chips
, which are a popular third party solution for tablets and smartphones. While Samsung does produce reference platforms for OEMs integrating these chips, it has rarely actually released a device to the consumer market, making Toq a rather interesting oddball product to watch.
and Microsoft Corp. (
rumored to have their own branded smartwatches
under development (under the respective Nexus and Surface brands).
Qualcomm [press release]
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