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  (Source: Qualcomm)
New smartwatch is a rare consume product for company who is best known for its mobile chipmaking

Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) today announced the availability of its Toq smartwatch computer, a device which competes with the $300 USD Galaxy Gear from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) and the $199 USD SmartWatch 2 from Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).

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 (GOOG) 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. (ETFC) 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".

Qualcomm Toq smart watch
Quacomm Toq [Image Source: AnandTech]

Qualcomm is 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.

Both Google and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) are rumored to have their own branded smartwatches under development (under the respective Nexus and Surface brands).

Source: Qualcomm [press release]



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RE: Zero Interest
By gookpwr on 11/18/2013 5:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to get this or the Google watch!!! I've been watching the Toq pretty closely and I personally think I can benefit a lot from it. Always on so its a cool watch, Compass when hiking, calender/to do list, heart rate monitor when lifting weights/running, can change songs without pulling out my phone when running or riding my crotch rocket, have an auto response to incoming texts when riding, and GPS on it would be cool too when I don't want to burn up my phone battery getting someplace, or there isn't anyplace to put my phone like on my bike. But hey that's just me. If you couldn't see yourself using it that's ok, just know there are people out there that will get a great deal of good use out of this. Especially since it lasts longer than a day.


RE: Zero Interest
By ritualm on 11/18/2013 7:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
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GPS on it would be cool too when I don't want to burn up my phone battery getting someplace

While your phone loses a lot of power to run that Bluetooth radio in order to maintain a connection with the watch. Brilliant thinking.

My biggest issues with this have to do with 1) first and foremost, battery life between charges, and 2) $350 asking price.


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