09 January 2019
Michael Kors introduced the Access Sophie and Grayson smartwatches powered by Google’s Android Wear 2.0 at the Baselworld earlier this year, in a move to make smart watches that speak of fashion and luxury. While the Sofie was targeted for fashionable women offering eight plating & bracelet combinations in addition to seven watch bands, the Grayson was pushed for men in four variants with four different watch band options as well.
Both watches are run on Google’s latest Android Wear 2.0 and are powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. Since the watches are targeted more towards fashion, none of these are equipped with a heart rate sensor, LTE support or an NFC chip for contactless payments, though the price tag does earn the device IP67 certification which makes it resistant to water and dust to a certain limit.
The Sofie packs in a 1.19-inch 390 x 390 display which is tagged alongside a button for all actions and is powered by a 300mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Grayson has a 1.39-inch 454 x 454 display panel housed in an all-metal case that is available in stainless steel, gold, blue and black-ion platted variants. The Grayson is also equipped with a rotating dial that would help users scroll through menus.
Michael Kors has now made the Access Sofie and Grayson available for a starting price of $350. Though silver variants of the Sofie is expected to be out for $395, the other Gold, Sable, Rose Gold and regular silver variants are all available for the base price. Even so, all Grayson variants would cost as much as $350 and are already available as we speak.