15 March 2018
The Android Wear smartwatches market is already filled with a lot of players comprising of both tech brands and conventional watchmakers. And at the current CES 2018 in Las Vegas, two new players Kate Spade and Skagen announced their arrival in the space of smartwatches running Android Wear.
Starting with the Kate Spade smartwatch, it is aimed at females as the brand describes it as "the feminine smartwatches are versatile, multi-functional and playfully sophisticated. The all-new touchscreen smartwatches build upon the existing kate spade new york wearables collection, which also includes hybrid smartwatches designed for women."
No official name has been announced for the smartwatch yet but it does sport a 1.19-inch AMOLED display with 390 x 390 pixels resolution and round dial. You will also find the signature scallop top-ring on the bezels of the smartwatch which the brand is referring as "distinctly kate spade new york look". It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with Bluetooth connectivity but no heart rate monitor. It runs Android Wear 2.0 and features Google Assistant to support all those tasks like getting notifications, checking the weather, asking questions, and playing music among other things.
Kate Spade mentioned that the smartwatch is currently available for preorders and sales will start next month. It can be ordered via online as well as offline stores.
As for the Skagen Folster smartwatch, it features a pretty minimal design and has a thickness to it. It is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset but there are no words on display size and panel type. It is worth mentioning that there is no NFC or heart rate sensor support on the smartwatch.