Apple, Fitbit, Fossil and more – smartwatches coming soon
We’re set to see a big end-of-year for smartwatches, and things are seriously hotting up. Not only are we preparing for an influx of Android Wear 2.0 devices from Fossil Group, but we’ve now also seen Apple, Fitbit and Samsung reveal their latest wares ahead of a release before Christmas.
We’ve updated our list of the smartwatches that are prime to land this year, along with details of when we can expect to be wearing them. Read on for the state of smartwatch play for the rest of 2017.
Apple Watch Series 3 – ETA: September 2017
After a flurry of leaks just before its September event, little surprises were left for Tim Cook to reveal on stage regarding the Apple Watch Series 3.
The big addition here, though, is the on board LTE, meaning users can finally untether from their iPhone. For those interested, making calls, receiving messages and running apps without a smartphone nearby is now a possibility.
The Series 3 is also essentially the same size as Series 2, but housed inside is a fresh processor that the Cupertino company says will be faster and more power efficient. As always, Apple was vague on specifics regarding battery during its announcement, but you can expect more info when the device officially drops on 22 September. Until then, dive into our hands-on Apple Watch Series 3 review.
Fitbit Ionic – ETA: October 2017
The Fitbit Ionic is official, and will land in October 2017 – ready for the Christmas rush. Packed with GPS, advanced heart rate tech and skills like notifications, apps and mobile payments, the Fitbit Ionic is set to go up against the Apple Watch as a fitness forward smartwatch.
Check out Fitbit Ionic first look review for a full run-down on the features – and what you can expect from Fitbit’s first smartwatch.
Samsung Gear Sport – ETA: Late 2017
For some time we were expecting the Samsung Gear S4 to land at IFA in Berlin, though the Korean giant instead chose to roll with the Samsung Gear Sport moniker to succeed the Gear S3.
The latter was in our highly commended offering in our best smartwatches 2017 guide though we’re still bitter about the chunkiness. And after seeing the Gear Sport up close, we’re pleased to see the device go back to a design more in line with the Gear S2.
Samsung still isn’t offering an official release date for the new smartwatch, which packs new features like swim tracking and offline Spotify playback, but, if last year is anything to go by, this could be as late as November. Get a better look at the upcoming device through our Samsung Gear Sport review.
Emporio Armani Connected – ETA: September 2017
After Fossil launched it’s first Armani hybrid watches in 2016, it’s now giving the designer brand an Android Wear makeover with the Armani Connected collection.
Bearing a strong resemblance to last year’s connected timepieces, the iOS and Android-friendly Connected features a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, a high resolution AMOLED touchscreen display and will also bring branded micro-apps to the table.
The collection is to be available from 14 September in a host of different finishes and with interchangeable straps, with the leather versions available for $345 and the bracelet versions for $395.
Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist – ETA: September 2017
Fossil Group is going big on smartwatches this year and is sticking with Android Wear for the Q Venture and Q Explorist.
The pair are Fossil’s slimmest smartwatches to date – there are no specifics but they will certainly be slimmer than the 13.5mm Q Wander – yet they don’t hold back on features. Screen tech looks to have been upgraded to lose the flat-tyre at the bottom, while the watches also boast AMOLED screens to show off “millions” of branded dials, according to Fossil. The pair will be available from 24 September.
Misfit Vapor – ETA: October 2017
After launching the Misfit Phase hybrid smartwatch, the Fossil-owned company turned its attention to a genuine Apple Watch and Samsung Gear rival with the Vapor.
The circular smartwatch features a vibrant 1.39-inch OLED display with a barely visible touch bezel to navigate Android Wear 2.0. There’s an optical heart rate monitor and it’s waterproof so you can take it for a dip in the pool – although the company has confirmed it will be dropping built-in GPSand sleep tracking.
Misfit was also all set to debut a proprietary operating system with the Vapor, but it instead chose to join the herds turning to Google’s Android Wear.
Have a read of our Misfit Vapor hands on review to see what we make of the sporty smartwatch so far. It’s due for release in October so look out for a review soon.
Tag Heuer Connected Modular 39 – ETA: October 2017
Tag once again teamed up with the folks at Intel and Google to make its Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45. Unfortunately, there’s only one model, aimed at men, right now. But that is going to change.
Women will have to wait all the way until October for the 39mm Connected Modular. We don’t yet know what kind of pricing we can expect for the 39mm, but the 45mm is priced at $1,650. Here’s hoping it doesn’t miss out on the waterproof design, NFC support and built-in GPS featured on the current Modular smartwatch.
Movado/Hugo Boss/Tommy Hilfiger – ETA: Late 2017
Movado Group announced a trio of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches earlier this year, including its own model, a Hugo Boss and a Tommy Hilfiger.
The Connect will be Movado’s flagship, featuring watch faces inspired by the watchmaker’s iconic Museum Dial design and support for Android Pay. It’ll launch in US, UK, Canada and Caribbean for $495.
The strangely named TH24/7You is Tommy Hilfiger’s entrance into the Android Wear game. There’s no heart rate monitoring, NFC or GPS though. Instead, it’s just Android Wear in a stainless steel case. For $299, to boot.
And then there’s the more business-like and classy Hugo Boss Touch, which does come with Android Pay support. It’s a little hefty in size. Oh, it also sports a $395 price tag. We still don’t have a firm release but we’d expect them to go on sale by the holidays.
Guess/Gc Connect – ETA: Holiday 2017
Guess and its high-end line Gc will both join the Android Wear party but are taking slightly different design approaches to house Google’s smartwatch operating system. While Guess went for variety and loud styles, Gc will play it a little more safe.
Both Connect devices run Android Wear 2.0, but how they run it is the real story. Guess has loud, customizable watch faces. It has a variety of styles you can mix and match. Gc, again, went in the opposite direction. Everything is a little more classy, a little more subdued.
The Guess Connect will launch later this year starting at $300. We don’t know how much the Gc Connect, which also launches later this year, will be priced at, but we can certainly expect it to be more than $300.
Swarovoski Android Wear – ETA: 2017
We were all set to see an Android Wear smartwatch for women this year at after Qualcomm announced it’ll be powering a Swarovski smartwatch. But that wasn’t to be as Swarovski announced it wasn’t ready to debut its “smart device initiative”. The company was keen to make sure you didn’t think it was Qualcomm or Google’s fault. It just doesn’t think it’s ready for primetime yet.
The cut crystal specialist is no stranger to the world of wearables, having already partnered with Misfit for the Swarovski Shine fitness tracker and teamed up with Samsung, Polar and Huawei in the past for special editions of its wearables.
We have no idea what the Swarovski Android Wear smartwatch is going to look like, and now we don’t really know when we can expect it. Hopefully we’ll get an update before the end of 2017.