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Alcatel Announces Affordable Smartwatch


I fully believe that smartwatches are the future of the mobile market and while normally smartwatches aren’t something that I would cover on this blog (as they aren’t exactly prepaid), I can’t help but be excited about this one. Unlike its more expensive cousins, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch seems like the sort of thing that just about anyone–especially prepaid customers–would and could use.

At the CES Conference today, Alcatel announced their first smartwatch, referred to as the Alcatel OneTouch Watch, or just “Watch.” As you could expect from Alcatel, this smartwatch isn’t quite as capable or as smart as its more expensive cousins like the Moto 360 or the LG G watch, but it is priced far more affordably at $149 and, almost as importantly, the watch is designed to sync with Android and iOS devices.

The Watch is set up to be used as a fitness tracker with a built-in gyroscope, heart rate monitor, altimeter, accelerometer and e-compass to track distance traveled, steps taken, sleep cycles, calories burned, etc. It is water proof up to 1 meter (3 feet), can receive incoming messages and notifications and can remotely control music and such.

The smartwatch is expected to be released later this year. For more information, you can check out Alcatel’s website.