Better than Samsung’s, because it has an always-on display:
The watch, which is pronounced “talk” and is expected to sell for
around $300, uses Qualcomm’s Mirasol display — a screen
technology that combines the long battery life of E-Ink-style
displays with color and other features usually found on an LCD
display. It also packs Qualcomm-backed WiPower LE wireless
charging, and connects to an Android phone via Bluetooth.
But it’s not even a serious consumer product:
“We expect to make tens of thousands of these, not hundreds of
thousands,” Qualcomm executive Rob Chandhok said in an interview.
“A success, for us, looks like our partners picking up and running
with this. Qualcomm isn’t turning into a consumer electronics
Bottom line: if your “smartwatch” is no more elegant than a previous-generation iPod Nano snapped onto a watchband, don’t even bother.
★ Wednesday, 4 September 2013