smartwatches

Garmin’s new solar-powered watches definitely aren’t for the budget shopper

Garmin’s new solar-powered watches definitely aren’t for the budget shopper

Just about a year ago, Garmin rolled out a solar-powered fenix 6X smartwatch - the first solar-powered watch it's ever released. The fenix 6X Pro Solar, as it's officially called, featured a special lens called "Power Glass" that would charge the watch when exposed to sunlight. Today, we're seeing Garmin bring its Power Glass to a range of new smartwatches, with wearables in the Instict, fenix 6, and tactix series all being outfitted with these solar charging capabilities.

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Galaxy Watch 3 strikes a pose as it passes by Taiwan’s NCC

Galaxy Watch 3 strikes a pose as it passes by Taiwan’s NCC

The date is set for Samsung's big event and while the Galaxy Note 20 is the obvious center of attraction, it is expected to be joined by no less than three other Galaxy devices. Whether that entourage includes a smartwatch, however, is still unknown but the Galaxy Watch 3 seems to be ready to jump into the spotlight at any moment. It has even stopped by NCC, Taiwan's FCC equivalent, long enough to give us a glimpse of at least one of two variants for the upcoming wearable.

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Galaxy Watch 3 firmware leak reveals features and watch faces

Galaxy Watch 3 firmware leak reveals features and watch faces

Even before the Galaxy Note 20 gets its time on the virtual stage, Samsung may announce its next wearable. Or maybe it won't and will lump it together in one grand Unpacked 2020. Whether it's within the next two weeks or next month, the Galaxy Watch 3 is all but known, partly because it won't be changing the formula that much. There will be some changes, of course, and we're getting to see some of those thanks to a dump of the firmware that will be running on the smartwatch.

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Galaxy Watch 3 release date, features, pricing and things you should know

Galaxy Watch 3 release date, features, pricing and things you should know

Countdown for the launch of Samsung’s next-generation smartwatch has officially started. After various rumors and countless back and forth, we have July 22 as the alleged release date; as it nears - we can expect more details of the watch to surface. From what we already know, courtesy some of the most credible speculations we have come across, the new smartwatch dubbed Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is going to be a worthy successor to the first generation Galaxy Watch.

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Snapdragon Wear 4100 promises more smartwatch speed and stamina

Snapdragon Wear 4100 promises more smartwatch speed and stamina

It’s been some time since we’ve seen Qualcomm upgrade its wearable silicon, but today, the company announced that it’s doing just that. Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon Wear 4100 series, which comprises the standard 4100 and the 4100+. Like the 3100 series that came before it, the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is built using Qualcomm’s “hybrid approach” that pairs a main SoC with an always-on co-processor.

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Polar Unite smart fitness watch will cost you around $150

Polar Unite smart fitness watch will cost you around $150

The smart fitness watch Polar Unite was revealed today with an essential set of features that allow it to be priced at approximately $150. This same brand has a device called Polar Grit X that goes all-out on features for approximately 430-Euro, down to the Polar Ignite, a device that'll cost just under 200-Euro. They've also got a Fitness Tracker device called Polar A370 that'll run you around $170-Euro - and the Polar M200, a "GPS Running Watch" that costs almost exactly the same amount of cash as the Polar Unite.

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OPPO Watch FCC sighting hints at US launch

OPPO Watch FCC sighting hints at US launch

OPPO made a big splash with its first smartwatch but not all for the right reasons. The OPPO Watch's rich set of features may have been overshadowed by discussions around its uncanny resemblance to the Apple Watch. That might not have been relevant for markets where Apple's products are eclipsed by its Chinese rivals but it will be a different matter entirely when, not if, the OPPO Watch becomes available in global markets, including and especially the US where the Apple Watch's design is pretty much an icon.

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Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ makes fitness smartwatch a little smoother

Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ makes fitness smartwatch a little smoother

Smartwatch maker Mobvoi has revealed a new model, with the TicWatch C2+ promising smoother performance as it focuses on fitness. The latest Wear OS by Google model from the company, it updates 2018's TicWatch C2 with double the memory, taking it to 1GB of RAM. That, Mobvoi promises, should make for a more responsive smartwatch day to day.

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Galaxy Watch 3 leaks again and now Samsung needs just one more thing

Galaxy Watch 3 leaks again and now Samsung needs just one more thing

The Galaxy Watch 3 may not be Samsung's most anticipated upcoming device - that distinction belongs to the next Galaxy Note - but the upcoming wearable has still been the subject of several leaks over the past few weeks. Today the watch is making yet another unofficial appearance ahead of its reveal, and though this leak doesn't tell us too much, it does show us what the watch's interface looks like.

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Apple Watch water ejection in slo-mo reveals genius design

Apple Watch water ejection in slo-mo reveals genius design

Because of their proximity to our bodies and their constant exposure to the outside world, smartwatches tend to risk getting wet, by accident or on purpose more than our smartphones. They are, thus, designed to be more rugged but, just like smartphones, they also do need some openings, for speakers, for example, without room for more conventional water-proofing methods. Apple's solution for its Apple Watch has always been to eject the water out of those holes. Someone has finally thought of filming that process in extreme slow motion to reveal just how well-thought the system is.

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This adhesive film for smartwatch can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat

This adhesive film for smartwatch can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat

We can thank Apple for bringing the medical and health-related functions of wearables to the forefront with its Apple Watch, which can detect heart arrhythmias in the latest version. Apple is also rumored to be adding new health features to future versions of its wearable. Researchers and other wearable device makers are also heading in that direction. Engineers at UCLA have designed a thin adhesive film that can turn a consumer-grade smartwatch into a health monitoring system.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 blood pressure feature finally rolls out in Korea

Galaxy Watch Active 2 blood pressure feature finally rolls out in Korea

It's really not surprising to see Samsung repeat itself when it comes to its health monitor features on its wearables. After all, gaining regulatory approval, even in just one country, is a huge victory when it comes to medical features. So when it repeatedly talks about its new blood pressure monitoring feature getting the green light and finally rolling out to users, it's definitely a big thing for the company. Especially when the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the first consumer smartwatch to even offer that much-coveted feature.

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