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CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm has thrown its hat into the smartwatch ring with the announcement of its Toq smartwatch.
Toq, which we understand is pronounced "talk" as opposed to "tock", which is a noise that clocks make, is Qualcomm branded and will go on sale sometime this year.
Qualcomm, which must deal with rival watches from firms including Samsung, Sony and Apple, is using compelling words like "seamless" to introduce its bridge between your wrist and your pocket.
"Toq's always on, always connected, always visible wearable technology gives you a 'Digital 6th Sense,' telling you what you need to know, when you need to know it, with just a glance at your wrist or a whisper in your ear. Toq is a showcase for the benefits of the Mirasol display, Wipower LE and stereo Bluetooth technologies and highlights the experience that the wearable category can provide," said Dr Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.
"Toq not only represents a long history of technological innovation for Qualcomm, but it also demonstrates our commitment to delivering the breakthrough technologies that redefine the ways we interact with each other and the world around us."
Qualcomm enthused about its features, saying that it has a long battery life measured in days and hooks up to a smartphone with ease. Its second screen features will let users look at messages, reminders and other notifications that otherwise end up in their pockets. Charging is done wirelessly through a dock.
A "Premium Audio Edition" is pitched at people that like wireless headsets and handsfree calls.
At launch, the Toq smartwatch will be compatible with Android 4.0.3 and above. Pricing has not been revealed yet. µ
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