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Archos to unveil sub-£50 smartwatch with iOS and Android compatibility at CES

Alongside fitness tracker and connected scales
Thu Jan 02 2014, 13:22
The Pebble smartwatch allows users to customise its watch faces

BUDGET TABLET MAKER Archos has revealed that it will launch a Smartwatch compatible with iOS and Android devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

Clearly not keeping one for keeping its plans a secret, Archos put out a press release detailing all we can expect from it at next week's consumer technology show.

Perhaps most interestingly, Archos has said that it will launch a "selection of smartwatches" that will retail for "less than £50". It said that despite the cheap price, the smartwatches will be compatible with iOS and Android, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Gear that retails for £200 more and works only with a handful of Samsungbranded handsets.

The firm also said that the watch(s) will have a Pebble Smartwatch-like design featuring a black and white e-ink screen.

Archos CEO Loic Poirier said, "Mobile devices have become the center of our life and our demand for instant access to information creates the need for even more interconnectivity.

"Archos' new lineup of connected objects exemplifies the ability to share and access information and represents our vision of creating a universe where all devices complement and work together."

A smartwatch isn't all Archos has got up its sleeve. The firm also said that it will unveil an Activity Tracker, Blood Pressure Monitor and Connected Scale at CES next week, along with a custom health and fitness tracking software application.

The INQUIRER will be at CES next week, so check back then for all the latest. µ


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