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PHOTOVIEW: Omate TrueSmart (Extreme) Android 4.2.2 Smartwatch 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 01.03.14 - 19:32:57 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 26799x
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The Omate TrueSmart is a smartwatch, which has been funded by crowd funding platform Kickstarter. It's one of the first and few smartwatches which doesn't act as a companion-watch to a smartphone only but is instead running a full version of Android 4.2.2 (AOSP) with Omate UI 2.0 on top. Being a mobile phone by itself, it also allows to make calls, as well as it is data enabled. It's powered by a MediaTek dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU at 1.0 MHz and either comes with 512 MB or 1 GB (Extreme Edition) of RAM and 4 GB or 8 GB (Extreme Edition) of flash memory which can be expanded through a microSD memory card. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSPA+ at either 1900 MHz (US) or 2100 MHz (Europe).

Furthermore, the Omate TrueSmart supports Bluetooth 4.0 as well as WiFi b/g/n at 2.4 GHz. The 1.54" sapphire crystal glass protected TFT IPS multi-touch capacitive touchscreen has a resolution of 240 × 240 pixel 1.54". The 3 megapixel camera, which is located on the right between the two hardware buttons, allows to record 720p videos. Since the TrueSmart is a fully fledged smartphone, it has a audio speaker as well as a microphone.

The Omate TrueSmart measure 45 × 45 × 14 mm and weights, including the SIM card, microSD memory card and 600 mAh Li-Ion battery 108 g.

The TrueSmart is IP67-certified and waterproof and dustproof. The case is steel alloy while the non-removable straps are silicone. The wrist wraps are not replaceable since the 2G/3G as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS antennas are integrated into the straps.

The Omate TrueSmart comes with a charging-cradle, a USB to micro USB cable, a screwdriver and a couple of replacement screws, since the screws which are used for the battery and SIM card cover are really tiny and can therefore be easily lost. To charge the TrueSmart, it has to be placed in the cradle. However, the cradle hides the two side buttons which makes it impossible to turn on the screen.

Omate said that it has shipped all 512 MB RAM TrueSmart to its Kickstarter backers. At the moment, the company is shipping the 1900 MHz Extreme Edition to its US backers while shipping of the 2100 MHz Extreme Editon should start soon as well.

The Kickstarter Editions were available from US$ 179 to US$ 229. While yet not available, the Omate TrueSmart is available for pre-order but costs now between US$ 249 (512 MB RAM / 4 GB flash memory) and US$ 299 (Extreme Edition with 1 GB RAM / 8 GB flash memory).

Cheers ~ Arne

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