The digital age is going into overdrive at IFA 2013 but on the other side of the pond; just as Samsung was busy unveiling their Galaxy Gear smartwatch (link to previous article), Qualcomm was making their own little announcement Stateside. Taking on the Galaxy Gear, the Sony Smartwatch 2 and all other comers is the Qualcomm Toq (pronounced ‘talk’). Announced at their annual Uplinq event held in San Diego, California, the chipmaker showed off the neat little smartphone accessory with a highly reflective, color, Mirasol display. Thanks to this form of low lighting, low battery consumption display type technology, the Toq has the edge over the competition. But more importantly, the display visibility on the Toq could also prove to be better in broad daylight or direct lighting.
To further preserve battery life the Toq has been equipped with a low-powered 200MHz Cortex M3 processor. While it lacks a camera’s presence it does feature a microphone, pedometer, accelerometer, supports wireless charging and has no buttons at all. An SDK for developers will be out soon for creating more apps for the device. Thanks to the wider display reading notifications should be easy and if you’re worried about why the buckle or clasp is so large, it’s because that’s where the battery is housed. The best part about the Toq is that it’s universally compliant with any Android device and, according to Qualcomm executives, could also work with iOS, but at a later stage. Along with the watch comes a couple of wireless Bluetooth (Stereo) enabled in-ear earbuds that also have wireless charging capabilities. It’s also great that a table top induction pad equipped case will be coming along for the ride. Qualcomm has the Toq up for preorder for a price of $300 but it won’t be out till October 10.
[Via - Cnet]