Archos Ventures Into The Smartwatch Scene

French consumer electronics company Archos is jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon by sort of announcing three new models at CES. And we say “sort of” since these models don’t have names yet. Leading the trio is a US$130 model that comes with a 1.8-inch aluminium-encased curved display using e-ink technology with a battery life that should supposedly last for 36-48 hours…

French consumer electronics company Archos is jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon by sort of announcing three new models at CES. And we say “sort of” since these models don’t have names yet.

Leading the trio is a US$130 model that comes with a 1.8-inch aluminium-encased curved display using e-ink technology with a battery life that should supposedly last for 36-48 hours. Then there’s the $100 model that comes with a capacitive display and swappable bands for those who likes to give their smartwatch a bit of their personality. Lastly, there’s a US$50 model that comes with a 1.55-inch black-and-white display (non-capacitive) and a battery life that should last for 7-14 days.

In terms of functionality, all three models were designed to act as an accessory to your smartphone, providing users with notifications and media playback controls. It should be noted that users will only be able to read notifications on the watch unlike the Galaxy Gear that allows users to reply to messages or make calls.

There’s no specific date on when the smartwatches will hit the market but Archos says it plans to release the $50 version first, while the two other models will follow shortly after.

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