With Google’s Android Wear here and about to take over the wearable scene, Chinese device makers are dipping their toes in to the niche. The Elephone W1 is one such wearable that whats to take on the role of mobile companion for your wrist.
We’ve seen Chinese phone makers make baby steps into the wearable race over the past few months, a phenomenon which is spreading like wildfire. Just today we heard rumours that Xiaomi are planning to release a 199 Yuan smart band, and now Elephone have just sent details of something similar.
Elephone, are a mobile maker on a mission! Just in the past few week we have seen devices with fingerprint scanners, LTE and now the Elephone W1 smartwatch!
In reality the Elephone W1 is a companion device and by itself isn’t all that smart. Once connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth though the bracelet can notify the wearer of messages, emails and calls. Built-in features also include a pedometer, sleep monitor, proximity alarm (an alarm will sound when moving out of distance of the paired device), remote camera control and a built in speaker for voice calls.
The Elephone W1 hasn’t a regular screen but uses a grid of LED lights (64 x 32) to show information. This helps to keep power usage to a minimum which is lucky as the W1’s battery is just a 150mAh unit.
Elephone haven’t posted full details of the W1 on their website yet, but we can expect more news to be published very soon.