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Alcatel Onetouch to deliver low-cost smartwatch at CES 2015 Featured

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Alcatel Onetouch, the company that has bought the Palm brand name from HP, is set to unveil a low-cost smartwatch at the International CES next week.

2015 is smartwatch season, with the availability of smart watches seemingly set to explode - and that’s before the new Apple Watch finally launches at last.

In a media release that also announces a new brand of smartphone called Pixi which can run Android, Windows Phone or Firefox OS (but apparently not all three at the same time, sadly), Alcatel Onetouch - a brand of the Chinese phone maker TCL - has a smartwatch coming.

The media release claims it is a smartwatch at ‘a smart price’, noting that it ‘looks like a watch and feels like a watch’ but is smart.

Dubbed the ‘WATCH’ series, which Apple’s lawyers might well be watching (but probably not), its biggest claim to fame appears to be that it will be ‘affordable’.

Pricing has not yet been announced but the watch is claimed to be ‘packed with sensors and apps that allow users to monitor daily activity, and connects to Android smartphones to control music, take photos, receive notifications and more.’

So, we’ll undoubtedly be hearing a lot more about this new watch when CES kicks off next week, as well as what ‘affordable’ really means.

Alcatel Onetouch is also in the news for having purchased the Palm brand from HP, which you can read about here


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