A Twitter account known for the mobile-related leaks it presents on a frequent basis says that Qualcomm will have its own smartwatch in stores later this year, called the ZOLA.
However, other details aren’t available about the device at this time. Here’s what @evleaks tweeted about it:
Qualcomm ZOLA: own-brand smartwatch coming this September
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 26, 2013
We shouldn’t be surprised to hear that yet another company is going to have a smartwatch in stores at some point later this year. Sony has just unveiled its SmartWatch 2 device (pictured above), and companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung are also rumored to launch their own smartwatch models this year.
However, we’re very interested in what the ZOLA may have to offer, because it’s not every day that you see Qualcomm coming out with consumer electronics products, or at least rumored to do so. The company provides some of the most powerful mobile chips out there and other mobile components to virtually every player in the mobile business, but it doesn’t sell its own brand of gadgets directly to consumers.
So while the Snapdragon 800 may be the talk of the town when it comes to mobile systems-on-a-chip, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how the ZOLA would be received by the public.
Since we’re talking about Qualcomm, we definitely expect to see an energy-efficient chip to power the ZOLA, and we expect the device to friendly to a variety of mobile operating systems including Android and iOS.
That said, we’ll end our speculation here, as we wait for more official information about the ZOLA to be released. But if the product is indeed real, and today’s rumor turns out to be true, then September may bring us at least two different smartwatches, with the SmartWatch 2 also expected to launch during the same month in various markets.