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Omate's new TrueSmart+ is a standalone wearable that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop
Omate probably isn’t the first brand you think of when talking about wearables, but the company’s TrueSmart smartwatch has seen some pretty big success over the years. The company is now planning on releasing a followup to the TrueSmart, which will bring some much-needed improvements to the wearable.
The Omate TrueSmart+ doesn’t run Android Wear, rather a full version of Android 5.1 Lollipop with Omate’s OUI 3.0 software overlay. Omate says you’ll be able to run full versions of Android apps on the watch. As for the hardware, the TrueSmart+ features a 1.54-inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 320, a 1GHz Mediatek MT6572M processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a 700mAh battery. There’s also a Bosch BHI160 sensor present on the device that should provide very low power consumption, especially when it comes to always-on applications like fitness tracking and step counting.
Part of the draw to the TrueSmart+ is its ability to be used as a standalone watch. It can use any Micro SIM card that’s compatible with a GSM network. This means you’ll also be able to accept phone calls, reply to text messages and more without being connected to your smartphone. The rubber straps on the watch house the device’s Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G and GPS antennas. According to our sources close to the matter, the TrueSmart+ also comes with an improved Ocharger that’s compatible with both the TrueSmart+ and original TrueSmart.
Omate is also launching another smartwatch called the TrueSmart-i, which will feature a 1.54-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 240, a built-in 5MP camera that’s capable of recording 720p video, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
You can pre-order both of these watches from Omate’s website from September 22nd to October 31st. The TrueSmart+ will be available for $169 and will ship in November, while the TrueSmart-i will cost $149 and will ship this October. We’re expecting to hear an official announcement from Omate sometime this week, so we’ll be sure to let you know if more information surfaces in the coming days.