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Razer launching a mostly-smart watch for fitness

Razer announced that they are launching a brand new wearable device called the Nabu Watch. It's water-resistant, drop-resistant, and has a 7-day battery.

Published onJanuary 6, 2016


This week at CES 2016, Razer announced that they are launching a brand new wearable device called the Nabu Watch. Whereas many smartwatches seek to provide users with a near-smartphone experience – full color screen, app support, etc… – Razer has decided to aim a little bit lower.

The Nabu Watch doesn’t have a lot of the features that we’ve come to associate with smartwatches. It’s really more like a very high tech sports watch. Although it does have smartphone notifications and shake-to-share capabilities, Razer is pitching it as a drop-resistant, water-resistant sports watch that has the additional features of fitness tracking and smartphone sync. By chopping down on these features, the Nabu Watch has been able to achieve an impressive battery life of seven days, and it will sync with both iOS and Android devices.

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You can get Razer’s mostly-smart watch for about the same price range as you would expect to pay for full smartwatches ($150 to $200). However, what Razer is bringing to the table is a kind of ruggedness that is more likely to draw the attention of outdoor-types, runners, and other athletes.

What are your thoughts on this new wilderness-ready wearable? Something up your alley, or would you rather have something sleeker and more powerful for that kind of cash? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our CES 2016 coverage!

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