We’ve seen the smartwatches around for a long time now from almost all major smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG and more recently Apple with new names jumping onto the smartwatch wagon as time passes. The smartwatches out in the market in today’s date offer the conventional smartwatches with touchscreens on top. But this article is about an ODM that is planning to set foot in the smartwatch market. Whats different about them, you ask? Well, if they do step into the smartwatch market, they’ll be debuting with analog smartwatches. Yes, analog smartwatches. Confused? The image below may help you.
Yes, this is exactly what it looks like. We’re talking about analog smartwatches: smartwatches that look like conventional watches with the hands and dials but have a transparent OLED touchscreen on the top thats almost impossible to make out until there’s something on the display.
ODM’s are manufacturers that manufacture devices for bigger brands for them to put their tag on and Longshine Technologies are one of them. They’re the ones behind these transparent OLED based smartwatches. Until now, they’ve just manufactured devices for other brands but they now plan to step into the smartwatch market with two smartwatches to debut: the Halo 1 and the Halo 2.
Both these smartwatches look the exact same in looks and have quite some similarities on the inside too. The Halo 1 and the Halo 2 both sport the conventional watch hands and dial underneath a protective glass covering that houses the transparent OLED. The display boasts 96 X 96 pixels with 256 colors per pixel. Not something very impressive but then they’re offering something new and completely different so you’ll have to compromise on some front.
Another feature that is rather interesting that instead of running on Android Wear or Tizen like most smartwatches these days do, the Halo 1 and Halo 2 run on a pretty old version of Android: Android 2.3 Gingerbread which has been customized to a great extent. Looks like the makers were determined to set these 2 smartwatches completely apart from the rest.
Talking about the innards, we have an ARM based Intel XMM 2231 chipset along with a processor clocked at 300 MHz. 4 GB is available as the onboard storage along with 512 MB RAM. The battery is where the Halo 1 and the Halo 2 differ. While the former has a 240 mAh powerhouse, the later boasts of a 350 mAh battery and these extra hours of battery life are not the only thing that the Halo 2 boasts of. You also get a 2G modem which means you can make calls independently and a SIM card slot on the Halo 2. Water and dust resistivity is not yet seen on the prototype but Longshine Technologies say these features can be and will be added in the future.
So what do you think? Does this pair of Android 2.3 Gingerbread based analog smartwatches with transparent OLED displays have a chance against its competitors like the Apple smartwatch, LG G Watch, Moto 360, and others? We’ll find that out only when the Halo 1 and Halo 2 are brought out in the market as only prototypes have been tested as of yet. Till then, stay tuned for more updates.