Even if Samsung stole the show at IFA 2013 with its Galaxy Gear, I bet you did not know that Qualcomm is preparing its own smartwatch, called Toq. Pretty cool name, huh?
Well, Toq is a touchscreen smartwatch and it’s designed to be used together with an Android running device, like a smartphone or a tablet. One of the main selling points of the Toq smartwatch is its high-tech Mirasol display, Qualcomm’s in house project, a screen which uses a low energy technology, which failed to gain acceptance on a large scale by smartphone manufacturers. At least, until now, Toq hopes to change the trend.
Qualcomm claims that Mirasol screens are much easier to read in direct sunlight than any other device, and along with the better sunlight legibility, this technology offers an enhanced battery life for your smartphone.
According to reports, the Toq smartwatch will offer up to five days of battery lifetime and that’s great news when compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, which lasts for just one day.
The Toq uses an app from Google Play Store in order to link to a smartphone running on Android 4.0.3 and above. After successfully installed, Toq will allow you to accept calls, play music, read emails and text messages and the like. You can also use wireless headsets with the smartwatch.
Along with the extended battery life, Toq uses a very clever charging method. All you have to do is to put the smartwatch down on its case, and voila. No need for plugs or cables.Another cool thing about Qualcomm’s baby is that it will feature interchangeable watch faces.
The Toq is announced for the fourth quarter of 2013, it will be available in black and white and it will cost around $300.