Qualcomm Toq smartwatch showcases Mirasol display technology

By on September 4, 2013, 3:45 PM

Qualcomm is now taking pre-orders for their just-unveiled smartwatch. Much like other watches already on the market, the Toq isn’t a standalone device but rather works as a companion device alongside your smartphone to quickly read text messages, e-mails, calendar reminders and other alerts.

The device will run Qualcomm’s own operating system and uses their low-power mirasol display. The display is key to the device as it’s similar to e-ink screens in that it can be viewed in direct sunlight but is able to produce vivid colors that refresh quick enough for video. To consolidate space and make the device as thin as possible, Qualcomm elected to house the battery in the clasp of the watch band.

We’re told the battery will power the device for about five days under normal use or three days under heavy use – much better than the 25 hours of uptime with the Galaxy Gear. The mirasol display is largely responsible for the great battery life but the 200MHz Cortex M3 processor also plays a key role. Recharges are handled wirelessly via the included charging dock.

Toq will initially only work with Android handsets but the team is considering extending support to iOS, too. It’ll be available in white and black at launch with an option for Bluetooth headphones as well. The Toq will be priced around $300 when it launches on October 10 but don’t expected to see them in large quantities. That’s because Qualcomm is only making a limited number of smartwatches – in the tens of thousands – to showcase what their technology is capable of.




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ikesmasher said:

Its getting to the point where I wish I just had a box I could throw all my gadgets in and have them charge.

WaveZero said:

Whut $300 dollars? Are you nuts? Sadly for people on budgets you have to look elsewhere. Isn't the Nexus 4 16GB on sale for $249 in US?

Arris Arris said:

And how does this pair with my smartphone? bluetooth. Even with the new low power bluetooth in the latest update for the Nexus 4 my battery is still gone in a day or so if I don't have it charging while at my desk. Doesn't matter if the watch can last 5 days as it won't have anything to connect to within 1. I appreciate the concept but anything additional that drains power from my phone is a big no no until battery technologies advance.

And also it's not that inconvenient to take my phone from my pocket. Smart phone screens are getting larger and larger, and now we're meant to communicate with the phone via a teeny weeny screen. I'm sorry but this is another gadget I'll be ignoring.

kuroiei kuroiei said:

Smartwatches...! Because, who cares?

1 person liked this | edzuslv edzuslv said:

And how does this pair with my smartphone? bluetooth. Even with the new low power bluetooth in the latest update for the Nexus 4 my battery is still gone in a day or so if I don't have it charging while at my desk. Doesn't matter if the watch can last 5 days as it won't have anything to connect to within 1. I appreciate the concept but anything additional that drains power from my phone is a big no no until battery technologies advance.

And also it's not that inconvenient to take my phone from my pocket. Smart phone screens are getting larger and larger, and now we're meant to communicate with the phone via a teeny weeny screen. I'm sorry but this is another gadget I'll be ignoring.

At least you don't have to charge 2 devices every day like samsung gear. :)

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