With continuous improvements to sensory and PFOE technology (print, flexible, and organic electronics), the wearable tech market is expected to rise all the way through 2018. Now that the first half of 2015 has come and gone, we took a look at some of the most anticipated smartwatches being released before year’s end.
From incredible second generation models to surprising first time players in the smartwatch game, we gathered six of the most discussed upcoming smartwatches on the web today. Some will be out by the end of summer, but all of them will be here by Christmas. Let’s hope you’ve been good this year.
Samsung Gear S2 (Orbis)
Samsung is expected to introduce a highly anticipated new edition to the Gear family. On August 12, the Samsung Gear S2 (code named Orbis) was announced as the first circular interfaced smartwatch that the company has created. It will feature 360×360 resolution, 4 GB of data storage, and use AMOLED technology. Rumors have suggested that the new watch will cost more than the Samsung Gear S, which would put it above $350.
Asus ZenWatch 2
When the Asus ZenWatch was released last year, it seemed like another knock-off smartwatch at first glance but quickly became a top performing device. The second generation is expected to be released later in 2015 and focuses on customization. The Asus ZenWatch 2 will have two sizes, three colors, and 18 different straps to showcase your unique personality. It will maintain a digital crown, metal charger, and the standard water resistant feature. The watch will come equipped with curved Gorilla Glass and AMOLED technology.
Moto 360 2
The Moto 360 may have been one of the most aesthetically desirable watches in 2014, but the hardware wasn’t. The Motorola second generation could move past that hiccup with the implementation of an upgraded Snapdragon Processor and a 360×360 resolution. The Moto 360 2 is expected to gyroscope, barometer, accelerometer, and a heart rate monitor. The new watch is expected to work along with the first generation Moto 360, rather than replace it. Motorola said it will hold a press conference at IFA on September 2nd.
Tag Heuer Carrera 01
Swiss watch designer Tag Heuer is jumping into the wearable tech arena with its first-ever luxury smartwatch. The information on this product is a closely kept secret, but we can report that Tag Heuer is working with Intel and Google on the watch. It will be built to last a lifetime, which would be the first for any smartwatch, and the first to have upgradable parts. The smartwatch is expected to be priced at $1,400 and available this October.
Breitling B55 Connected
Breitling is hot on the heels of Tag Heuer with its B55 Connected, which combines analog design with a digital display and connects directly to your smartphone. The B55 Connected app can inform you on the battery, use the phone’s radio to instantly swap time zones, and record flight times for pilots. The watch is still in the prototype phase but expected to enter the market at the end of 2015. Thankfully, Breitling doesn’t expect to go past the $10,000 mark. Phew.
Telecommunication services company Huawei is expected to produce its first smartwatch with android wear. The watch comes with a sapphire crystal display, 400×400 resolution, and AMOLED technology. The watch will perform the functions that we’ve all come to expect, notification and Google Now voice commands. Expected to be released sometime in September or October, the Huawei smartwatch will retail at $387 for the black or silver version with a metal band. The prices for the device will increase from there, depending on the model you choose.
It’s clear that smartwatches are undoubtedly here to stay, especially now that luxury brands like Tag Heuer and Breitling are releasing their own models. While many of these devices focus on customization and app pairing capabilities, it seems that circular interface designs are becoming increasingly popular.
Leave a comment below and tell us what are some of the things that you are looking forward to in the next batch of smartwatches.