Alcatel had quite few new products to showcase at CES this year, but the Alcatel OneTouch Watch is easily the most exciting device in the company’s lineup. While most major players in the smartwatch space use Android Wear as the operating system of choice, Alcatel’s OneTouch Watch is using a propriety system which allows the watch to work with Android (4.3 and above), Windows Phone and iOS. This gives the One Touch Watch broad reach, but the decision does limit the smartwatch’s functionality.
Out of the box, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch has the ability to tell time, display calls, SMS and email notifications, launch the camera and take a picture, monitor your heart rate, track your activity, remotely activate an alarm on your phone (for all those times that it gets stuck in those pesky couch cushions), display the weather and more.
The device is certainly quite capable. The touchscreen responds well to taps and swipes the internal processor was able to keep the smartwatch chugging along as we opened up the available apps, controlled music on a connected smartphone, opened notifications and used the OneTouch Watch as a remote camera shutter button. But the Alcatel OneTouch Watch’s functionality is currently limited to the experience Alcatel can provide. There are no plans to launch support for third-party apps, but Alcatel says that they are committed to giving a device the does all the basics extremely well.
The design of the Alcatel OneTouch Watch features a 1.22-inch, 262K circular display wrapped in an aluminum shell with a single button. Those who are familiar with the Moto 360 will also recognize the flat tire at the bottom of the display, which Alcatel is using as an on-screen button to toggle between the app menu and watch page. The rubber wrist band used an adjustable clasp and sports an integrated USB charger which eliminates the need of having a separate charging cable.
Since Alcatel has complete control over the software, the smartwatch does get better battery life from what we have seen from Android Wear devices. The Watch’s 210mAh battery can be charged in roughly an hour and can last between two and five days. The accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, heart rate sensor, and e-compass sensors are user to help track your movement, while the NFC tag assists with pairing over Bluetooth 4.0. And since Alcatel wants the device to be use during workouts, they’ve also made sure that it is IP67 (water resistant), which should be enough to keep it safe even during an intense workout.
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch will be available in March for $150.