Oct 18 AT 8:35 AM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Android-powered i’m Watch comes out of hiding October 25


How much would you spend on the world’s coolest looking Android-powered smartwatch? Next week in Santa Clara on October 25, i’m Watch will make its long awaited debut at ARM TechCon and try to convince you it’s worth the 249 € (~$340) asking price.

We’ve previously seen similar devices, like the Sony Ericsson LiveView and Motorola’s leaked Tracy XL, but none of them have had the style and prestige that i’m Watch is aiming for. The device is still on pre-order in seven colors and is available with high-end configurations like titanium or white gold with diamonds (14.999 €!).

Inside the i’m Watch, you’ll find an ARM IMX233 processor, 4 GB storage, 64 MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 and a built-in rechargeable Li-Po 400 mAh battery. On the outside you’ll find a 1.54-inch (240×240 pixel resolution) color TFT display, microphone, built-in speaker, 3.5 mm headset jack and charging jack.

Standby time with Bluetooth connection should be up to 30 hours and talk time with speakerphone should last up to 3 hours. Those who pre-order will also receive access to i’m Music, which includes unlimited, on-demand access to millions of songs.

When it comes to software, i’m Watch will ship with a handful of pre-loaded apps that will allow you to check the weather forecast, view stock market data and receive notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and more. Developers will also be able to “write the history of smartwatches” when i’m Watch releases their open software development kit.

Hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands-on a review unit soon to let you know if it’s worth the premium price. I’d absolutely love to wear an Android-powered smartwatch, but I’m nervous about handing over $300 bucks until I’m convinced that it works and will be well supported.

Would you consider purchasing the i’m Watch? Check out the teaser video below and share your praises or concerns.

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  • Thorpeland

    Holy Hello NOO!!! I love Android but this is ridiculous. I’ll just rely on the smartphone i carry with me all the time. Not an oversized watch. It reminds me of those giant calculator watches of the late 1980′s. They were hideous too.

  • Daniel

    Why does it look exactly like iOS?

    • Dirge

      I was just going to say that. The icons looks exactly like iOS icons, especially that contacts icon.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      They are pitching this thing as the perfect iPhone accessory. they figure that they will reach a much wider audience if they can sell an Android watch ti iOS and Android users.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I’d buy one. This may actually be a little smaller than the watches I typically buy. I know having a color display is fun and all, but I hope they eventually come out with a touch e-ink display which will increase the battery life. It’s one thing when your phone dies at the end of the day, but it’ll get annoying having to charge your watch a few times per week.

  • http://appsforandroid.webs.com Craig

    It’s $340 and that’s way to much for me

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I already use my phone as a clock… and I don’t mind wearing a regular, self winding, SWATCH.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Not at all affordable for me.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    This device has called my attention since I first heard about it. With devices getting bigger, it would be convenient to have a watch like this. It definitely looks good, I would say it is better than the MotoActv, which costs about the same. I would still need to see those reviews, though…

    • PacoBell

      How is it better? Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) vs. 2.1, 2 weeks standby vs 30 hours. The MotoActv has HRM, FM, resistance to practically anything, and it’s mountable on your wrist, arm, or bike. When you consider it’s about the same price, why is this even worthwhile comparison?

  • Hollyw0od

    you guys are insane… the gold and diamond version is a steal at 15k!

  • kwills88

    I could easily get a galaxy tab at that price….but like I always say, if I wasn’t broke, I would certainly get it, just because.

  • gadgety

    It looks sharp – it uses the same hardware, processor etc as the iPod Nano and has taken its looks from it as well. Afaik the screen will not be so close to the edges on the real watch. I agree with Edgar Cervantes – this will be really useful with tab type devices and large cell phones.

  • http://ptn.net rizal

    how could we buy a graphic presentation ,it never existed a real video presentation or a demo ,maybe screen are laagy response and very pixelize , lets see it in action first , what happen if i buy and it works like a chinese ipad