Omate Continues to Go Alone

By Tom Allen
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Omate is following its Truesmart+ smartwatch (Omate Breaks Smartphone Link) with a third-generation model called the Omate Rise. Presented as the flagship product for the company’s 2016 range, the Rise features Bluetooth Low Energy and can operate without a connection to a smartphone.

Running Android 5.1, the smartwatch features 3G connectivity compatible with both US and European frequencies; GPS; WiFi; and Bluetooth, to connect to a smartphone if desired. However, functions such as making calls, receiving texts, sending emails and more can be accessed using only the watch. It is also water resistant.

The 1.3″ circular display – using a panel from Innolux – has 360 x 360 resolution and is protected by a sapphire cover. A dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor runs the Android OS, along with an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU.

Like Omate’s previous products, the Rise will be partly crowdfunded. A 48-hour campaign will begin on the 7th December (http://tinyurl.com/h8387m4), aiming to raise $30,000 to fund the addition of a tooled carbon fibre bezel to the watch. During the campaign, the Rise will be available to backers at a discounted price of $200, down from its MSRP of $350. These backers will receive their watches in March 2016; the Rise will arrive in retail stores in June.