Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch to go on sale on December 2 for $349.99

A versatile smartwatch that lacks a camera

Qualcomm has revealed that it plans to launch its limited edition Toq smart watch on December 2nd, which also happens to be Cyber Monday, a popular online shopping day in the US. The smart watch, which was revealed by the chipset manufacturer in a surprise move at the Uplinq conference this year, can be purchased through the company website, at a starting price of $349.99. Toq works best with Android 4.3 Jellybean, but is compatible with Android 4.0.3 and above. It connects to your Android device over Bluetooth and can be used to accept/reject calls, read text messages, and view alerts and selected notifications. The Toq smart watch features a Mirasol display, an always-on reflective display technology that uses ambient light. The smartwatch will be launched with optional stereo Bluetooth headsets (one for each ear), which will be sold separately.

Qualcomm Toq Wireless Charger cum Case

A convenient feature is the wireless charging base, which can also be used to charge the Bluetooth headsets. With a 3-day battery life, you need to charge the Toq only 2-3 times a week. The smart watch comes preloaded with AccuWeather and the E*Trade stock app. Qualcomm says it will continue to provide software updates to to Toq to increase its functionality.

The competition: Qualcomm Toq vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear vs. Sony Smartwatch 2

Smart watch comparison table

The smart watch craze seems to have hit most phone manufacturers, with even Apple reportedly working on an iWatch. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear has a Super AMOLED display, microphone, speakers and 1.9 megapixel camera. As of now, it is compatible only with select Samsung Galaxy smartphones. However, with users have found the 1 day battery life quite disappointing. The Sony SmartWatch 2 is the only smart watch with a water resistant display. It also has NFC connectivity, and is compatible with Android 4.0 devices upwards. The Toq’s long battery life and wireless charging display could give it an extra edge among users, most of whom don’t want the hassle of charging yet another device everyday. At nearly $350, the Qualcomm Toq is the most expensive smart watch of the lot. But, Qualcomm has specified that it is a concept product, and they are not looking for it to be a commercial success.
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