With smartphone OEMs now getting in to the watch space, watch maker Timex seems to be feeling threatened to loose market to them. The well known watch-maker is prepping a smartwatch, dubbed the Metropolitan+ that will combine the contemporary style with smart features.
At the Qualcomm 3G/LTE Summit in Hong Kong, Times hinted its first analog smartwatch which is its answer to the new smartwatches and fitness bands recently announced by brands like Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony, among others.
Timex teased the smartwatch in a photo and announced that it is "re-entering" the connected wearables space with a fitness-focused watch. Earlier this year, the company launched the Timex Ironman One GPS+ watch with an activity tracking capabilities. It is a squarish smartwatch that was targeted at fitness freaks and runners. It is more of an activity tracker that was designed for masses. However, this time around, the company wants to add style to the smartwatch.
The Timex Metropolitan+ seems to be high on style by donning a design that is used for the company's traditional chronograph watches. It will come with two crowns on its right side and two dials on the watchface. The dials on the watch seems to be where the twist lies, as these are likely to work to show data related to activities, and goal progress, and might as well double up as mode-changers for the watch.
It may function like the Activité and Activité Pop smartwatches from the French company Withings which have dials on the analog watchface to give details of daily activity goal.
With the dial taking care of such features, the watch can work independently, without needing to be connected to a smartphone via an app for giving out information. Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch too can function independently.
The company has not yet announced the official release date or pricing information for the Timex Metropolitan+ smartwatch. But, the company's presentation did mention it to be a 2015 product, which mean which that we can expect the watch to come to market by the year end.