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Exetech XS-3 Is A Standalone Smartwatch Running On Android 4.0

Most of the smartwatch models available in the market are companion devices. Take for instance the Samsung Galaxy Gear or the Sony SmartWatch 2, these models work at their full potential when they are linked to a smartphone. The Exetech XS-3 on the other hand is a different breed of smartwatch as it does not need a smartphone to function properly as it has been designed to be a standalone deivce.

Exetech XS-3

Exetech is an Italian based company and its XS-3 smartwatch crams most of the functions of a smartphone into a device that weighs 90 grams and can be worn on the wrist.

Technical Specifications

  • Connectivity: 3G WCDMA , HSDPA,2G GPRS , EDGE (GSM 850/900/1800/1900/2100 Mhz)
  • Operating system: Android 4.0
  • Display: Touch screen capacitive 1.54 inches, Resolution: 240×240
  • Processor: MTK 6577 dual-core
  • Internal Memory: 2 GB Est Memory, expandable with Micro SD up to 32 GB
  • Size (cm ) : Height 6.46 x Width 4.40 x Thickness 1.76 (case)
  • Battery: 420 mAh

The device also comes with GPS, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and a g-sensor. It also comes pre-installed with social networking apps Facebook and Twitter. A fitness app is also included.

In terms of build quality the XS-3 is made entirely of plastic that’s attached to a rubber strap. While it may look fragile it really is tougher than it looks. At the back is the battery cover which you can open. The battery is user removable so you can carry a spare with you just in case you run out of power. Standby time is rated at 18 hours but constant use will drop this to around 6 to 7 hours.

The inside of this device is pretty amazing since it comes with almost all of the features that can be found on a smartphone. You can make calls with it, connect to the Internet, and send messages. It has access to the Google Play store so you will be able to install apps on it.

I this were released a decade ago this would have made a good spy watch as it comes with a 2M camera on its right side. You can take photos of your friends with it or take snapshots of confidential documents.

The XS-3 is available in black color at the company website with a white version soon to be released. The device costs €350 which is around $485.

via exetech

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  1. This sounds like a really neat device and all, but really, what are the practical uses for it? Everyone already has a smartphone with those features so why would you go out and buy a $500 watch with features you already have access to?

  2. I agree. This one makes very little sense. There is no point in strapping a smartphone with such a small screen to your wrist. These devices should make sense. This is like holding up a 7 inch tablet as a phone to your face. I know people do that actually, but makes no sense to me.

  3. Asus and now this one. All of a sudden OEMs are rushing to make Smartwatches. Looks like this is the next big thing in Android after all. The question is where will it leave the cellphone device?

  4. I think I’d rather have a smart watch that’s reliant on a phone, I mean let’s face it you’re still going to need your phone either way, typing up messages , reading articles like this, watching youtube videos, playing games etc would be horrible on a 1.5 inch screen. On top of that the battery life is horrible which means they need to outfit these things with at least a 800mAh battery. They should make a smart watch like the galaxy gear but with a solar charger built in, maybe in the strap or the bezel around. In case there’s a emergency and you need to recharge phone. Also the galaxy gear is a standalone mp3 player which is great for gym time.

  5. Seems like a lesser version of the Omate TrueSmart, which has all the same connectivity, bigger battery, Android 4.2.2 and IP67 water protection. And it’s $229.

  6. This sounds more like a smartphone in a small package. Play Store and what not! But this is good, for the competition at least. And sending out messages ins a good feature, but the thought of typing messages on such as small screen is going to be a challenge.

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