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Alcatel Onetouch, the brand for mobile phones and mobile broadband modems made by TCL Corporation and Alcatel Mobile Phones, announced at CES 2015 in Las Vegas its foray into the hot market for wearable devices.

Specifically, the firm showed off the Onetouch Watch, a line of premium-design smart watches that work with the iPhone and cost more than half as much as the Apple Watch, which will start out at $349.

Powered by the STMicroelectronics STM429 chipset and featuring the stainless steel watch face, the Onetouch Watch is packed with sensors and apps that let you monitor daily activity.

It connects to iPhones and Android smartphones and allows you to control music, take photos, receive notifications and more. Users can customize their experience by putting up to four different smartwatch functions on its screen.

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Built-in sensors include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope and altitude meter. Alcatel underscored that it designed the Watch software to be easy to use on its tiny 1.22-inch round display.

A 210mAh battery, Alcatel said, provides up to two and a half days of run time on a single charge. As you can see below, there’s a physical power button on the side of the Watch and a capacitive back button for navigation.

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Finally, the Onetouch Watch is IP67-certified for water resistance. With its affordable $149 price tag and a round face, the Onetouch Watch is basically a cheaper Moto 360 that works with an iPhone.

While certainly a tempting proposition for would-be shoppers, there are some downsides to low price. Most notably, there’s no an app store to download third-party applications although Alcaltel assured us that this is going to change later on.

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Alcatel also unveiled an OS-agnostic smartphones available on Firefox, Windows or Android in the form of the Pixi 3 series, offered in 3.5, 4, 4.5 and 5-inch variants and sporting 4G LTE connectivity (3G for the 3.5-incher).

By the way, Alcatel Onetouch has more than a hundred offices in more than 160 countries around the world. In the first nine month of 2014, their sales volume of smartphones and other smart devices spiked 162 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Would you consider Alcatel’s $149 Watch over Apple’s $349 device?

[Alcatel Onetouch]

  • arvindb02

    Does it run Android Wear?

    • Ariel

      by the looks it doesn’t, they also say that there is currently no app store (android wear has, right?)

    • FFF84

      No, it runs it’s own os

  • Dany Quirion

    looks a 100 times better then the apple watch

  • Frizzle

    Pebble NEEDS to release something similar. It’s cross platform, has an App Store, and it’s a well established brand.

    • aw81

      And pebbles cheapest watch is only $20 cheaper.
      If the Alcatel can deliver like they say then the pebble suddenly looks a bit dated.

  • Noah Mospan

    Am I not seeing a release date or have they not announced it?

    • Carlos Medina

      I don’t think so because not even on their site they seem to have a purchase button of some sort but it does look neat and well designed i must say that.

      • Noah Mospan

        9to5Mac reported a March release date.

  • This looks so much better than the Apple Watch and it’s $200 cheaper. I think I’m sold on this watch.

  • thelke

    On sale in March on Amazon

  • JustReboot

    I’m in. Exactly what the doctor ordered. Essentially a color pebble with better aesthetics 🙂

    • Ariel

      I think you meant essentially a cheaper, thinner, sleeker Moto 360 with better battery life too 😉 – Supposedly

      • That’s another way of looking at it, might as well throw-in “running a non-spyware OS” and “cross-platform compatible” while you’re at it.

  • Fajr Lodhi

    Has the potential to give the pebble a run for its money!

  • Ariel

    It looks like finally someone gets the Smartwatch concept right without making a big fuss of it, lets see if its as well executed as it looks. Promising!

  • Lagax

    “cost more than half as much as the Apple Watch”? Is this a mistake or do I understand it wrong? Shouldn’t it be “cost less than half as much as the Apple Watch”?

    • Nesly Lacroix

      It should have been “cost less than half than the Apple Watch”. Your version is wordy.

  • Loyo Media

    I like this. Looks better then apple watch. I hope other developers like it also.

  • Looks really nice but I doubt it’ll have the same app support as the Apple Watch once it’s released which is a shame really. Apple could make a ton of money by licensing the software the Apple Watch will run in addition to selling hardware themselves…

    • Noah Mospan

      It all depends on what you’re looking for. A lot of us want what the pebble has but in this form factor, that’s it. What it does out of the box is great and I’m sure the app support will grow over time, especially if it gets a lot of traction.

    • Zachary Tipnis

      With Apples dedication to its closed-minded sandboxed *ahem* stuff along with a yearly $99 price tag just to grace the app store with your app, I’m definitely choosing to develop for this over apple watch, but I know a lot of people won’t. On the upside most of the functionality I’d want I (and other community-driven developers of which there are very many) can just whip up a program for and install it right to my watch, none of the apple “authorized developer” greed to deal with; just write, compile, enjoy. (At least I hope… Sandboxing and staff reviews such as the ones apple conducts would be a major buzzkill)

  • Noah Mospan

    I retract any statements I’ve made on this watch. The verge just had a hands on with it and I’m not sure I’ll buy it. It’s slow, clunky, has an awkward analog watch decal all the way around it, and it has an even bigger black bar on the bottom of the screen than the Moro 360. The photos they have shown cleverly hide it and make you think That they able to hide those display drivers in the bezel. But my biggest gripe of all was the UI which looks like it was thrown together in a couple minutes. Now, these are just preliminary thoughts. We will just have to wait for consumer reviews in March. But I’ll probably save my pennies for Apples ridiculously priced smartwatch.

  • Kr00

    Don’t rant much, do we? Target are selling tin foil hats at half price this month, btw.

  • port87

    please iDB team try to find a video, id like to see this in action!

  • VictorMartino

    I’d rather buy this watch than the Apple Watch with its horrific design!

  • jalexcarter

    Hmm round design, water resistant, $200 cheaper…definitely advantages over apple’s smart watch and worth looking at

  • Looks as beautiful as the renderings as shown in the hands-on video, and IMO, that’s much better looking that the Apple watch. As for the OS, appears to do most of what SmartWatches do today, so, not sure how you just conclude it’s a joke.

    • iamzaidan

      there’s another comment here that goes like this…

      “I retract any statements I’ve made on this watch. The verge just had a hands on with it and I’m not sure I’ll buy it. It’s slow, clunky, has an awkward analog watch decal all the way around it, and it has an even bigger black bar on the bottom of the screen than the Moro 360. The photos they have shown cleverly hide it and make you think That they able to hide those display drivers in the bezel. But my biggest gripe of all was the UI which looks like it was thrown together in a couple minutes. Now, these are just preliminary thoughts. We will just have to wait for consumer reviews in March. But I’ll probably save my pennies for Apples ridiculously priced smartwatch.”

      I agree with all this

      • Wasn’t ever gonna buy it, just saying it looks as good as in the renderings just like demoed in the Verge video, and IMO, that’s much better looking than the Apple watch’s V-tech like design. To each their own.

      • iamzaidan

        I agree with you to some extent…i like the round design and wish the apple watch was like that…but then again the black bar at the bottom of the screen for the sensors kinda ruins it :'(