IFA was a wearable tech bonanza with three new Android Wear smartwatches on show from established tech giants Sony, Asus and LG.
And now the first non-mainstream Android Wear smartwatch has been unveiled…sort of. The Com 1 has hit crowdfunding site Indiegogo and, if it hits its $75,000 target, it its scheduled for a December or January launch.
Packing a fairly uninspiring design, the Com 1 does beat the likes of the ZenWatch, the SmartWatch 3 and the G Watch R in the skinny stakes – its makers claim it is just 8mm thick.
The hardware lowdown is pretty impressive too with a 1GHz XBurst-based Ingenic JZ4775 processor backed up with a (massively unnecessary) 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s also a dedicated graphics engine and a 400mAh battery that it's claimed will last two days.
Like all good smartwatches, the Com 1 is IP67 waterproof and offers Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity. There’s no GPS on board, so Sony is still leading the way on that front.
The Com 1's display is a 1.6-inch TFT LCD with a 240 x 240 resolution, which won’t take any prizes but, at $125 for the early bird price, you are looking at the potential cheapest Android Wear smartwatch yet.
That $125 will get you the basic anodised aluminium version, for $20 more you can go stainless steel and there are also leather strap options too.
The team behind the Com 1 claim that it’s been a year in the making and are promising that if they don't reach their funding goal, you will still get your watch. Take a look at our great feature on whether you should you be backing wearables on crowdfunding sites first though, so as you understand the risks.
If you’re happy to pledge, head over to Indiegogo now. We’ve backed the campaign, so hopefully we’ll have a review for you in December.