Qualcomm Toq to Compete with Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2 and Pebble

November 22, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2, and Pebble, it is Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch that is out in the market to offer them competition.

We heard recently that Qualcomm announced that its Toq smartwatch would be out for sale this December.

However, Qualcomm will not release it in the retail markets and people who are desperate to bag it will have to buy it directly from its website. Toq will cost you $349.99, and takes a different line as long as hardware is concerned when compared to its competitors.

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Toq offers you pretty much everything. It will allow you to manage incoming phone calls, text messages as well as appointments, and notifications.

They can also reply to messages with the help of a pre-programmed voice prompt that Toq already comes with. Other features include AccuWeather data, calendar and stock ticker.

In terms of features, it is indeed superior to Pebble, but the website Information Week opines that it stands behind Galaxy Gear in terms of performance.

The stark feature to be noted is the company’s Mirasol display technology. This means that unlike most of the smart technology we have around today, which turns off the screen when not in use, Toq will remain on with only minimal power consumption.

Qualcomm has been working on this new technology for some years now, which previously had been implemented only in e-books.

Toq can go several days without being charged, and this is significant, especially when you compare it with Galaxy Gear, which lasts only for 24 hours, Pebble, and Sony Smartwatch 2 will go without charge for a couple of days.

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Also, you do not need to plug in Toq to charge as it. Toq uses wireless charging through a charging cradle. Toq uses Qualcomm’s WiPower LE technology for this, although Samsung Galaxy Gear also employs a similar method for charging.

Toq connects to the mobile device via Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, whereas messaging will be operated through Qualcomm’s AllJoyn Notification Services Framework.

The developers are also likely to use this for updates and information.

Paul E Jacobs, chairperson and chief executive officer of Toq says that the smartwatch shows key innovations by Qualcomm such as Mirasol always-on, low-power display, AllJoyn interactions, and WiPower LE wireless charging, that will define the new product.

He also says, as if a traditional watch Toq will display information at once with no switch on and off hassles. Leveraging on these and various other technologies is Qualcomm’s best go at bagging more consumers.

Right now, Qualcomm is selling a limited number of Toq smartwatches. The company has not specified a number. If it sells well enough in this initial stage Qualcomm is sure to come up with more.

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