Think it’s time to upgrade your traditional watch and put a smartwatch on your wrist? Here are the smartwatches worth paying attention to this year.
Smart watches are currently the most popular technology in the market and there are many new devices in the market that you can enjoy.
At the beginning of 2022, there were quite a few interesting devices on our wrists. Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS and of course the Apple Watch Series 7, which is still the leading device among smartwatches.
Let’s take a look at which ones we can look forward to the most this year.
Google Pixel Watch (not yet confirmed)
Expected release date: Q2 2022
The rumors of this smartwatch never subsided and with the Google takeover of Fitbit, such speculation has resurfaced.
The latest information leaked to the public suggests that the watch will be called the Google Pixel Watch, and the screen above is based on what the smartwatch should look like.
Thanks to John Prosser, the rumors broke out again. He’s released photos to the market that confirm his photos above – and they say the “Pixel Watch” name is still up and running. He expects to see the Pixel Watch in the second quarter of 2022 after a delay due to a lack of chips.
A version of Wear OS 3.0 is also expected to appear in the second quarter of 2022, which makes the whole thing seem totally reasonable.
Skagen Falster Gen 6
Expected release date: January 2022
The Skagen Falster Gen 6 is Fossil’s first “unisex” smartwatch – the case size has been reduced from 44mm to a smaller 41mm.
Sure, previous generations of Falsters loved men and women in style, but the smaller 41mm case will be music to the ears of those with little wrists.
The watch has a 1.28-inch AMOLED display, 8GB of memory, 3ATM water resistance, and at its core is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100+ processor.
It is available in six versions: silver, charcoal, rose gold, and black. All models have a 20 mm mesh strap, leather and silicone straps are also available.
In terms of basic functionality, the watch is just like what you’d expect from Fossil Wear OS. A health and fitness monitor and heart rate monitor are available with a SpO2 option and a GPS chip.
Garmin Fenix 7
Expected release date: January 2022
Garmin’s flagship sports watch looks ready for a refresh, so Garmin has released a new Fenix 7 watch along with a revamped Garmin Epix update that brings the power of a full-screen AMENED Fenix watch.
The main changes are:
- Fenix 7 with touch screen and button control
- New TopoActive mapping and GNSS support for more accurate GPS
- Live endurance tracking during exercise
- Solar is twice as efficient and is now available in a solid sapphire version
- Fenix 7/7S/7X models
- The new Garmin Epix (Gen 2) is a Fenix 7X with a 1.3-inch AMOLED display
This is a temporary update, but it’s still a welcome update.
Huawei watch d
Expected release date: Already released in China
Huawei Watch D is the latest watch from Huawei that puts the health of the user first. Monitoring blood pressure and ECG are the most important functions – although blood pressure monitoring is arranged using inflatable bracelets that clip under the belt, which is a rather unusual design.
The Huawei Watch D features a TruSeen 5.0 PPG heart rate monitor with eight LEDs and a SpO2 sensor, and the user can monitor conditions such as atherosclerosis, arrhythmia and sleep apnea.
The design of the D watch uses a large 1.64 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 456 x 280 pixels and 326 pixels per inch and is IP68 water and dust resistant. There are 70 built-in ways to track sports activities.
Given the necessary regulatory consensus, it seems unlikely that Watch D will go global, but it will likely also land in Europe.
Expected release date: second half of the year
It’s not a smartwatch, but the Movano episode, which was presented at CES 2022, certainly piqued our interest.
It’s mainly for women, so it’s more elegant than anything we’ve seen so far. Oura 3 does not look bad, but it is noticeable and very strong on the fingers – women find it difficult to hold it. We have to test the loop in action to get a real sense of what the company has achieved in terms of design, but the fact that the imperfect loop looks a lot more interesting than some of the other competitors.
Movano Ring measures heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep, respiratory rate, temperature and blood oxygen.
Moto watch 100
Expected release date: second half of the year
The Moto 360 is back again – this time in the form of the Moto Watch 100.
CE Brands (a company that licenses and reintroduces a trusted brand) is behind the release of the device – two years after a failed attempt to bring back the Moto 360.
This time it’s a different product with a $99 price tag, a 14-day battery life, and a custom operating system. It has a 1.3-inch LCD screen (not AMOLED, which is ubiquitous now) with an average resolution of 360 x 360.
In the field of sports and fitness, this is an important innovation. There are 26 sports profiles available, and a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor are also expected to monitor blood oxygen. Unfortunately there is no GPS.
The solid price justifies the many shortcomings in display technology and GPS, but we don’t yet have an assessment of the performance of the dedicated OS.
Oppo Watch for free
Estimated release date: October 2021 (China)
The Oppo Watch Free joins the current Oppo Watch and is designed to be a cheaper and sportier smartwatch than the Oppo Watch (and Oppo Watch 2). However, like the Oppo Watch 2, it is currently only announced for China.
It is similar to the Huawei Watch Fit, it has a high rectangular shape, a 1.64-inch AMOLED screen, 2.5D curved glass, and a density of 326 pixels.
The heart rate monitor has a SpO2 function, which means it also provides data on oxygen in the blood. 100 sports profiles are available, although there is no built-in GPS. There’s also a strong focus on sleep monitoring, so Oppo has added snoring monitoring to its standard sleep duration and quality control.
Honor Watch GS3
Estimated release date: Announced in China only
Honor officially unveiled its new smartwatch Honor Watch GS 3 in China, and this news came with an official announcement on Weib, accompanied by a lot of images, but little information about the specifications or features.
The post on Weib shows a number of belts – gold, silver and metal with many different leather belts. The only known detail is that the Watch GS 3 will have an “eight-channel PPG heart rate monitor” which, according to the company, is enhanced by an artificial intelligence processor.
It’s a generic display, so live things can (and usually are) look less impressive – but the Watch GS 3 certainly catches the eye in terms of the thickness and absence of the bezel.
We’ll keep an eye on events around the clock, but since it’s not yet released in China, it may take some time before it appears in the US/Europe (if any).
Realme Watch 2
Expected release date: Already on sale in Malaysia, global release date not yet known
Now the Realme Watch 2 is finally out and the wallet-friendly case wants to incorporate more features than its predecessor, which was introduced in early 2020.
It has a square shape and a 1.4 inch TFT 320 x 320 TFT touch screen. Up to 90 sport modes are available, an optical heart rate monitor and a SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels. It also promises up to 12 days of battery life.
It should be noted that this device will only work with Android phones. It’s on sale in Malaysia for about $55.
Zepp with titanium with ECG
Estimated release date: already on sale in China, global release date not yet known
Huami, which also makes Amazfit watches, unveiled the Zepp E Square and Zepp E Circle watches in November, followed by the more luxurious look of the Zepp Z watch that you can see above.
Since then, the Zepp Z model has been announced in China, which includes a coveted feature in the form of an ECG sensor. This means that it can rival devices from Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and Huawei, as it offers medical heart rate measurements in order to detect heart disorders.
Like its ECG-containing competitors, it is currently only available in China, so it is not yet known if it will be used elsewhere, as it will have to obtain the appropriate regulatory approval to offer the functionality.