Dutch brand Burg are to launch their first smartwatch to the UK market at the Ideal Home Show this Christmas .
Burg will be giving product demonstrations of their, curiously named, Hong Kong SmartWatch on one of the stands there, with the company eager to promote its ability to carry a SIM card. Existing, competing products such as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear require you to partner with your mobile device.
The Hong Kong SmartWatch allows you to make and take calls, send and receive messages, listen to music, take photos, record videos and access most of your phone’s functions without having to put your hands in your pocket.
Cutting the cord.The smartwatch also gives the option of hooking up to your phone via Bluetooth, if preferred, but the cord-cutting flexibility feature is a welcome one. Burg claims the device has four days battery life, with a talk time of two to three hours. The device can also be paired to other Bluetooth devices such as car stereos or headphones.The keyboard might be fiddly but there is a stylus tucked away.
They’ve even managed to squeeze a full QWERTY touchscreen keyboard on to the 1.54-inch screen so it will be interesting to see how that works out in practice, for those with less ladylike fingers. There is also a stylus pen included, which is tucked away neatly into the strap, to provide extra precision while typing. Naturally the ‘Hong Kong’ also features an integrated microphone and speaker for making and taking calls.
The built-in music player features all the standard transport functions and there’s a 1.3 megapixel camera for some quick snaps. The camera features night and day modes as well as white balance, exposure and anti-flicker control settings. File compatibility for photos is JPEG only with MP4, for video, and MP3 for audio files also supported.
Price is lower than the Galaxy Gear.The device can take up to 16GB of external memory storage via micro SD and other features include an alarm, a calculator, a calendar and GPRS capabilities.
Just like the Galaxy Gear, the Burg Hong Kong Smartwatch isn’t cheap but priced at £259.99, it is a little less than Samsung’s device and would seem to offer much greater flexibility.
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