Large electronics groups are in the running to offer connected watches that could interest millions of users, forcing compromises that affect functionality and price.
At the same time, some more modest players can afford to explore further the concept of connected watch not as a simple companion of a smartphone but truly as a autonomous connected object.
The watch Neptune Pine had already given an idea of ??what could become of connected watches in the long term by taking the decision to integrate a real micro-phone in a bracelet format. With the new project Neptune Duo, the exploration of the concept goes even further by offering an autonomous connected watch bracelet associated with a Pocket Screen also serving as an auxiliary battery.
In this diagram, it is the watch which constitutes the main device while the Pocket Screen is a companion device connected to it. In this duo, the watch is baptized Neptune hub and offers a touch display 2.4 inch, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and 3G / 4G connectivity, as well as a GPS module.
A quadcore processor is present on board, with 64 GB of storage space and motion sensors, and everything is powered by a 1000 mAh battery and managed by Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Neptune Hub watch can therefore accommodate Android apps as offered on smartphones.
The companion, baptized Pocket screen, is a device resembling a smartphone and using a 5 inch screen in HD resolution, with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front. It has a solid 2800 mAh battery but it does not have cellular connectivity.
The Neptune Duo set will not be available before the end of 2015 and the device, in addition to its size, has a certain cost: it will cost 798 dollars to reserve it, unless you pay a variable sum in advance which will reduce the final price.