Intex iRist is a budget, Android-powered smartwatch for India

Intex's 3G wearable aims to take a chunk of the Indian smartwatch market
iRist is a budget smartwatch for India

Indian smartphone manufacturer Intex has moved into wearables with its affordable, standalone smartwatch, the iRist.

Announced at the MWC Shanghai expo, the iRist promises to bring a beefy-specced smartwatch to India, with a reasonable price of ₹11,999 (roughly $189).

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Inside the smartwatch's IP65 casing Intex has packed a dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (expandable to 32GB with microSD), a 5MP camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G. The screen is a 1.5-inch 240 x 240 IPS display covered with sapphire glass.

The iRist works as both a tethered smartwatch and a standalone device, allowing you to make calls, send messages and stay connected when your phone is at home.

Interestingly, the iRist runs Android KitKat 4.4.2, not Google's OS for wearables, Android Wear. The smartwatch has access to the Play store but this choice could mean performance and usability problems with such a small screen.

The iRist comes with a pair of Bluetooth earphones and will be available in black, orange and pink. It's expected to launch in the coming months in retailers in India but for everyone else getting hold of one might be a job for eBay.

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