As 2016 draws to a close, most of the big names have shown their smartwatch hands. The Apple Watch Series 2 is upon us with its renewed focus on fitness, and we've seen Android Wear releases from Nixon, Casio and Polar.
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However, those looking to buy a smartwatch this Christmas may have their eyes drawn by the devices below. With the latest smartwatches from Samsung, Pebble, HTC and Blocks still missing from stores, we've updated our watchlist of MIA devices to help you make the right decision about your smartwatch purchase.
Here's the latest state of the smartwatch union.
Samsung Gear S3: ETA October/November
We know everything about the Samsung Gear S3 thanks to its grand unveiling at IFA 2016. We know that the beefed up Gear S3 boasts a 1.3-inch screen with a 46mm body using its predecessor's 360 x 360 super AMOLED always-on screen. It's also packed with sensors, with GPS, altimeter, barometer and speedometer added to an optical heart rate sensor for beefed up sport creds. It comes in two flavours – Classic and Frontier – with an LTE version headed for Asia and the US. However, Samsung is still keeping us in the dark about a release date and global pricing.
Pebble Time 2: ETA November
In the words of Pebble, the Time 2 is for the "active professional". Available in marine grade stainless steel, the Time 2 combines a silicone strap with a stainless steel buckle for a quick release mechanism making it easier to swap in other bands.
The Time 2 boasts an e-paper 228 x 200 1.5-inch display, covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a built-in microphone for voice notes and replies, while Pebble has also said that Smartstraps will be supported. Heart rate monitoring is also on board.
The Time 2 runs on Pebble OS with the same ARM Cortex M7 processor found inside the first Time powering performance. There's no Wi-Fi or GPS, but it'll still work with both iPhones and Android devices. It costs $199.99.
Hands on: Pebble Time 2 review
Blocks: ETA December
One of the watches we most want to get our hands on is the Blocks modular smartwatch. It was set to start shipping in May 2016 to backers of its Kickstarter campaign but that date has now slipped a few months… sigh.
The core Blocks smartwatch module runs Android Marshmallow and features a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display. Qualcomm's low power Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor is on board and there's 4GB of memory plus 512MB of RAM, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wi-Fi and sensors for activity tracking.
The extra Blocks modules are made from polycarbonate and their maximum dimensions are 25 x 31 x 8mm. It costs $330 with four modules of your choice. Extra modules are $35.
Hands-on: Blocks smartwatch review
Asus ZenWatch 3: ETA November
Packing a 400 x 400 AMOLED screen into a 1.39-inch case adorned in rose gold, gunmetal and silver, Asus' latest smartwatch is a big play for the high end.
Essential reading:Asus ZenWatch 3 guide
Rocking Android Wear, the ZenWatch 3 will certainly catch the eye of those weighing up the Huawei Watch or latest Fossil smartwatches this Christmas, especially given its attractive $229 price tag. And it's set to go on sale this November.
HTC/Under Armour: ETA who knows?
The HTC smartwatch rumours continue to rumble and the latest murmurs pointed towards an Android Wear device, dubbed the HTC One Watch, launching the end of June. But it looks as if that date has slipped… again. According to @evleaks, it was was originally going to launch in April.
The rumour mill is cooking up murmurs of an all-round display, as per the Huawei Watch, with a 360 x 360 resolution. Still, that's pretty much all we know, leaving this one a bit more of a mystery.
Xiaomi smartwatch: ETA US unknown
Not quite the Android Wear-toting budget smartwatch of our dreams, the Amazfit Watch from Xiaomi and Huami runs its own custom OS, and works with Android devices running the Mii Fit app. At 799 Yuan – around $120 – you've got a cheaply-priced, fitness-focused smartwatch.
How do we know all this? Well unlike the other anticipated devices in this list, the Amazfit Watch is already out in China. There's no word of a US/UK launch, so fingers crossed that Xiaomi still has something bigger up its sleeve.
New Balance Android Wear: ETA December
The as-yet unnamed device is set to boast GPS and built-in storage for smartphone-free music listening, and is being built in collaboration with Intel and Google, which will put it head-to-head with the new Moto 360 Sport.
It will be the first device created from NB's all-new Digital Sports, which is focused on "athlete focused digital ecosystems." The release was set for 'holidays 2016' so don't hold out on seeing this before December.
Additional words by Sophie Charara.
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