The week in wearable tech

IFA 2015: All the main headlines from the big Berlin expo
The week in wearable tech

IFA 2015 has come and gone and the wearable world is all the more richer for it.

We saw a wealth of new Android Wear smartwatches launched at the big Berlin tech show, along with some cool new running tech and some slick looking smart home devices.

Read on for all the news...

Moto 360 2 finally arrives

After months of speculation, Lenovo finally made the next generation Moto 360 official. The fashion version of the watch comes in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm, with three different strap sizes. It comes in an absolute wealth of colours and finishes and you can even switch the bezels around.

The Moto 360 Sport, a rubberised version of the smartwatch, packs built-in GPS and a special hybrid LED display that's easily readable outdoors.

Smartwatch showdown: Samsung Gear S2 vs Moto 360 2

The new Moto 360 is available to pre-order now in the US, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Pricing ranges from $299.99 to $429.99. It launches in the UK later this month, starting at £229.

Make sure you check out our Moto 360 2015 edition hands-on review.

Samsung Gear S2 steals the show

While the Moto 360 sequel may have been the highest profile Android Wear smartwatch on show in Berlin, the biggest impact was caused by the Samsung Gear S2.

Announced before the show, we were able to get our hands on the Tizen thing of beauty for the first time and boy were we impressed. Take a look at our Gear S2 hands-on to find out why.

Samsung also had some interesting smart home tech news - the Korean company has revamped its SmartThings Hub and announced it will be launching in the UK next week.

Finally, Samsung revealed it is getting into sleep tracking with its SleepSense sensor. The sleep monitoring device goes underneath your mattress and Samsung claims it is 97% accurate at tracking the quality of your sleep.

Huawei Watch launch details emerge

Huawei's much anticipated Huawei Watch is now on sale in most of western Europe and pre-orders in the US have also kicked off.

The premium Android Wear watch, which works with both iOS and Android, starts at €399 in Europe, going up to €699. In the US it's $349 for the stainless steel body and leather strap, rising to $799 for the rose gold-plated Watch. Huawei's first smartwatch will get a later release in the UK, Japan and the UAE in October.

We will be intrigued to see how many Huawei can shift at this hefty price-tag without the brand power of Apple.

Asus ZenWatch 2 gets priced up

IFA also treated us to the price and launch date details for Asus' second stab at the Android Wear market. The Taiwanese company revealed that it will hit shelves in October for a very impressive €149.

The ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes - one measuring 49 x 41mm with a 22mm strap, and a 45 x 37mm model with an 18mm strap. Asus also revealed that the line-up will come in three colours and 18 different strap options.

We got our paws on a swanky all-black affair at the show and we were pretty impressed. It could be the best budget option yet.

TomTom adds the tunes

TomTom took the covers off its new sports watch, the TomTom Spark, at its press conference in Berlin. The Spark adds music to your workouts, and blends multisport GPS tracking, 24/7 activity monitoring with 4GB of memory.

It comes with support for iTunes and MP3 music, and works with Bluetooth headphones to bring the beats to your workouts.


To catch up with all the news from Berlin in full check out our dedicated IFA hub page.

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