​Alexa powered CoWatch smartwatch is now available to buy

Big hitting smartwatch up for grabs on Amazon
CoWatch smartwatch now available

CoWatch, the Amazon Alexa boasting smartwatch, is available to buy after successfully completing its Indiegogo campaign earlier this year. You can now pick up the silver model for $279 with the black model priced in at $299. To put that in perspective, the Huawei Watch costs $349.

The CoWatch is built by IMCO and runs Cronologics OS, a fully fledged Android-based smartwatch operating system. Cronologics is a start-up featuring former Android and Android Wear developers, including Leor Stern, who spent 10 years at Google and more recently IFTTT.

Wareable verdict: CoWatch in-depth review

Down to brass tacks the CoWatch is a fully featured round-faced smartwatch, featuring an AMOLED 400 x 400 display with a pixel density of 286ppi. It's impressive stuff that matches most Android Wear watches pixel for pixel.

The case itself is constructed from stainless steel and ceramic, which means there's no plastic on the watch body at all.

Inside, there's a 1.2GHz Ingenic M200 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, double what's provided in most smartwatches.

It's all highly impressive, but it's perhaps the presence of Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant that really impresses most. We were treated to a demonstration of Alexa in action prior to its crowdfunding campaign, which boasts Siri-like functionality from the wrist, including scheduling reminders, calling or messaging contacts, retrieving web queries and of course, adding stuff to your Amazon shopping list.

IMCO CoWatch
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The CoWatch isn't short of sensors either. All the usual accelerometer and gyroscopes are onboard, as well as a heart rate sensor for activity tracking. But there's no GPS for real sports – which kind of makes sense given the high-end design and the fact that the CoWatch comes with options for leather and Milanese bands. Hardly sporty.

And the final boast concerns battery life. The company claims it works for 32 hours with an always-on display and three days in low power mode, where the screen turns off when not in use.

CoWatch raised almost $300,000 back in June on Indiegogo offering early backers the offer to bag one for just $159. So it's a quick turnaround to give everyone the opportunity to buy one.

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5 Comments

  • Gadgety says:

    "there's no GPS for real sports – which kind of makes sense given the high-end design and the fact that the CoWatch comes with options for leather and Milanese bands."

    I completely disagree. GPS can be very handy, it's not only for sports. 

    "...featuring an AMOLED 400 x 400 display with a pixel density of 286PPI...It's impressive stuff that blows pretty much all the existing Android Wear crop out of the water."

    Like the Huawei AMOLED 400x400 286ppi display, then? I guess it doesn't blow it out of the water.... and the Huawei has sapphire glass, and a speaker.

    To put it in perspective, I got the Huawei for $280 including sales tax. And it's available now.

  • j.stables says:

    We're all very pleased that you're happy with your Huawei Watch. :-)

  • JRS234 says:

    Good article. It will be interesting to see how Google will react to this product when it finally arrives. I am a huge android wear fan, but if this watch offers a more well rounded watch OS, i might seriously consider it instead of the next android wear device. Wish there were more pics in this article though. But looks promising :)

  • www says:

    I will admit I don't know much about Alexa, and I have never used her. But every video I've seen featuring Alexa notes that she is better for in-home use rather than on-the-go use, like Siri is for example. 

  • danny_mcfarland says:

    I'm really considering this watch. I love the aesthetic appeal and uniqueness. The only thing that's stopping me is the fact that it doesn't have a smart alarm option. Is there a plan to incorporate a smart alarm feature in the near future?

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