Michael Kors has unveiled a refresh to its Access Sofie women's smartwatch, bringing activity tracking and contactless payment smarts to the fore.
The 2019 model brings Michael Kors into line with the rest of the sub-brands operating through the Fossil Group, such as Emporio Armani and Skagen, with the Access Sofie 2.0 essentially acting as more of an update as opposed to an entirely new generation.
However, the upgrade is still significant. The stylish design of the original has largely been maintained, but it now comes featuring a heart rate monitor and GPS to aid workouts through Google Fit.
The addition of the latter means that the watch can now track the likes of outdoor runs without a connected smartphone being nearby. This is bolstered by 3ATM water resistance, too, making the Access Sofie 2.0 splash-proof and able to track swim workouts in shallow depths.
A built-in NFC chip will also allow for purchases to be made from the wrist through Google Pay - again, without the need for a phone to be connected.
However, one thing that's been kept on from the original Sofie is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset running the operation. Michael Kors, unlike some other recent Wear additions, has instead decided to forego the new 3100 chip.
Pricing and availability details aren't yet known for the 2019 Access Sofie, though we do know it's not the only Michael Kors smartwatch getting an update. The company also announced that it will soon release three new color variations of its Access Runway smartwatch, making it available in black, gold, stainless steel/pink, stainless steel/rose gold and stainless steel/gold.
We've asked Fossil Group for more details regarding the Michael Kors Access Sofie update, but stay tuned for our hands on with the upcoming smartwatch from the CES 2019 show floor.
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