Upcoming smartwatches 2017: Fitbit, Samsung and more

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Upcoming smartwatches for 2017

We're set to see a big end-of-year for smartwatches, and things are seriously hotting up. Not only are we preparing for a few more Android Wear 2.0 devices from Fossil Group, but we've now also seen Apple, Fitbit and Samsung reveal their latest wares ahead of a release before Christmas.

We've updated our list of the smartwatches that are prime to land this year, along with details of when we can expect to be wearing them. Read on for the state of smartwatch play for the rest of 2017.

Fitbit Ionic

ETA: 1 October 2017

Upcoming smartwatches 2017: Devices to expect this year

The Fitbit Ionic is official, and we now know it will land on 1 October 2017 ready for the Christmas rush. Packed with GPS, advanced heart rate tech and skills like notifications, apps and mobile payments, the Fitbit Ionic is set to go up against the Apple Watch as a fitness forward smartwatch.

Check out Fitbit Ionic first look review for a full run-down of the features – and what you can expect from Fitbit's first smartwatch.

Samsung Gear Sport

ETA: Late 2017

Upcoming smartwatches 2017: Devices to expect this year

For some time we were expecting the Samsung Gear S4 to land at IFA in Berlin, though the Korean giant instead chose to roll with the Samsung Gear Sport moniker to succeed the Gear S3.

The latter was in our highly commended offering in our best smartwatches 2017 guide, though we're still bitter about the chunkiness. And after seeing the Gear Sport up close, we're pleased to see the device go back to a design more in line with the Gear S2.

Samsung still isn't offering an official release date for the new smartwatch, which packs new features like swim tracking and offline Spotify playback, but if last year is anything to go by, this could be as late as November. Get a better look at the upcoming device through our Samsung Gear Sport review.

Misfit Vapor

ETA: October 2017

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After launching the Misfit Phase hybrid smartwatch, the Fossil-owned company turned its attention to a genuine Apple Watch and Samsung Gear rival with the Vapor.

The circular smartwatch features a vibrant 1.39-inch OLED display with a barely visible touch bezel to navigate Android Wear 2.0. There's an optical heart rate monitor and it's waterproof so you can take it for a dip in the pool – although the company has confirmed it will be dropping built-in GPS and sleep tracking.

Misfit was also all set to debut a proprietary operating system with the Vapor, but it instead chose to join the herds turning to Google's Android Wear.

Have a read of our Misfit Vapor hands-on review to see what we make of the sporty smartwatch so far. It's due for release in October so look out for a full review soon.

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 39

ETA: October 2017

Upcoming smartwatches 2017: What to expect from the next-gen wearables

Tag once again teamed up with the folks at Intel and Google to make its Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45. Unfortunately there's only one model, aimed at men, right now. But that is going to change.

Women will have to wait all the way until October for the 39mm Connected Modular. We don't yet know what kind of pricing we can expect for the 39mm, but the 45mm is priced at $1,650. Here's hoping it doesn't miss out on the waterproof design, NFC support and built-in GPS featured on the current Modular smartwatch.

Movado/Hugo Boss/Tommy Hilfiger

ETA: Late 2017

Upcoming smartwatches 2017: What to expect from the next-gen wearables

Movado Group announced a trio of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches earlier this year, including its own model, a Hugo Boss and a Tommy Hilfiger.

The Connect will be Movado's flagship, featuring watch faces inspired by the watchmaker's iconic Museum Dial design and support for Android Pay. It'll launch in the US, UK, Canada and Caribbean for $495.

Hands on: Movado Connect review

The oddly named TH24/7You is Tommy Hilfiger's entrance into the Android Wear game. There's no heart rate monitoring, NFC or GPS though. Instead, it's just Android Wear in a stainless steel case. For $299, to boot.

And then there's the more business-like and classy Hugo Boss Touch, which does come with Android Pay support. It's a little hefty in size. Oh, it also sports a $395 price tag. We still don't have a firm release but we'd expect them to go on sale by the holidays.

Guess/Gc Connect

ETA: Holiday 2017

Upcoming smartwatches 2017: What to expect from the next-gen wearables

Guess and its high-end line Gc will both join the Android Wear party but are taking slightly different design approaches to house Google's smartwatch operating system. While Guess went for variety and loud styles, Gc will play it a little more safe.

Both Connect devices run Android Wear 2.0, but how they run it is the real story. Guess has loud, customisable watch faces. It has a variety of styles you can mix and match. Gc went in the opposite direction. Everything is a little more classy, a little more subdued.

The Guess Connect will launch later this year starting at $300. We don't know how much the Gc Connect, which also launches later this year, will be priced at, but we can certainly expect it to be more than $300.


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21 Comments

  • WhyY says:

    where are the next gens!! I want a smartwatch and start to get impatient...

  • FoxHunter says:

    I prefer smartbands with notifications for texts, calls etc instead of smartwatches,  but the Kairos system with a traditional watch and smart strap/wristband is the way to go for watches. It will help keep costs low, for other makers. You can even have a system where people buy any ordinary watch like they normally do, and then buy after market straps for their traditional analog or digital watches that will have bluetooth and a screen to show texts and calls etc.  Smart watches like Apple Moto, etc are a dead end, too expensive and they don't really offer much in return.  Current wearable manufacturers don't know what people want.  People don't want Apple type smartphones or even fitness trackers, what people really just want is something to tell them if they have received texts or calls, and maybe a way to know who sent that text or call, and in the case of texts, you can even go so far as to be able to read some of it.  Big companies are pushing expensive smartwatches but in the end , it will be the smaller companies that will win.

    • Jamesd says:

      Agreed! ive had countless smart watches and they are amazing however.... they all fail when it comes to battery life.

      i've recently just sold my Gear S2 for a Garmin Vivosmart band and i instantly knew this was the right decision. I get a week of battery out of it and with its strong vibration i never miss a notification. It also displays the relevant info you would want see from a text, call, email and so on. Im not saying functionality wise the band is better than the Gear S2 because its not, but my phone is and when my band shows me something worth while then i'll get my phone out as opposed to managing the notification on my wrist. 

  • mosamjc says:

    I can't help but agree with you about the potential of smartbands against the current backdrop of the contemporary smartwatch, and I'm a Pebble user of over two years who's sold on the concept of the smartwatch. Sometimes you just want a watch that's a watch, but don't want to lose the "in the moment" feeling that a good smartwatch can give you so that you can leave your phone in your pocket or purse without interruption except for the most important notifications (the office, babysitter, home security alert). I think the potential for smartstraps could go beyond just call and message notifications though. Imagine if Fitbit or other fitness tracking firms embraced the idea to integrate their product into a classy watchband that you could add to your favorite time piece or even a smartwatch with more anemic abilities so that you don't have to double up or wear something on each wrist.

    • anonydispostabl says:

      Agreed. 2 year pebble user as well. Love pebble!

  • allben says:

    I like future watches so thanks teams

  • Manasse says:

    Sorry to disagree, but what is the need to have something which is only a reminder ? When I receive an email or a text, my phone either rings or vibrates, I don't need another wearable to tell me exactly the same information: pull out your phone you have messages !

    Instead, with a smartwatch, I no longer need to pull out my phone to read either text or emails, and that makes a big difference. When you're in a meeting, your phone can stay silent and you can glance at your watch to check and read your notifications/messages.

    Manuel

    • rawraj says:

      There are fitness trackers and smartbands that show allows you to read your text messages and even answer or reject calls. You can keep your phone in the car mount and you can answer calls through yourphone. Its difficult looking at your car mount but its easy looking at your watch. There is the huawei band 2and 3 that also acts as a bluetooth ear piece that lets you talk.

  • Rogger_Rabbit says:

    What they need to come out with is a smart watch that doesn't require for you to have your phone close by. Let's say your forgot your phone at home but it's okay because you have your smart watch on that can receive text and calls and you can send out texts and calls or even emails and for the hell of it even browse the web. 

    • chrismacg says:

      Samsung Gear S

    • briwil78 says:

      Yeah, you just described my TMobile Gear S3 Frontier, it can do all those things.

  • adjuster11 says:

    I'm with Manuel on this one.  I've had the Huawei for less than a month, and it's super handy for checking texts, What's app, emails, all while never touching your phone.

    I carry the phone in a holster, yeah I know, old school, but I don't have to reach for it every time.

    You can read it while  you're driving, not recommend but you can and I'm talking with old eyes. Maps, etc needs some work on mine, but it does tell you turn left at Main, etc.

    I'm not a facebook, twitter person, but I can only imagine all those notifications piling in. You'd look like a Kardashian, with your phone in your hand 24 x7 with that many notifications.

    My watch does what I wanted it for, if only they'd light up the speaker, so I get the full Buck Rogers and talk to the watch, even if it's just, I'll call you back, but I can easily see the day when I talk to the watch while driving down the road.

    Since I'm on the road, I have a antenna booster, and my phone sits right on the antenna in the car, and it would be way handy to just talk to the watch rather than holler at the speakerphone. I work in the woods, the real woods with bears.

  • arrow1 says:

    None of those watches matches Samsung Gear S nor the new Chinese smart watch / anroid phone. No one came up with better idea !

  • Guitar187 says:

    Whatever you do stay away from Olio.  The watch does not work anywhere close to how it's advertised, and the company is probably the worst run company I've ever seen.  They should really be prosecuted by the FTC.

  • No1UP says:

    very nice line up... But the Pebble time steel is still running circles around these. No touch screen was my only concern which melted away in about 30 seconds of using my peb.. :)

  • Shoaib344 says:

    that looks great watch 

  • suryakumar1 says:

    Best smart watches next gen upcoming will be have the projection technology I Hope so.

  • LatestOnecom says:

    Having a Smartwatch makes your life so comfortable. In fact you can avoid unlocking your Mobile phone to check whether if there are any important messages or calls when you are busy attending a meeting wearing a Smartwatch. You will definitely love wearing  on your wrist and receiving notifications to your wrist really makes you feel super cool. What not you can listen to music, record, check call history & messages, monitor your sleep and take some lovely photographs using a Smartwatch.

  • Greg says:

    It seems like everyone is sleeping on the Olio Model One. They had a rocky start and some initial launch issues, but the issues are all in the past. I just picked one up and i'm loving it. Its the only smartwatch that actually has the build, materials, and look of an actua timepiece. The OS has a simplicity that compliments your phone rather than trying to replace it. The earlier and later streams work much better than Pebble's timeline. A couple of advertised functions are still in beta, but they likely should be released soon. If you're a professinal looking for a connected device that doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in the boardroom, Olio is the only way to go. 

    • drewvan1 says:

      Only it costs a fortune.

  • drewvan1 says:

    I don't care if I get apps and notifications on my wrist, I just want a nice looking watch that tracks steps, sleep, and heart rate. What looks most promising and can I get it soon?

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