Upcoming smartwatches 2017: Devices to expect this year

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Upcoming smartwatches for 2017

2017 is set to be a big year for smartwatches. Android Wear 2.0 has finally landed, we're expecting to see even more hybrid smartwatches, and you can bet your money we'll be seeing follow-ups to the Apple Watch Series 2 and the Samsung Gear S3. Hey, we might even finally see a Fitbit smartwatch.

Some companies have already laid out their plans while others are just hoping to get those MIA devices out after delaying them in 2016.

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We've updated our watchlist of the smartwatches that are set to land this year, along with details of when we can expect to be wearing them.

Here's the state of smartwatch play for 2017.

Movado/Hugo Boss/Tommy Hilfiger

ETA: August 2017

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

Movado Group recently announced a trio of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, including its very own, 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 US, UK, Canada and Caribbean for $495.

Hands on: Movado Connect review

The strangely 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.

Misfit Vapor

ETA: Late Summer 2017

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After launching the Misfit Phase hybrid smartwatch, the Fossil-owned company has 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 built-in GPS, an optical heart rate monitor and it's waterproof so you can take it for a dip in the pool. Unlike Misfit's fitness trackers though, battery life is just a couple of days.

Misfit was 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.

Fitbit smartwatch

ETA: Fall 2017

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

Recent reports have revealed some details of what we can expect from Fitbit's first smartwatch and we've done our own bit of digging and found some answers in our Fitbit smartwatch investigation. We're expecting it to land in the fall (yes, that rumoured Apple Watch Series 3 launch time) with a design that follows in the footsteps of the Fitbit Blaze.

Read this: Samsung Gear S4 - The story so far

Other rumoured features include waterproofing, GPS, a colour display, heart rate monitor and a built-in music player to store and stream music. We can expect payments too given that Fitbit also bought startup Coin in 2016.

Fitbit CEO James Park has already confirmed that the company is going to launch an app store, so we can expect this thing to be more akin to the Apple Watch.

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 €1,600. Here's hoping it doesn't miss out on the waterproof design, NFC support and built-in GPS featured on the current Modular smartwatch.

Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist

ETA: Fall 2017

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

Fossil Group is going big on smartwatches this year and is sticking with Android Wear for the Q Venture and Q Explorist.

First impressions: Fossil Q Venture review

The pair are Fossil's slimmest smartwatches to date – there are no specifics but they will certainly be slimmer than the 13.5mm Q Wander – yet they don't hold back on features. Screen tech looks to have been upgraded to lose the flat-tyre at the bottom, while the watches also boast AMOLED screens to show off "millions" of branded dials, according to Fossil.

The pair will be available from autumn 2017, though pricing is not yet known.

Michael Kors Access Sofie & Grayson

ETA: Holiday 2017

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

Michael Kors dropped a pair of Android Wear-powered smartwatches at Baselworld 2017. There's the Access Grayson, aimed at men, and the Access Sofie, aimed at women.

The Sofie is slimmer and sleeker, with an embellished bezel and smaller lugs. The Grayson is beefier and all metal. Both watches will sport interchangeable bands. There'll also be a special micro-app called My Social, which lets you customize watch faces with snaps from your Instagram.

Other than that, we don't have too much info on the latest Access watches. Pricing is yet to be revealed.

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 played it a little more safe.

Both Connects run Android Wear 2.0, but how they run it is the real story. Guess has loud, customizable watch faces. It has a variety of styles you can mix and match. Gc, again, 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 launch for, but we can certainly expect it to be more than $300.

Diesel On

ETA: Late 2017

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

The Diesel On touchscreen formed part of Fossil Group's mass unveiling at Baselworld, and is potentially the most exciting of the pack to rock Android Wear 2.0.

Under the hood, the watch will feature Snapdragon Wear 2100, with the AMOLED screen described as 'high-resolution'.

The device also takes advantage of Google's software to provide users with filters and micro-apps. The former will essentially add gimmicky overlays to enrich the experience - one, for example, shows a screen cracking animation the more notifications you receive while in 'do not disturb' mode. One thing we don't know yet: pricing.

Emporio Armani Connected

ETA: September 2017

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

After Fossil launched it's first Armani hybrid watches in 2016, it's now giving the designer brand an Android Wear makeover with the Armani Connected collection.

Bearing a strong resemblance to last year's connected timepieces, the iOS and Android-friendly Connected features a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, a high resolution AMOLED touchscreen display and will also bring branded micro-apps to the table.

Set to be available in a host of different shades and with interchangeable straps, we're still waiting on confirmation of how much they're going to cost, but we'd fully expect it to come in somewhere around the £300 mark.

Swarovoski Android Wear

ETA: 2017

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We were all set to see an Android Wear smartwatch for women this year at after Qualcomm announced it'll be powering a Swarovski smartwatch.

But that wasn't to be as Swarovski announced before the show it wasn't ready to debut its "smart device initiative." The company was keen to make sure you didn't think it was Qualcomm or Google's fault. It just doesn't think it's ready for primetime yet.

The cut crystal specialist is no stranger to the world of wearables, having already partnered with Misfit for the Swarovski Shine fitness tracker and teamed up with Samsung, Polar and Huawei in the past for special editions of its wearables.

We have no idea what the Swarovski Android Wear smartwatch is going to look like, and now we don't really know when we can expect it. Hopefully we'll get an update before the end of 2017.

What about the rumour mill?

Samsung Gear S4

Although there's no official word on the status of the Gear S4, we're all looking for a September announcement at IFA in Berlin. The Gear S2 and Gear S3 both popped up at the show, and there's no denying that the platform could use a partial refresh.

While the Gear S3 is our highly commended offering in our best smartwatches 2017 guide, we're still bitter about the chunkiness. We're sure a more svelte build would be a big part of the Gear S4, as well as Bixby support, Samsung's new digital assistant.

Chances of a 2017 release: Good

Apple Watch Series 3

All eyes are on September for an Apple Watch 3 release, although we're not confident a new smartwatch out of Cupertino will materialise. The company has got great traction with its waterproof and GPS-toting Series 2, and the latest round of rumoured improvements don't seem to have the same impact.

Those include a better screen, FaceTime camera (the rumour that just won't die), a slimmer build and battery improvements. However, LTE or tether-busting connectivity would certainly be a Series 3 worthy change – as would a round Apple Watch. We can dream, can't we?

Chances of a 2017 release: Don't bet on it


  • 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.


    • 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

  • 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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