2017 is set to be a big year for smartwatches. Android Wear 2.0 is finally set to land, 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.
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Some companies have already laid out their plans while others are just hoping to get those MIA devices out after delaying them in 2016. 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.
Blocks: ETA March 2017
One of the watches we most want to get our hands on is the Blocks modular smartwatch. It was set to start shipping in May 2016 to backers of its Kickstarter campaign, then the date slipped to December, and then again to early 2017. Now, the first batches are starting to ship, but if you pre-order one now (yes, it's still a pre-order) you may be waiting a while before your unit arrives.
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The core Blocks smartwatch module runs Android Marshmallow and features a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display. Qualcomm's low power Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor is on board and there's 4GB of memory plus 512MB of RAM, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wi-Fi and sensors for activity tracking.
The extra Blocks modules are made from polycarbonate and their maximum dimensions are 25 x 31 x 8mm. It costs $330 with four modules of your choice. Extra modules are $35.
Tag Heuer Connected 2: ETA March 2017
The Swiss watch maker is set to unveil its second Tag Heuer Connected this March. According to an early report, the Tag Connected Modular will have customisable lugs and a custom automatic watch head module, meaning you'll be able to switch between Android Wear 2.0 and a more traditional automatic movement.
The Android Wear 2.0-running smartwatch will also come in two flavours, with a smaller version aimed at women, according company's CEO Jean-Claude Biver. Expect a range of styles and colours too and, hopefully, a nice boost to the battery life.
Swarvoski Android Wear: ETA March 2017
Yes, we are set to see an Android Wear smartwatch for women this year after Qualcomm announced it'll be powering the device.
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.
Huawei Watch 2: April 2017
Huawei has taken the wraps off not one, but two new smartwatches. Like LG, it's going for sporty and classic versions of the Huawei Watch 2, which both come in at a rather chunky 12.6mm thick. However the Classic takes 22mm straps while the sportier Watch 2 fits 20mm bands.
One of the big new things is that they both come running Android Wear 2.0, along with Huawei's fitness software that includes GPS and GLONASS for tracking your runs. The sportier model also offers an LTE option, allowing you be completely untethered from your phone when pounding the pavements.
International pricing is yet to be announced, but we know the non-4G Huawei Watch 2 costs €329, the 4G Watch 2 is €379 and the stainless steel Watch 2 Classic is €399. Check out our Huawei Watch 2 hands-on review for impressions and more details.
Casio WSD-F20: April 2017
Casio's second generation Android Wear smartwatch is still a rugged, connected timepiece but now it's a much better fit for outdoor adventurers.
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That's because it finally includes built-in GPS, which let's you track routes sans smartphone. It also unlocks new features including GPS-enabled watch faces and the ability to lay markers if you want to revisit a memorable spot on your travels.
It crams in all of the same sensors found in the original, but in a slimmer body and now supports colour maps, even in offline mode. It's set to cost $500 making it by far the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch you can wrap around your wrist.
Misfit Vapor: ETA 2017
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 Misfit's proprietary operating system. 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 is still refining the Vapor's OS, so you can expect the $199 smartwatch to launch later in 2017.
Have a read of our Misfit Vapor hands on to see what we make of the sporty smartwatch so far.
Fitbit smartwatch: ETA 2017
Exactly what Fitbit has in store for its smartwatch, we don't know, but we've done a bit of digging and found some answers in our Fitbit smartwatch investigation. We know it's coming this year; we know it will have some Pebble DNA coursing through its veins, now Fitbit has bought the company; and we know it's going to be a more serious beast than the Fitbit Blaze.
Fitbit CEO James Park has 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. We expect it to do payments too, given that Fitbit also bought startup Coin in 2016.
ZTE Android Wear: ETA 2017
Who said Android Wear was dead? ZTE USA CEO Lixin Cheng has confirmed that the company is planning to launch its first Android Wear smartwatch in 2017.
We don't have a lot of specifics of what to expect, but it's likely to have LTE connectivity support to work as a standalone device. So you can leave that smartphone behind.
Cheng has also hinted that battery life will exceed what is currently on offer by the current crop of Android Wear watches. If it looks anything like the ZTE Axon watch (above) and can deliver great battery life, then this could definitely be one to keep an eye on.
Let us know what smartwatch you are most excited about in the comment section below.
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