Swatch smartwatch to boast 'revolutionary battery'

Company CEO outlines 2016 plans that also include next-gen car power
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The long running saga of the Swatch smartwatch has taken another turn, with the company's outspoken CEO Nick Hayek telling a Swiss newspaper that a "revolutionary battery" will arrive in 2016.

Bizarrely, the new battery tech isn't just for smartwatches, but cars as well. We're guessing he means different sized ones.

"Whoever brings a battery for a smartwatch to the market that you don't need to charge for six months has a competitive advantage," Hayek told Handelszeitung.

"We're working intensively on this problem with our research group Belenos and battery producer Renata. Next year we will come to the market with a revolutionary battery, not only for watches but also for automobiles."

Essential reading: Top smartwatches for 2015

Last month we told you how Hayek had hinted that the first true Swatch smartwatch (the volleyball-focused Touch Zero One doesn't really count) would arrive in May.

Reports claimed there will be two models; the first to arrive being a watch with NFC capabilities to handle payments and open hotel doors. A watch with Bluetooth for displaying alerts and news from a smartphone is purportedly due later in the summer.

"We are not going to transform and put the mobile phone on the wrist," Hayek said. "Let the others do it. Samsung did it, Sony did it. Everybody does it."

The Swatch smartwatches are said to be both Android and Windows Phone compatible.

Source: Reuters

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