ZTE's first Android Wear smartwatch could be edging closer to an official unveiling after a series of images have surfaced that appear to give us our first proper look at the device.
The folks at Android Police have been sent new info and pics of the watch we're pretty sure will be called the ZTE Quartz after the name passed through the FCC back in February.
Aside from the pics, the Quartz will be packing a metal design with tick marks on the bezel and one physical button. In terms of features, it seems that a heart rate sensor won't be included and NFC doesn't make the cut either so it can't be used with Android Pay to make payments from the wrist. We do know it will use a charging cradle to power it back up, but have no idea what the battery will be able to muster in terms of stamina.
In terms of connectivity there'll be 3G, which was previously confirmed by The Android Soul. They spotted a device with the model name ZW10 had recently been awarded a Bluetooth SIG certificate. Under the description section it revealed that the certificate was for a smartwatch that will support 3G connectivity.
ZTE Quartz smartwatch story so far...
We know something is definitely coming because ZTE had already confirmed it was working on its first Android Wear smartwatch for release later in 2017 and hinted that it would work as a standalone device, which would back up the 3G support. The company said it already had a US network lined up and that it would come with LTE so don't need your phone with you.
Lixin Cheng, ZTE USA's CEO, also hinted that we can expect a battery life that's better than the current crop of Android Wear watches but still within a slim watch body.
Serial leakster Evan Blass managed to get hold of leaked marketing materials giving us a press picture of the smartwatch (image above), showing off that round watch design and metal finish for the first time.
The use of the name Quartz is interesting as this is also the name of a smartphone ZTE launched in 2015. We guess it's just particularly fond of that word.
To give you an idea of ZTE's previous form, the Axon Watch debuted in Europe at MWC 2016 but has been on sale in China since late 2015. It runs the Chinese Tencent TOS+ platform, has a round, 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 sapphire-coated display and a 300mAh battery.
Android Wear 2.0 is a hot topic right now and we've already seen a host of new smartwatches packing the OS upgrade including the LG Watch Sport and Style, Huawei Watch 2 and luxury models from Tag Heuer and Montblanc. It's shaping up to be a big year for the platform.
Source: Android Police
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