GEAK Watch, the smartwatch brand backed by China’s leading online gaming company Shanda, unveiled its long-awaited GEAK Watch 2 this week. The new smartwatch is available in standard and Pro versions, and pre-orders for the gadgets are being taken on the company’s website for RMB1,999 (around US$327) and RMB2,499, respectively.
Powered by Android 4.3-enabled GEAK Watch OS, GEAK Watch 2 sports a 1.7-inch 320 x 320 circular display, Bluetooth 4.0 (2.3 in the basic model), 2.4GHz WiFi , 384MB RAM, 2GB memory, as well as a heart rate monitor and voice control functionality. (The last two features are on the Pro version only.) The smartwatch uses interchangeable 24mm leather straps, making it compatible with standard straps for traditional watches.
The TF Screen adopted by GEAK Watch 2 utilises an e-ink display effect when in standby mode. This battery-saving function allows an impressive battery life of fifteen days for the standard and eighteen days for the Pro version. Users can switch to the high-definition display mode by pressing the power button. (as shown in the picture above)
The small smartwatch screen limits the sophistication of input methods. To solve this problem, GEAK Watch 2 has adopted a Q9 input keyboard as shown below. If a user wants to input letter “E”, he can press “DEF” button first and then select “E”. Although users therefore have to press two buttons to enter one letter, Xu Peng, CEO of GEAK Smart Wearables, thinks typing efficiency is improved if users can type more accurately.
In addition, GEAK Watch 2 users can input their smartphone or tablet content first and sync them to the smartwatch, if that is more efficient.
The company has also rolled out an APP Store to induce designers and developers to make killer apps for the product.
A nice surprise for customers is that GEAK Watch 1 users who made the purchase in 2013 can exchange their old ones for the second generation product for free.
[Update]: The GEAK Watch 2 is crowdfunding on Pozible , where it is pre-selling a limited run of the Pro versions of the watch at a discounted price – 2,099 yuan instead of 2,499 yuan as is listed on the official GEAK site. As of Oct. 30, the project has raised more than US$21,000 from backers, exceeding the target of 100,000 yuan (approx US$16,400) while there is still over 43 days to go.
Originally from: Zhi Xiaofeng