We have reported a lot of smartwatches launched in China; some are made by smartphone makers, such as Coolpad and Shanda GEAK; some like inWatch and T-Watch are by established tech companies or entrepreneurs. Some are Pebble-style that display content or alerts from iOS or Android phones on an e-paper display, while some are embedded with custom Android operating systems.

When smartphones were on the rise a couple of years ago, manufacturers of Shanzhai feature phones down in Shenzhen area in South China picked it up quickly, shipping a variety of smartphones to Chinese users’ needs. Most of them adopted the system-on-chip solutions by Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc., or MTK.

Not only for smartphones, MTK has been also providing solutions for tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes, GPS units, Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth devices, etc. It’s not difficult at all for it to pull together solutions for watch-shaped smart devices.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com