Budget tablet specialist Archos looks set to push the smartwatch scene in a new direction, confirming it will release a device with a touchscreen E Ink display.
Having unveiled its first techy timepiece during CES 2014 earlier this month – the aptly named Archos Smartwatch, which features a curved E Ink display alongside a pair of physical buttons – the French manufacturer has now revealed it is already working on a touch-sensitive follow-on.
Speaking with TrustedReviews on the Archos Smartwatch and the company’s growing wearables plans, company CEO Loic Poirier claimed that a touchscreen E Ink display hosting smartwatch could be just a matter of months away.
“We have made the Archos Smartwatch in collaboration with E Ink the company to bring the first curved E Ink LCD,” Poirier said. “This one is not touchscreen,
Although the Archos CEO has failed to offer many concrete details on the upcoming touchscreen E Ink smartwatch, he has suggested that the device’s battery life will run into weeks rather than days like the market leading Samsung Galaxy Gear.
He added: “Because it is E Ink, in sunlight you are still going to be able to see perfectly.”
While the already unveiled Archos Smartwatch is set to launch with a £99 price tag, the company has announced two further, and more basic smartwatches which will set wannabe owners back £79.99 and £49.99 when launched.
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