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TAG Heuer unveils the smaller Connected Modular 41 Android Wear smartwatch

Premium watchmaker TAG Heuer has revealed the Connected Modular 41 which takes its previous smartwatch and shrinks it down for smaller wrists.

Its predecessor the Connected Modular 45 featured a 45mm diameter, but that proved to be a fairly chunky smartwatch, so the Modular 41, as its name suggests, shrinks the diameter down to 41mm.

That may not be a big difference but such small changes can change a premium smartwatch from being a tad ostentatious into a more subtle wearable.

The reduction in size also means a reduction in price; while the Modular 45 cost $1600, around £1156, the Modular 41 is a has a good chunk off it and costs $1200. around £867 at current exchange rates.

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But the Connected Modular 41 also comes with updated internals. It now sports 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage, which is around double that of most Android Wear smartwatches.

The processor is the same Intel Atom chip, which makes the Connected Modular watches some of the few consumer devices to make use of the chip.

The Modular 41 also gets a slightly sharper display with its screen resolution of 390×390 resulting in a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch over the Modular 45’s 287ppi. TAG Heuer also notes that the Modular 41 has a brighter display, hitting a maximum of 350 nits.

Finally, the Connected Modular 41 ushers in new strap colours, which include white leather, pink and blue.

All in all it looks like the smaller smartwatch is the one to get over its larger sibling, but we’ll have to give it a full review before we cast our final thoughts.

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