The Withings Activité UK release date has been confirmed, with the stripped back smartwatch set to hit retailers in just under a month.
With the Activité set to act as a premium, more refined rival to the likes of the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, Withings has now confirmed the watch-like wearable will go on sale from November 25.
However, for those who simply can’t wait that long to splash their wearable-bound cash, the company has revealed pre-orders will open up next week.
Having dropped much of the usual array of smartwatch fodder – touchscreen display, heart rate monitor, dismal battery life – the Activité features something far more special – classic watch styling and the ability to monitor your fitness activity in a subtle, unobtrusive manner.
Featuring a stainless steel body and soft leather strap, the Activité has shunned a digital interface for a traditional Swiss analogue watch motion. The device’s party piece, however, sits within its inner dial.
Where an international time or seconds counter might usually be found, the Activité features a clever progress report dial.
With the watch capable of tracking your steps, calorie burn, walking/running distances and swim strokes, it can display your progress on a personalised, pre-set goal direct from the watch face.
Capable of syncing – via Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy – with a dedicated smartphone app, this goal can be custom set and modified to suit your needs and targets.
As well as looking the part, this subtle collection of ‘smart’ abilities has another user-friendly benefit – staying power.
The Withings Activité answers the ongoing battery life concerns of most modern smartwatches, running for a full year on a standard – and easily replaceable – coin cell battery.
Despite lacking many of the bells and whistles of its rivals, the Activité is not cheep. A curved sapphire glass display and premium build mean the watch will set wannabe owners back a hefty £320.
For those unperturbed by the Activité’s price, the smartwatch will be available in Selfridges and Harrods, as well as through Amazon and the Withings website in the coming weeks.
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