Omate TrueSmart

With funding secured, the Omate TrueSmart is now available for general pre-orders

The folks at Omate have exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter goal, with the TrueSmart watch getting $1,032,352 from 4,378 backers. More than just another Bluetooth accessory, the TrueSmart will attempt to be a replacement of sorts for your smartphone, as it runs a full build of Android and has it's own MicroSIM card slot.

On the specs side, it certainly looks more like what we would see in a phone or tablet than a run-of-the-mill smart watch. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on its 1.54-inch (240 x 240) capacitive display, it has a dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor and 4GB of storage (and a microSD card slot) under the hood. Standard features we see from more robust devices, like Bluetooth 4, GPS and 802.11 b/g/n Wifi round out the mix. Users also have the choice between 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and the device is IP67-rated for water resistance and has a sapphire crystal.

Possibly the best feature is that the watch requires no specific brand of smart phone to operate. It should pair with any Android device, and is truly stand-alone in its own right. 

Now that stage one is complete, stage two begins — where the company tries to meet it's shipping goals. In addition to the Kickstarter pre-orders, which are scheduled to begin shipping to early-birds in October, the general pre-order page is also live. For more information, see the links below.

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There are 27 comments

scaots says:

I backed this on day one of the Kickstarter campaign.
This is perfect for jogging or other times that you don't want to carry a phone. The only thing I would like to add would be a built-in heart rate sensor.

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fmagana85 says:

I can see myself using the Nike running app and a Bluetooth headset when going on my jogs or running a marathon. My only concern is how stable the watch will be.

Argh says:

I'd prefer to see ANT+, so it could hook in to all the ANT+ sensors, which are generally more readily available than Bluetooth 4. HRM, cadence, power etc.

Wish ANT+ was available in more phones.

TheDu9du says:

For me it needs to to be able to play a video on full screen so it needs to be more rectangle shaped, not square. And at least 2 inch for display.

outlooker says:

Looking at those specs... That's one hell of a smart watch! I wonder how you use a full build of Android on it.

Cheetah23 says:

I think they exceeded their $100,000 goal by crushing it with 1 Million dollars in funding!!

Yeah, I re-worded that title to make things more clear to the folks who skim and not read the articles.

NoNexus says:

What!?! There are words besides the headline?

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indysteve9 says:

I could see me buying THIS smartwatch and no other so far.

mathelm says:

Here's to hopping the battery life lives up to at least half the claimed time....

100hrs standby/240min talk...

tdizzel says:

Removable battery? Microsd slot? If no it's a no go

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scaots says:

Amazingly it does have both. Though screws are involved due to the water proof rating.

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ConTejas says:

I see your sarcasm detector is malfunctioning... ; )

NoNexus says:

I sorta get that position on phones because had similar views but a watch? Its not like you are putting Madden 25 on there or have a huge screen to power

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tdizzel says:

Maybe YOU aren't putting Madden 25 on there...

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NoNexus says:

Really? You are gonna put that on a watch face and play it? You fingers wouldn't even hit pass

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jeffreytz says:

Will be interesting to see if they hit their aggressive shipping schedule (November this year - that would be something, compared to most of the Kickstarter projects I've backed).

SeaMonster says:

Wow,bummed I missed this. It seems to indicate that you can still pre-order them, but the link just goes to their Kickstarter page which doesn't seem to have any way to do that. Any way to still pre-order one of these?

beejmeister says:

@ SeaMonster Here you GO!

SeaMonster says:

Uh... yes, that is their page and those links take me to the kickstarter page.

SeaMonster says:

Huh... With Firefox that link goes to a page with links to the kickstarter page. But I tried in Chrome and that page has order options. Seems my problem was the browser. Thanks...

crxssi says:

I have no problem at all using Firefox to get to either page.

CeluGeek says:

240 x 240 screen?! *gets flashbacks of old Treo 750 smartphone*

blocoholi666 says:

Prefer the agent smartwatch any day over that clunky piece of overblown watch.

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crxssi says:

Silicon band and only black. Yuck. (Can it be swapped out for metal?) And Microsim = only half of the big 4 carriers. No inductive charging, which would have been nice.

Still, seems like the most interesting one yet- most expandable, most compatible, most complete. I am itching to find a reason to order this thing.

Fedway says:

But will in run Ingress? ;-)

eozdalga says:

Hey AC, why so late on this story? Your usually my go to on anything android. Why cover on day Kickstarter closed? This story has been in the news for sometime but I usually expect you to benon these things first!