The Omate TrueSmart+ is a $169 eReading Device for Your Wrist

omate-truesmart-plus_04An obscure gadget maker by the name of Omate is back in the news again with the launch of latest and most powerful smartwatch.

Most smartwatches are less smart devices than they are smartphone accessories, but the Omate TrueSmart+ is one of the exceptions.

The TrueSmart+has a 1.54 inch, 320 x 320 resolution display, andit  runs Google Android 5.1 Lollipop on a dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MT6572M CPU with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a Mali-400 MP GPU.

This is basically a (really cheap) smartphone worn on your wrist, and in addition to Wifi and Bluetooth it even has a SIM card slot and support for 3G connectivity. You can make calls from it, but one thing you can't do is install apps from Google Play.

Google may have stretched its standards to include all sorts of cheap tablets and smartphones, but they haven't relaxed the rules far enough to allow smartwatches access to Google play. SWs are still sequestered in Android Wear, but you can still sideload apps and Omate also lists watch-friendly apps in the Ostore app store.

You can also sideload apps. And that means that while most smartphone-bound reading apps will push a single word at a time to a SW or let you control TTS from the SW, the Truesmart+ can run real Android app.s


The Truesmart+ is a slightly upgraded version of the Truesmart, which as you may recall launched on Kickstarter in 2013 and shipped last year.

The new model is up for pre-order now for $169, and Omate says the watch should ship in November.

If that's too rich for your blood, Omate is also listing the Omate TrueSmart-i for $149. That watch runs an older version of Android on the same CPU and general specs. It trades screen resolution for a 5MP camera, but according to Omate it is also sold out already.


image via CNet

About Nate Hoffelder (11466 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on The Omate TrueSmart+ is a $169 eReading Device for Your Wrist

  1. Not bad. Maybe this is what amazon will dive into next.

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