ZTE had revealed its plans of entering the smartwatch ecosystem earlier in January. Just within a month, the renders for ZTE’s Android Wear 2.0 watch have leaked today. According to reports, the circular smartwatch will be called ZTE Quartz and will be operational via a wireless cellular hardware. The Bluetooth certification listing for ZTE confirmed the existence of this device.
Lixin Cheng, Chairman, and CEO of ZTE USA had earlier stated that the watch would support LTE connections. This would make the watch detached from the need of having a smartphone. He further said that the company has already lined up a major US wireless carrier to sell the watch. Though the name for the carrier is yet to be disclosed.
The leaked images show a circular dial for the ZTE Quartz, along with a blue plastic wristband. This hints towards variable color options to be available in future. Though there have been no details on the pricing, the company is working hard towards the hardware specifications for the watch. Taking on other significant players in the market, ZTE will solve basic issues like battery life and smartphone connectivity.
On the other hand, counterpart Google rolled out the fifth developer preview for the highly anticipated Android Wear 2.0 about a couple of weeks ago. While ZTE is yet to disclose integration with iOS devices, Google’s Android Watch has full iOS support. Moreover, the update is also bringing the Play Store and standalone applications to the platform.
Allegedly Google has also partnered with LG to market its upcoming smartwatches. The company has given the responsibility for launching the first Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches to the Korean giant in a couple days. Both Watch Sport and Watch Style devices have already been leaked and priced at $349 and $249 respectively.