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Huawei Watch GT2
If you’re seeking an alternative to the Apple Watch or Wear OS, there’s the all-new Huawei Watch GT2, running LiteOS. Available in two sizes, the 42mm with a more rounded case sporting curved glass, along with a 1.39-inch OLED (454 x 454) and then the 46mm, which comes equipped with a laser-etched bezel around the flat, 1.2-inch OLED (390 x 390) round display. Both are powered by the Kirin A1 chip and feature Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, along with optical heart rate sensors. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.

Apple Watch Series 5 Deal
The Apple Watch Series 5 officially hits stores Friday, but you can pre-order one for $384.99 shipped, originally $399.99. This latest-generation model features an S5 64-bit dual-core processor, W3 wireless chip, 32GB of internal storage, an optical heart sensor, electrical heart sensor, improved accelerometer up to 32 g‑forces, and a compass function. Product page. Read more for a video explaining why you should or shouldn’t upgrade to Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 5
It’s here, the next-generation Apple Watch Series 5. Unlike its predecessors, this model sports an “Always-On Retina display” that never sleeps, so you’ll be able to catch the time and other important information without having to raise or tap the screen. New location features include built-in compass to help users better navigate their day, while international emergency calling enables you to call emergency services directly from Apple Watch in over 150 countries, even without iPhone nearby. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Oppo Foldable Smartwatch
Photo credit: Lets Go Digital
The Apple Watch may be king of smartwatches, but rest assured, there will be others that try and take that crown. One possible competitor could be Oppo, a Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company headquartered in Dongguan, Guangdong. They recently filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) titled ‘Wearable electronic device’ and it was published in September 2018. Read more to see the patent and for additional pictures.

IBM Patent Smartwatch Tablet Computer
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IBM’s latest patent reveals an electronic device with a flexible display, but not just any smartwatch. This one is reported to have a multi-fold display that would enable you to also use it as a smartphone and tablet computer. That’s right, the patent is for a “variable display size for an electronic display device” and in its most compact form, looks like any other smartwatch. Need some more screen real estate? There’s seven auxiliary screen panels stored beneath the main screen, all of which can be taken out of the housing independently. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Apple watch WatchOS6
Photo credit: Jake Sworski
The 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is set to take place on June 3rd, and one of the most anticipated announcements will be watchOS 6. However, designer Jake Sworski gives us a preview of this refreshed operating system for the Apple Watch ahead of its reveal. Featuring various new watch faces, a sleep tracking function, an improved activity ring, nutrition app, and lots more. Read more for a video and tons of additional pictures.

Bendable Samsung Smartwatch
Photo credit: Lets Go Digital
It’s only a matter of time before foldable smartphones and smartwatches merge into a single device, like this bendable Samsung Galaxy creation you see above by Lets Go Digital. Last year, Samsung Electronics filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) for a ‘Shape retaining structure of electronic device and electronic device including same,’ and it was just published on March 7, 2019. Simply put, it can bend in one direction and curls up so you’re able to wear it on your wrist. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Fitbit Versa Lite Smartwatch

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If the Apple Watch is a bit to robust for your needs, there’s the all-new Fitbit Versa Lite. Priced from $159.95, it features all the core fitness and smart features of Fitbit Versa, such as activity / sleep / heart rate tracking, notifications, apps and even a 4+ day battery life. You’ll be able to choose from several bold color choices and an easy one-button design. Read more for another hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

Nubia Alpha

First unveiled at IFA 2018, the Nubia Alpha’s latest prototypes sport a four-inch, 960×192 OLED display, which is currently the “largest wearable flexible screen in the industry,” according to Visionox, the screen’s manufacturer, and it’s protected by a heat-resistant polymer called Polyimide. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G eSIM support, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 500mAH battery, good for between one and two days on a single charge. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.

TCL Foldable Smartphone Smartwatch
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How about a foldable smartphone that can bend around your wrist and double as a smartwatch? TCL’s next device could function just like that. This concept is nothing new, as Lenovo came up with a similar idea back in 2016, but nothing really came of that concept, but it does provide insight on the bending function as well as the user interface. Read more for a video of that device in-action and additional information.