Nepal | July 19, 2019

The times they are a-changing

Smart watches gaining popularity in Nepal

Rebecca Shrestha

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Smart watches have been quite the centre of attention since they emerged into the mainstream. Nepal has been no exception with techies trying to get a hold of their very own smart watch. So to the layman, why to get a smart watch? Basically, it delivers smart phone notifications, fitness features, apps and more to your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket, without missing important alerts.

The emerging wearable computing market has proved that people are vying for more convenience and novelty
day-in, day-out. Thus, smart watches are gradually gaining popularity in the Nepali market as well for its hands-free control and access to data.

Samsung Gear S2 Sports/S2 Classic

The company’s latest offering — Samsung Gear S2 Sports comes in a versatile, circular design with innate custom UX and advanced features that enable users to have an enhanced and personalised mobile experience. Its one-of-a-kind rotating bezel along with the home and back button ensures efficiency and precision to the users. The Gear S2 Sports has a minimal, modern design and is ideal for those who are on the go.

A sleek design of 11.4 mm, the gear is light and compact on your wrist. Equipped with a 1.2-inch circular screen and 360×360 resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity allows users to view notifications with amazing clarity. Also, with the latest Tizen OS and an optimised 1-GHz dual core processor, Gear S2 Sports can perform tasks easily.

The fitness functions such as 24-hour activity log, reminder updates encourage consumers to stay healthy and active. Accelero-metre, heart rate monitor, barometre, gyroscope and many more integrated features are supported by a 250 mAh Li-ion battery that can last up to two to three days allowing consumers a hassle-free experience. The Gear S2 Sports costs Rs 34,500 while S2 Classic costs Rs 38,500 in the domestic market.

CG iWear

CG Mobiles has unveiled its first wearable device — CG iWear, which was introduced in the Nepali market on March 25. The CG wearable gear is a respite as it is compatible with both Android and iOS users. Its screen measures 1.44-inch and has a screen resolution of 128×128 pixels. The smart watch comes with in-built Bluetooth 4.0 and 350 mAh
for a prolonged battery life. It is available in brown silver, black silver, red gold, black gold and dark grey.

Ramesh Shrestha, Business Unit Head at CG Mobiles states, “The CG iWear is targeted at youngsters who are tech savvy and fitness freaks.” According to him, fitness related features such as step count, sleep monitoring makes the CG iWear your companion towards getting          in shape. “The Bluetooth enabled CG iWear once connected to the smart phone will further show notifications,” he shared, adding that it is priced at Rs 4,444.

Huawei watch

Launched in January, Huawei watch is an evolutionary step for the brand which allows you to co-ordinate with your smartphone. Compatible with Android 4.3+ and iOS 8.2+ helps create a better experience for the users. Summit Pradhananga, Marketing Manager at Huawei Techno-logies, shared, “Wearable devices are here and it may
be the future for consumer electronics. The Huawei watch launched earlier this year drew interest from consumers and has been well-received in the Nepali market.” According to him, it is priced at Rs 70,000 and is available in different variant like classic, sports and modern style.

It has a fully circular and timeless design, with scratch proof, water and dust resistant sapphire crystal lens, cold forged stainless steel frame. Its compact design accumulates six-axis motion sensor, heart rate monitor, barometre,
highest density display among Android watches and a thin bezel around the display.

With Bluetooth 4.1, the watch can be functioned within a 10-metre radius of your phone and tablet. A Wi-Fi connection or mobile data can help you get timely notifications from your device on the go. The battery life claims to work for up to two days for a typical user on a single charge.

A version of this article appears in print on March 28, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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