If you were to split the increasingly diverse wearable landscape into categories, you’d have full-fledged smartwatches in a corner, basic fitness trackers in the opposite space, and starting today, “watches that are smart.”
Not smartwatches, mind you, with the Razer Nabu Watch seemingly advertised as a digital chronograph which just so happens to integrate various intelligent functions, as well as activity tracking, and an important social characteristic that however couldn’t save the Nabu smartband from market indifference.
This time, Razer appears to have learned its lesson, already selling the Nabu Watch Forged Edition for a fair $200 stateside and €240 in the EU with machined stainless steel buttons and a premium black finish. A standard, full-polycarbonate, green-accentuated model will follow suit in late January, at $150 and €180 respectively, and from a functionality standpoint, the two are obviously identical.
They have built-in accelerometers to count steps, monitor distance traveled, calories burned “and more”, but once again, they’re traditional sports watches first, with illuminated backlit displays, countdown timers, stopwatch, and World time clocks and alarms in tow.
Much like Martian’s new wearables, the CES 2016-unveiled Nabu Watch relies on two different batteries for smart and “dumb” autonomy. The former keeps the lights on for up to seven days, while the latter is only replaceable after roughly 12 months, and makes sure you don’t have to hug a wall to simply tell the time.
But true innovation comes in the form of dual screens, the secondary panel showing all your fitness stats and goals at a glimpse, plus notifications streamed from Androids or iPhones. Lastly, you can seamlessly exchange Facebook and Twitter info by shaking the hand of a fellow Nabu Watch, Nabu or Nabu X owner.