The China-based producers of one of the world’s first smartwatches capable of making and receiving calls without help from a connected smartphone strike again, this time skipping the pre-release Kickstarter phase and funding the Wherecom K3 themselves.
Omate of course already refreshed the original TrueSmart last fall, and its newly unveiled kid-friendly wearable very much resembles the TrueSmart+. Well, not on the outside, with a seemingly cheaper polycarbonate case in tow now, colorful finishes, removable 20mm standard straps, and stainless steel buckle.
But the Omate Wherecom K3 does run the same full-fledged Android 5.1 OS (as opposed to the watered-down Wear flavor most mainstream watches provide), and it features its own 3G SIM card slot.
Fret not, parents, as you’re offered plenty of security goodies, plus GPS tracking, and the pre-loaded software is skinned with children aged 6 to 10 in mind, including education apps, fun little games, and restrictions for mature content.
Meanwhile, your unusually tech-savvy kids should be happy to hear the Omate Wherecom K3 packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1 full gig of RAM, 8GB internal storage, and 600 mAh battery. The large 1.54-inch TFT screen is also surprisingly and possibly gratuitously sharp, at 320 x 320 pixels, with a microphone, loudspeaker, and 6-axis accelerometer completing an impressive spec sheet for a niche device of this nature.
Priced at a more than reasonable $130, the Lollipop-based smartwatch is slated for an April release in unknown markets. But wouldn’t you rather buy your children a baseball glove, action figure, Barbie doll or something?