Why Intex iRist smartwatch is not a smartwatch at all?

Intex Smartwatch launched just a day back and now here we are here trying to figure what its true purpose is or what it’s major utility is. Many of you guys would be thinking what writeup is about, just bear with me for sometime and you’ll know.

Intex iRist specifications

  • 1.56-inch (240 x 240 pixels) OLED display with Sapphire glass protection
  • 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 SoC
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory (1.3GB user memory), expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 5MP camera with 720p video recording
  • Make and Receive calls, SMS
  • Dust and water resistant (IP65)
  • Dimensions: 44x44x14mm; Weight: 83g
  • 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS
  • 600mAh battery with up to 240 minutes talk time and up to 200h standby

What Intex gave us yesterday was not a smartwatch but a smartphone with a miniature display on our wrist, what I cannot understand and comprehend is the need for a smartwatch to have a dual-sim slot? Smartwatches like Moto 360, LG G watch, LG R Watch run on Android Wear which is backed up by Google and Intex iRist on the other hand is running a custom-built of Android 4.4, which is meant to be running on Android smartphones and not smartwatches.

No Android Wear Support

Android Wear

While every other smartwatch is an Android Wear running smartwatch, this smartwatch runs on a modified Android 4.4 Kitkat base. Android Wear is managed and controlled by Google, which takes responsibility of pushing out latest wear updates, but in the case of iRist you won’t be getting an update.

Coming back to the inclusion of a SIM-slot, yes the smartwatch is officially confirmed to feature a Dual-SIM slot which can take one 3G SIM and another 2G SIM at the same time. Call can be answered through a Bluetooth headset. Same kind of rage was experienced when people started using their 7inch tablets to answer calls and now the age of answering calls through a smartwatch has come? Probably not!

and at 12,999 you can get a Moto 360 which is compatible with Android Wear and receives timely updates from Motorola.

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