One of the keys to success in the quest to convince consumers to buy a smartwatch is battery life.
Samsung’s (SSNLF) Galaxy Gear was lucky to get a day on a charge — one of the reasons its sales were disappointing. Apple (AAPL) has reportedly struggled with battery life on its rumored iWatch, a factor that has likely delayed the eagerly anticipated device’s release.The Pebble smartwatch manages 5-7 days on a charge, but to pull that off, it uses a black-and-white, e-paper display.
But Qualcomm (QCOM) also has a horse in the game — the Toq smartwatch. The Toq offers Android notifications, an always-on color display and week-long battery life.
QCOM isn’t exactly known for releasing its own consumer electronics. Instead, you’ll find its Snapdragon mobile CPUs powering many of the top-selling smartphones and tablets. However, just as Intel (INTC) showed off a slew of wearable reference designs and concepts at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Qualcomm also wants to show off its technology in hopes other potential smartwatch makers take note.
QCOM went a step further by going beyond the prototype to actually manufacture and sell its Toq smartwatch. Our Toq smartwatch review takes a look to see if the Toq is the best smartwatch available, or just another entry in a growing wearables market.