Emporio Armani Connected 2018 smartwatch goes official

Fashion brand Emporio Armani has launched a new smartwatch today – Emporio Armani Connected 2018. Is this finally a fashion smartwatch without compromise? Let’s find it out.

Emporio Armani Connected 2018

Emporio Armani Connected 2018

Most of the fashion branded smartwatches until now lacked a popular feature or two, like GPS, wrist-based heart rate monitoring or NFC payments.

But the latest device from Armani offers the perfect blend of features and style by offering:

  • Google’s WearOS 2.0
  • GPS
  • NFC for Google Pay (Alipay in China)
  • Wrist-based Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Waterproof up to 3 ATM
  • 1-2 battery life

All these things enable the Connected 2018 to track your indoor and outdoor workout or directly navigate to the local coffee shop from your wrist. There’s also a built-in all day heart rate monitoring system for keeping in check your health and fitness.

While on the subject of heart rate monitoring, ours ‘skipped a beat’ when we saw that the Emporio Armani Connected 2018 would still be powered by Qualcomm’s aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC.

The Emporio Armani Connected 2018 features a 1.19″ touchscreen AMOLED display within a sleek stainless steel case measuring 43 x 49mm and is available in a range of colors including silver, black and rose gold.

As is the de rigueur, you can choose from a variety of straps to complete your look, including single link bracelets, leather, and mesh/Milanese loop.

Google’s Wear OS has Google Assistant built-in, so you’ll be able to shout questions directly on your wrist if desired. While Emporio Armani pre-install a number of their unique watch faces in addition to the plethora of watch faces that you can download.

With Emporio Armini being a member of the Fossil Group, we expect many of their other brands to round out their feature lists in the coming months. Speaking of which, the Fossil Group confirmed the company is working on a new version of the Diesel On Full Guard watch for launch later this year.

The new Emporio Armani will be available to purchase before the end of this month with pre-orders available imminently, with pricing set to start at $295.


Pankaj U

Pankaj is a tech blogger with interests in mobile, PC, apps and more.

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