Tuesday, May 18

Watchmaker Citizen launches CZ Smart, its first connected watch under Wear OS

Japanese watch brand Citizen has unveiled its very first Wear OS connected watch, the Citizen CZ Smart.

La montre Citizen CZ Smart

La montre Citizen CZ Smart // Gamesdone : Citizen

In the connected watch market, there are consumer electronics brands, such as Samsung, TicWatch or Huawei, but also manufacturers of traditional watch watches, such as Fossil or Mont-Blanc. This is now also the case for Citizen.

The Japanese watch brand has been known for its mechanical or quartz watches for over a hundred years. On Monday, however, it announced its very first model of connected watch running Android Wear, the Citizen CZ Smart.

This is actually a watch equipped with Google’s Wear OS system and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip. Too bad, for a watch launched in November 2020, we would have hoped for a more recent SoC, and especially more fluid, like the recent Snapdragon Wear 4100. On the storage side, the watch benefits from 8 GB.

The Citizen CZ Smart is equipped with a round OLED touch screen 416 x 416 pixels with a diagonal of 1.28 inches. We will find on the right, three buttons to interact with the system. Around the screen, the rather large bezel allows to give a sporty style to the watch, without adding any functionalities.

GPS tracking and heart rate measurement

Regarding sports monitoring precisely, Citizen’s connected watch can measure heart rate, but not SpO2 or VO2Max. It also does not include an electrocardiogram. However, we will find a GPS function allowing you to find the training route. Convenient to go for a run without necessarily carrying your smartphone with you.

The Citizen CZ Smart watch has so far only been announced in the United States where it is launched at a price of 395 dollars, or 332 euros HT. For the time being, no announcement has been made as to availability in France.

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