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TechnologyMisfit’s new Vapor X is a lightweight Wear OS smartwatch

22:40  14 august  2019
22:40  14 august  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Misfit's Vapor X smartwatch boasts longer battery life and Spotify

Misfit's Vapor X smartwatch boasts longer battery life and Spotify The latest smartwatch from Misfit is hoping to overcome the pain of limited wearable battery life. Enter the Vapor X, which offers a more power efficient processor and a battery saving mode to keep it going for longer. The Vapor X uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, an ultra low power platform to extend battery life. Other power efficiency measures include a battery saving mode and a rapid charging feature which means the smartwatch can be almost completely charged in one hour. This should mitigate one of smartwatches' biggest annoyances -- constantly low battery levels.

Misfit has launched the Vapor X, which it claims is its lightest and most efficient Wear OS smartwatch. The Vapor X has a 1.19-inch AMOLED display, and its 42mm case is built with a lightweight aluminum alloy that weighs in at 43 grams. (The weight of previous Vapor watches isn’t listed on their respective spec sheets for comparison; we’ve reached out to Misfit for a more complete rundown.)

Misfit’s new Vapor X is a lightweight Wear OS smartwatch© Misfit

The Vapor X features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor. Misfit asserts that you can expect a full day of battery power, or more if you use its new battery-saving mode. The watch features the usual 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. (If you want something more powerful, Fossil’s new Gen 5 watch is an exception: it has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The jury is still out on whether throwing more RAM at a Wear OS-based device will help to solve its issues; the Vapor X probably won’t suffer much, if at all, for sticking with a standard spec.

Misfit’s Vapor X smartwatch is now available for $200

Misfit’s Vapor X smartwatch is now available for $200 Misfit has launched its newest smartwatch as a follow-up to the Vapor 2, which packed in all the features you’d expect, like built-in GPS as well as a heart-rate sensor, but didn’t rely on the best processor. The brand’s new Vapor X, meanwhile, is built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and is a Wear OS by Google device, with the company promising that this is Misfit’s lightest and most comfortable watch to date. Its headlining

In fact, the Vapor X has a lot in common with the Gen 5. Both support on-device GPS, NFC for Google Pay, a heart rate sensor, and are waterproof up to 30 meters deep. The likenesses aren’t much of a coincidence, considering that Fossil Group owns Misfit. But there are also a number of other differences. They are opposites when it comes to style, with the Vapor X looking more casual than the Gen 5 watch. The Gen 5 features a speaker, a feature not indicated on the Vapor X spec sheet, and later in the fall Fossil plans to release an app for the Gen 5 that allows iOS users to pick up calls right on the watch, a first for a Wear OS device.

Misfit’s Vapor X is available now for an introductory price of $199.99, which is $80 less than its eventual price of $279.99. We haven’t tested the Vapor X yet, but $199.99 sounds like the right price for a watch with fewer bells and whistles than the $295 Fossil Gen 5.

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Movado has unveiled the second iteration of Connect -- the first Wear OS smartwatch it launched in 2017 when Google's platform was still called Android Wear. The newer model is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 3100 chipset and comes in two sizes: a 42mm one like its predecessor and a smaller 40mm one for those who find the former a bit to chunky for their wrists. Users can modify its looks until the watch fits their aesthetic by swapping its straps/bracelets and taking advantage of its customizable watchface. Like all other Movado watches, though, it features the brand's single dot design. Connect 2.

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