The Android Smart Watch That Lasts More Than A Week Between Charges

Author James Mash 31.10.2014. | 11:31

Smart watches are growing phenomena and with new releases almost every week there is lot to choose from. Chinavasion has plenty competitive smart watches on their webpage. Apple is even getting in on the act and is set to release their first smart watch early next year as announced at their press conference last month. One major complaint about smart watches is the battery life but that could be about to change.

A leading tech firm from China has unveiled its latest smart watches and reports that these Android powered devices can last about one week between charges.

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The Geak Watch 2 models are able to achieve such a long battery life by using a new type of hybrid screen. This screen can switch between the LCD color display and an e-ink battery saving screen that’s used when it’s in standby. This produces great power savings and a notably higher battery life.

Perhaps the largest challenge that smart watch manufactures face is that people stop using the devices because they need charging on a regular basis. If they can overcome this hurdle then people will be more willing to adopt this technology and it will see wider usage.

The Pebble smart watch, which promises up to seven days of usage between charges has received a lot of attention. The reason for its long battery life is primarily down to the use of a black and white e-paper display, however the lack of a color LCD display is a drawback to many.

Both the Geak Watch 2 and Geak Watch 2 Pro models from Shanda have 1.3 inch circular displays that are similar to the Moto360. The Geak 2 screens offer 254 pixels per inch when using the LCD screen. The Pro model enjoys a slightly longer battery life and prices for these two watches starts around 320 USD.

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Improvements in the efficiency of computer chips and operating systems is helping to bring about longer battery life, but the relatively slow pace of advancements in battery technology is restricting how much this can help. With the quest for longer battery life, research into more efficient LCD screens and hybrid solutions will continue and could help pave the way to more useable, long life smart watches in the future.

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Author James Mash 31.10.2014. | 11:31
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