We’ve seen many smartwatches hit the market since 2013 and while most of them are mere extensions to smartphones and tablets, there are a few exceptions like the Exetech XS-3 and the Neptune Pine that act as standalone Android handsets. The former accessory is the latest in the game offering full phone functionality in a small form factor.
The Exetech XS-3 is built based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich which is outdated, but should provide access to most applications on Google Play. Speaking of which, the said store comes pre-loaded with the smartwatch and apps can be accessed via the 1.54-inch touchscreen which proffers 240 x 240p resolution. The Android UI is also modified to work well with the small display.
Design-wise, the Exetech XS-3 looks quite stylish. The main components are fitted within a metal body and there are various buttons placed on the sides. One of the main drawbacks of the form factor is that the there is no back panel and the battery is left out in the open, putting it in direct contact with your wrist. The company notes that the smartwatch is water safe (IP65 equivalent).
The upside about the removable battery is that you’ll be able to conveniently swap it for a new one when running low on power. The Exetech XS-3 is capable of delivering up to 18 hours of mixed usage or around 6 to 7 hours of moderate activity. With GPS tracking on, the 420mAh cell can deliver only 2.5 hours, notes Engadget. The accessory comes with a SIM card slot and it supports 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity features. It also allows you to make and receive calls as well as send SMS and emails.
Key specs of the Exetech XS-3 smartwatch:
– Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
– 1.54-inch touchscreen
– Dual core MediaTek 6577 processor
– 2GB internal storage, microSD card slot
– 2MP camera
– 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
– 420mAh battery
– 6.46cm x 4.40cm x 1.76cm dimensions
– 66 grams weight
The Exetech XS-3 is available for purchase for €349 through the company’s online store.