FCC certifies a follow-up to the ZTE Quartz smartwatch with Verizon LTE support
Back in 2017, Chinese OEM ZTE launched a T-Mobile exclusive smartwatch called the ZTE Quartz. The Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch was the company’s first foray into the wearables segment and it featured a 1.4-inch 400×400 display. The smartwatch was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100 SoC, coupled with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. With a 500 mAh battery, IP67 certification, and 3G connectivity the smartwatch was a compelling buy at just $192. Now, it seems like ZTE is planning on launching a follow-up smartwatch soon.
The upcoming ZTE smartwatch was recently certified by the FCC and the listing reveals a few details about the device. For starters, the smartwatch goes by the model name ZW20, which suggests that it will be a follow-up to the ZTE Quartz smartwatch that had the model number ZW10. Unlike its predecessor though, the upcoming smartwatch will include support for LTE on band 13 which, most likely, means that it will be a Verizon exclusive. The listing further mentions that the watch includes support for a “voice function”, which could mean that it has a microphone, and that it will be available in two watchband color options. Additionally, the listing also states that the watch will support VoIP and VoLTE.
Sadly though, the listing doesn’t mention the software running on the watch, so we can’t be sure if it’ll run Google’s Wear OS or not. But it does include an image of the smartwatch which gives us a few hints about its design. As you can see in the image above, the ZTE smartwatch will feature a square dial with rounded edges, two buttons on either side and what looks like a heart rate sensor on the back. It’s worth noting that the original ZTE Quartz smartwatch didn’t include a heart rate sensor, so it makes sense for ZTE to include one this time around.
Featured image: ZTE Quartz smartwatch