Misfit announces the lightweight Vapor X Wear OS smartwatch for $200
Google’s wearable operating system, formerly known as Android Wear, has had its ups and downs since it debuted 5 years ago. At first, we saw a number of major OEMs jump on board and begin releasing a new smartwatch each year. The market proved to not be as lucrative as it was once thought and this is when companies either slowed down its smartwatch efforts or stopped them entirely. This bummed a lot of people out, but it made way for other companies to fill in. Misfit is one of those companies that has found its spot in the market and this week marks the launch of its latest device: the $200 Vapor X.
Now, the Vapor X is planned to launch with an MSRP of $280, which is actually really close to the price of Fossil’s Gen 5 smartwatch. This puts Misfit in a tough spot though since the Vapor X is actually shipping with less RAM than its competition. We normally see 512MB of RAM used in these devices, but newer watches like the Fossil Gen 5 and TicWatch Pro 4G have a full 1 GB of RAM. Beyond that, the Vapor X has a lot in common with other Wear OS watches, including on-device GPS, NFC, heart rate sensor, and are water-resistant up to 30 meters down.
So the launch price that Misfit is going with seems more in line with what some people think it should be. Time will tell if the device will sell well after the increase in price (which we don’t know when will happen). Misfit’s Vapor X also has a 1.19-inch AMOLED display, 42mm case, and weighs in at 43 grams. We don’t know what size battery is going to be inside as of right now, but multiple outlets have reached out for a full spec sheet. It does, however, have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 wearable chipset, which the company says helps it achieve a full day of battery life (and the ability to get more if you use the battery saving mode).
Via: The Verge