Emporio Armani Announces Connected 2018 With GPS, HR Tracking and Payments

Emporio Armani Connected 2018

Emporio Armani has announced the Emporio Armani Connected 2018, a new touchscreen smartwatch with stunning looks. The Connected Wear watch is up for pre-order and will go on sale in September with big upgrades like NFC payments and built-in GPS and heart rate tracking.

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It’s the brand’s latest smartwatch that seems like a perfect blend between tech and fashion. Powered by Qualcomm’s aging 2100 SoC, the smartwatch runs on Google’s WearOS platform.

The Emporio Armani Connected 2018 offers:

  • Google’s WearOS 2.0
  • GPS
  • NFC for Google Pay (Alipay in China)
  • Wrist-based Heart Rate Monitoring
  • Waterproof up to 3 ATM
  • 1-2 day battery life

The Emporio Armani Connected 2018 will track your indoor and outdoor workout or directly navigate to your favorite restaurant from your wrist. Even if you do not intend to head out for a run or to the gym, the Connected 2018 will monitor your heart rate all day.

The smartwatch features a 1.19″ touchscreen AMOLED display. The sleek stainless steel case measures 43 x 49mm and is available in a range of colors including silver, black and rose gold.

Emporio Armani Connected 2018

It lets you choose from a variety of straps to complete your look, including single link bracelets, leather, and mesh/Milanese loop.

Google’s Wear OS has Google Assistant built-in, allowing you to shout questions directly on your wrist if you want.

Waterproofing up to 3 ATM makes it a swimmer friendly smartwatch. The on-wrist payments are handled by Google Pay worldwide and Alipay in China; it’s the Mobvoi app store and Mobvoi Assistant for voice in China.

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Features like customizable watch faces (with new additions), smartphone alerts and music controls have stayed put from last year’s Connected.

The smartwatch retails at $295 with styles at $345 and $395 to consider. It’s available to pre-order now and it goes on sale in September from Armani stores, Armani online and ‘selected retailers’.

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