Wearables at IFA 2018: What’s New and What’s Hot?
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When it comes to IFA expo, you can always expect a good turnout of new hardware announcements. This year only proves that rule. Among the new smartphones, laptops, VR, and smart home devices there’s one more section we could not ignore.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of best wearables that made their debut at IFA 2018.

Garmin Vivosmart 4

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Release Date: Available now

Price Range: $130

Garmin has now become one of the most reliable wearable brand out there. And they came to IFA with yet another device that both works well and looks good.

On top of the usual fitness features, Garmin’s Vivosmart 4 takes your blood oxygen saturation measurements which allows them to take a more detailed look at your health and improve sleep tracking. Another cool add-on is the energy monitoring system called “body battery”. Vivosmart 4 will assess your energy levels throughout the day and alert you when you’re too tired for a workout or other physical exercise.

The color options include berry purple, grey, light blue, and black.

Fitbit Charge 3

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Release Date: October 2018

Price Range: Starts at $150

One of the more expected releases on our list is Fitbit Charge 3. It’s everything you can expect from a new Fitbit device–every possible fitness feature, great durability, and top-grade software. In comparison with Charge 2, Charge 3 is more touch-friendly and comes with a bigger screen.

Charge 3 has such an extensive functionality, it will make you feel like you’re getting a smartwatch and not just a fitness tracker. Some of the functions include 24/7 heart rate tracking, extensive battery life (up to 7 days), waterproofing, integrated GPS, and even something called “female health tracking”. The latter is essentially a fertility tracker, which means that your Charge 3 can stay on top of your ovulation cycle, should you want it to.

Charge 3 comes in a variety of colors and with plenty of straps to choose from.

Sony Fes Watch U

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Release Date: Available now

Price Range: $690

If you’re looking to stand out, check out Sony’s Fes Watch U. It’s not a typical smartwatch like a Wear OS device. Sony chose a different path and made a fashionable piece of tech that’s doing something different.

Instead of the traditional LCD  or OLED display, they’re using e-paper technology for the screen and the strap. That means that you can customize your smartwatch anyway you want in black and white colors. There are 100 design templates included, but it’s also possible to create your own.

At the same time, Sony Fes Watch U doesn’t support Wear OS. Instead, it runs Sony’s own wearable software. So if you’re used to the perks that Google Assistant is offering, this one’s probably not for you. There’s one more drawback here—this watch will cost you about $690. Whether you’re willing to spend that much money on innovation or not, Sony deserves credit at least for thinking outside the box with this one.

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD F30

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Release Date: End of the year

Price Range: N/A

For all outdoor sports fans out there–Casio came to Berlin with the Pro Trek Smart WSD F30, which looks to be the most practical smartwatch yet.

You cannot miss it–it grabs your attention with its tough and somewhat chunky exterior. But Pro Trek isn’t all about the looks. It’s the perfect watch for the great outdoors. Having that on your wrist, you’ll be able to find your way home safely, no matter how tough the condition you’re in. The mapping capabilities of the watch are quite impressive, with an ability to run them offline too.

Pro Trek also runs Wear OS, so it comes with all of the smartphone notifications and Google Assistant. The battery life on this one is extended to 3 days.

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Emporio Armani Connected

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Release Date: September 2018

Price Range: Starts at $295

Emporio Armani Connected is not just a pretty exterior anymore. The 2018 edition is packed with useful features, like Google Assistant voice controls and waterproofing. However, its selling point is the big tech upgrades. The watch is now equipped with built-in GPS, heart rate tracking, and NFC payments.

But of course, style still matters. The watch is made from stainless steel, has both rubber and link bracelets to choose from, and additional customizable watch faces.

Skagen Falster 2

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Release Date: September 2018

Price Range: Starts at $275 

The new generation of Skagen Falster also looks like an interesting option for someone who wants a stylish-looking smartwatch with a lot of functionality.

It runs Wear OS, so you get all the usual perks of using Google Assistant. The watch supports NFC for mobile payments and has all of the standard fitness features. Some other practical functions include GPS and waterproofing.

Diesel On Full Guard 2.5

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Release Date: October 2018

Price Range: N/A

If you like your smartwatches chunky, with a massive display but also stylish, Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 has you covered. It will add some extra weight to your wrist, but you also get a ton of functions with it. There’s heart rate monitoring, NFC for contactless payments, and integrated GPS.

The watch comes with Wear OS, which means that you can access Google Assistant from your wrist and receive all your smartphone notifications. The battery life is a standard 1-2 days.

ZTE Nubia Alpha

Release Date: N/A

Price Range: N/A

Speaking of innovation, Nubia just debuted a prototype smartwatch: the Alpha.

Alpha is a new type of wearable with the functions of a smartphone. It comes in the form of a wristband with a flexible OLED panel. On that panel, you’ll find a customized build of Android, with an embedded speaker, a sensor, and a camera for photos and video calls.

The prototype was presented at IFA 2018, but it’s still far from its final form, so we didn’t even get to touch it or try it on. The release date is still in question, but even seeing the prototype out is pretty amazing. After all, who wouldn’t want to wear their smartphone on a wrist?

Wearables at IFA 2018

Are you excited about strapping one of these on your wrist? I know we are! Even if some of the wearables presented at IFA will not be available for another month or two, they’re certainly worth the wait.

In case you’re still on the edge about getting a wearable for yourself, check out these 4 reasons why you need a smartwatch in your life Should You Buy a Wearable? 4 Reasons You Need a Smartwatch Should You Buy a Wearable? 4 Reasons You Need a Smartwatch If you're on the fence about buying a smartwatch, 2017 might be the year you finally take the plunge. We've covered four big reasons why smartwatches have finally become a worthy purchase for consumers. Read More .

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  1. Coco
    September 12, 2018 at 2:43 am

    I hope the newer wrist devices work better than any that I have seen for normal activity. I know several people that bought them when they first started to come out and they finally gave up on them. None worked as advertised and no where do they tell you that as a tracker you need to swing your arm constantly for it to work half way decent. Bought one 6 months ago and returned it for that reason.

    Total thumbs down on the whole lot!!!
    Coco