If there is one thing that has been sorely missing in the current slew of smartwatches on the market, it’s a design that really appeals to women. The vast majority of smartwatch designs have large faces and bulky casing that all prohibits use for women. This is not the case with the Lutetia from Omate which has been designed from the ground up to appeal to ladies of discerning taste.
The Omate is actually pretty blingy by smartwatch standards, coming to market in a choice of silver, gold and rose gold. The strap itself is created from tiny baubles while the actual case is made if stainless steel with a round transflective liquid crystal display which is protected by a layer of sapphire coating. The design is definitely not going to appeal to 90% of guys out there, so Omate have certainly nail their colors to the mast with this one, creating a design that is only 12mm thick and would not look out of place hanging off the wrist a gal in a dinner dress.
The Omate is a companion device that will hook up to any Android (4.3 Jelly Bean or above) or Apple iPhone (iOS 6 and) devices. It pushes notifications from the smartphone including incoming calls, messaging and social media.
In terms of hardware, it’s interesting to see that the Omate Lutetia is again being developed in collusion with MediaTek, using the MT2502 system-on-chip. Alo known as the MediaTek Aster, the company’s MT2502 is a specially designed chip for wearables that is based on the ARM7 architecture. This is the same processor that we saw on the more male oriented Omate X a few months ago.
The Omate is available for pre-order on the company’s website at a price of $169 and will remain so until the end of August. The first batch of one thousand will be engraved with a number.