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Qualcomm Announces Toq Smartwatch, Seemed Like the Perfect Day to do That


Today, the same day that Samsung announced its very own smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, Qualcomm decided to unveil the Toq. The Toq is the processor-giant’s flagship smartwatch, capable of syncing with your smartphone, then controlling many aspects of the device. The watch can easily handle your music, weather forecasts, text messages, phone calls and your schedule. It features a interferometric modulator display, which “leverages the light around it so you can see your screen anywhere, even in bright sunlight.” 

A feature that makes Toq unique is the ability to wirelessly charge the device with a specially designed dock from Qualcomm. Unfortunately, not many specifications were announced, one of the only ones being that it supports any Android device running Android 4.0.3 or higher, and that it comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.0. No word on screen size, battery size or anything else.

Are we interested?


Qualcomm Launches the Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch Featuring Mirasol Display

Revolutionary Smartwatch Unveiled at Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 Developer Conference

SAN DIEGO — September 4, 2013 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., will release a Qualcomm branded smartwatch in Q4 of 2013. Designed to serve as a second display to your smartphone, the Qualcomm® Toq™ (‘talk’) smartwatch will feature proprietary Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc.’s Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display technology, a revolutionary reflective, low-power display that enables an always on viewing experience, wireless charging by Qualcomm WiPower™ LE technology and a true stereo Bluetooth audio experience, all while offering its wearer long battery life with seamless connectivity to their smartphone.

“Toq’s always on, always connected, always visible wearable technology gives you a ‘Digital 6th Sense,’ telling you what you need to know, when you need to know it, with just a glance at your wrist or a whisper in your ear. Toq is a showcase for the benefits of the Mirasol display, WiPower LE and stereo Bluetooth technologies and highlights the experience that the wearable category can provide,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm. “Toq not only represents a long history of technological innovation for Qualcomm, but it also demonstrates our commitment to delivering the breakthrough technologies that redefine the ways we interact with each other and the world around us.”

The introduction of this limited edition smartwatch will feature the key technologies necessary to deliver unique experiences on wearable devices. The color capacitive touchscreen display is always on – similar to a traditional watch – with days of battery life before the device needs to be recharged. In fact, Toq’s power profile is so low that it does not require an on/off button. Recharging Toq is hassle-free, as it also is the world’s first smartwatch to incorporate the Qualcomm® WiPower™ LE technology, enabling a true “drop and go” charging experience.

With Toq, consumers will be able to manage smartphone calls, text messages, meeting reminders and various notifications from their wrist. Developers also will be able to tap into Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.’s AllJoyn™ framework to send program notifications to the smartwatch through the Qualcomm Toq app, which supports the AllJoyn Notification Services Framework. Qualcomm will continue adding functionality to the Toq through software upgrades, including integration with Qualcomm Life, Inc.’s 2net platform and the recently announced 2net Mobile software. Toq provides participants of the 2net ecosystem the opportunity to deliver new, compelling ways for consumer to manage their health. Qualcomm Life and Qualcomm Innovation Center are subsidiaries of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Toq also will be made available in a “Premium Audio Edition” that features the first truly wireless stereo headphones. This means no wires between the headsets for listening and no wires for recharging. Another key feature of the headset is that it sits outside the ear canal for all day comfort and wearability. The Toq Premium Audio Edition features high quality stereo sound with a dedicated tweeter and woofer for superior wide band audio. Calls can be placed with the smartphone using either of the headsets.

As this category grows, Qualcomm expects to closely collaborate with traditional ecosystem participants and new entrants to enable new product opportunities leveraging these industry-leading technologies, further driving forward the emerging wearables space.
At launch, Toq will be compatible with Android™ 4.0.3 and above mobile devices. For more information about the Toq, please visit www.toq.qualcomm.com.

  • Chris Brown

    Here’s my opinion:

    Pebble > Toq > Galaxy Gear

  • Mrpicolas

    This is definitely a step in the correct direction.. Battery life has been abysmal for Smart watches so far

  • RoboCop

    I’d like:
    Make calls…without a phone nearby…charge $5/month on Verizon idc
    “Ok Google Now” replacing S-Voice which is terrible
    DAYS of battery, so idc if it’s b/w or this stuff
    GPS/w MP3 player a la MotoActive
    Waterproof/sweatproof NOT as a fashion accessory that can’t take a drizzle

  • Godzilla

    How much? Let’s see what Motorola offers.

  • Bruce Wayne

    The samsung watch is leagues ahead of this one.

    • LionStone

      This has wireless charging…low power technology that doesn’t even require an on/off button, “days of battery life…” rather than a day…and wireless headphones…and works with Android 4.03 devices and above.

  • CHRIS42060

    Nexus Watch next?

  • Denvertoad

    I don’t get it. It was said earlier this is a solution in search of a problem and I totally agree. I use a BT heart monitor, and connect wirelessly with my car, and I’ve NFC if I need it. There’s a clock on my phone’s lock screen, and another on the taskbar. There’s a clock on the wall at work, one on my computer… etc. When away from work there’s notifications for sms and email. Redundant redundancy with a smart watch. It’s a phone, not an appendage I can’t live without.

  • mustbepbs

    As long as it isn’t $299, I like this a lot better than the Galaxy Gear. It just looks a lot nicer.

    • Godzilla

      Right? $300 is a joke

  • Jordan

    I’ve not seen any mention of a microphone. It would literally make my life if Motorola released a nice looking smartwatch with their active notification/always listening features.

  • Nate595

    This would need to be pretty cheap to beat the Gear, it just doesn’t seem as cool imo.

    • LionStone

      This will cost less than the Gear watch, Samsung over charges.

  • MotoRulz

    I want a smartwatch, but haven’t seen one yet that I would buy..

  • joejoe5709

    Muuuuch closer to what I had in mind for a smartwatch.

  • Well, at least this one has wide compatibility.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    So wait, it is using the Mirasol screen technology, has 3-5 day battery life with wireless charging, and the battery is housed in the latch area? Samsung, this is what you hire designers and engineers for.

  • King Lo

    I want something as close to the motoactv as possible. All I want to do is run and listen to music from the same device that is tracking me via GPS. I want to do this without strapping a 5 inch phone to my arm.

    Is that too much to ask?

    • Joey Funk

      why not just… use your phone?

  • eddieg28sp

    Toq does have a better look to it, its just missing a Camera. But I’m thinking a Front Facing Camera would me more useful than the Naughty Cam… I mean Wrist cam of the Samsung. Then giving ability to use for Video calls 🙂

    Dang my Dick Tracy fantasies are about to come true. lol

    • kashtrey

      I really don’t understand the necessity of a camera on smart watches. Why wouldn’t you pull out your phone to enjoy a much better video call experience? I get it’s more convenient but it just seems like a solution trying to find a problem. I rather a streamlined device that nails the core features than a Gear which just throws everything at the wall and sees what sticks.

  • Norsedakotan

    Still curious why you guys haven’t mentioned Kreyos smartwatch?

  • zombiewolf115

    i like sonys smartwatch 2. so ill most likely buy that but still waiting to see if google will bring something out by the end of the year

  • joseph barrientos

    its also compatible with any phone, thats the seller, its not specific to any manufacturer other than themselves, love it!

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Any phone running Android 4.0.3 or higher.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Which, as of Aug. 1, is ~63% of all Play Store users. That’s a much larger install base than Samsung’s 4.3 devices.

        • joseph barrientos

          exactly, plus you can also always root and update to a 4.0.3 firmware. also smart gears UI sucks, and i’d know, im a mobile UI designer lol

        • Franklin Ramsey

          True, but it still isn’t any phone. Maybe any phone worth having, but not any phone.

      • MJ

        If don’t have Android 4.x or higher on your phone you need to invest in a new phone first before a smartwatch…

        • Franklin Ramsey

          But that doesn’t mean everyone will.

  • Ian

    Toq > Gear so far

  • meijin3

    I like the looks of it much better than the Gear.

  • Looks WAAY better than the Galaxy Gear. If they keep the price below $99, I would be gratefully surprised.

    • jbegs

      I’m hearing closer to the same $300 mark.

      • kashtrey

        Though this looks so much more worth it than the Gear. Samsung just doesn’t get design and that’s so much more important for a wearable rather than a phone that for the most part lives in your pocket.

        The Gear looks like a kids watch or some toy not a high end fashion accessory. This Toq looks like it wouldn’t get you laughed out of a formal event.

        • zurginator

          It would, just not as badly. It’s not a very ‘nice’ design, but it’s not going to stand out enough to get you tossed out at the gate.

    • $99? its hard to find a good regular watch for less then that! let alone a smart watch! this isn’t a Caseo watch from Walmart,..

      • It was more wishful thinking than anything. Realistically I would expect somewhere between $199-$299. Idk if I would pay that much though.

      • Kyle Miller

        What’s wrong with Casio watches?

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          right? you gotta tell time. Not have it cook you dinner

    • Guest

      nope, not paying $200+ for a wireless display. this def won’t be below $99 also.

  • bluemon

    your move, Google

  • sc0rch3d

    the clock is ticking…tick toq

    • strows

      I see what you did there