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It looks like more and more luxury watchmakers are jumping into the smartwatch bandwagon and want a piece of the Android Wear market. The latest wearable comes from Louis Vuitton, which is called the Tambour Horizon, comes with a hefty price tag that’s almost 8 times more than the entry-level Apple Watch.
While the Tambour Horizon is a very costly smartwatch, the internal hardware is almost the same as other Android Wear smartwatches released in 2017. The 42mm case features a circular 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen that packs a resolution of 390 x 390. The processor is the Snapdragon Wear 2100 from Qualcomm and also comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage capacity. The battery included has a capacity of 300 mAh. Despite the hefty price, the smartwatch doesn’t feature a heart rate sensor, which isn’t a big deal. When was the last time that you heard someone perform workout sessions with a $3000 smartwatch?
Louis Vuitton has also added a feature into the smartwatch, such as the “My Flight” app that allows travelers to add in their flight information for delay alerts, timings, gate information and more. There are also city guides for seven different world capitals preinstalled and to provide users with information about nearby hotels, restaurants, landmarks, and more. If you happen to be a Chinese citizen and you buy the device from another country before heading to China, the watch will be working on a Chinese operating system after a simple reboot, while you land in Shanghai.
Much like the Apple Watch Edition (which is a gold version of the Apple Watch), the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon smartwatch has more to do with expressing the status while featuring the latest wearable technologies of 2017. Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon will come in gray, black and brown colors, and with 60 different straps (30 of which are meant for men and the rest are for women). The Tambour Horizon smartwatch starts at $2490 (AED 9145). The black colored version costs $2900 (AED 10651). There isn’t any word as of when it will be available in the UAE.
While the new Android Wear device from Louis Vuitton is seriously expensive, users can look into the Movada Connect, Guess Connect, Montblanc Summit, TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, Hugo Boss Touch, and Tommy Hilfiger’s TH24 smartwatch. All these models run on the latest Android Wear 2.0 operating system and run on similar specifications, such as the Snapdragon 2100 processor. The Montblanc Summit starts from $890 (AED 3269), Tommy Hilfiger TH24 for $299 (AED 1029), and Hugo Boss Touch for $395 (AED 1450). Swatch is also expected to launch their own smartwatch operating software and release a Tissot-branded smartwatch by 2018.