Omate TrueSmart Elegance Hands-On: Lighter Design, Same Smartwatch

Omate has yet to ship its TrueSmart Smartwatch to its original Kickstarter backers, but the company has already added a new wrist-worn gadget to its lineup. Announced at Mobile World Congress 2014, the TrueSmart Elegance claims to be 30 percent lighter than its predecessor.

The TrueSmart Elegance is a purely aesthetic upgrade from the original version. In addition to slimming down the body, the Elegance comes in two new colors: Pink Gum and Bronze White. The TrueSmart is among the few smartwatches that can act as a standalone device, meaning its features won’t be limited when it’s not paired with your phone. Omate also unveiled a$499.99 luxury version of its watch dubbed the Sparkle, which is covered in champagne-colored Swarovski crystals.

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The waterproof timepiece comes equipped with a 1.3-GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor, a 5-MP camera mounted on the side of its watch face, quad-band GSM support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support and an embedded microphone and speaker.

At $299, the TrueSmart Elegance costs $50 more than the entry level $249 first-gen model, which comes loaded with 8GB of onboard storage. However, the newer watch is the same price as the more expensive $299 first-gen model with 16GB of space.

The TrueSmart essentially delivers an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience to your wrist, but Omate has included some of its own features as well. For example, TrueSmart wearers can preset certain messages that can be sent to a designated contact by long pressing the bottom button on the watch face’s side. For instance, if you’re out on a jog you can have a programmed message that says, “Out jogging, talk to you soon,” if you don’t feel like bringing your phone.

Although the TrueSmart Elegance still feels a bit bulky, it’s slimmer than other smartwatches we’ve seen with similar features. The Neptune Pine, which can also act as a phone replacement, comes with a much larger 2.5-inch display and a cumbersome build that looks comical on your wrist. Omate’s second-gen smartwatch isn’t available just yet, but should be launching within the next couple of weeks.