Nokia Smartwatch concept has us drooling with envy

Nokia has been rumored to be building a smartwatch but as of now, there is little known about the device and there is a good chance the project could be killed with the Microsoft acquisition. But, let’s take a moment to go down fantasy lane and imagine what a Nokia smartwatch could look like if Nokia were to build one.

The concept posted above was created by a Phone Designer who placed the shots on Facebook. The watch is minimalist in nature and appears to only show notifications, unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Gear that tries to do everything, and this could help to keep its cost down.

The watch is designed to be a supplement to a phone and act as a notification center. The concept shows that it can alert its user to phone calls, emails, Skype notifications, text messages, and has some audio functionality built in too.  And depending on what you want in a smartwatch, this could be a great fit as the sleek profile makes for an attractive looking device.

The thing with a smartwatch is that it doesn’t need to be a ‘do-all’ type device. That’s why you carry a smartphone. A smartwatch should be a complement and reduce, but not eliminate, your need to carry a smartphone.

The Nokia smartwatch concept looks fantastic and we can only hope that Nokia will build something similar to this fantastic design.

Source: Phone Designer

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I think this doesn't show time. coz its just a notification centre . Main feature for a watch should be centered around time.

y2k2r2d2 said,
I think this doesn't show time. coz its just a notification centre . Main feature for a watch should be centered around time.

Time is the biggest thing on this watch...

I can see this being really handy for notifications, if they keep the price down. I don't always stare at my phone; most of the time I'm at home it is plugged in off to the side, so I don't see notifications. This would also be handy with a commute when you don't want to be holding your phone out.

They key is the price. The current smart watches are just ridiculous.

The word here is :CONCEPT.

a) Nokia is close to launch it to the market and this concept is just for marketing purpose
or
b) Nokia is just arriving to late to the party for a smartwatch and just designed a 2 day long concept that most likely, they will never sell it or produce a prototype (aka, to the style of MS Courier).

I think that, in this case, is b) and is sad because it looks cool.

M_Lyons10 said,
I hate the crap bands they always put on smart watches...

+1
Leather costs $1 and is more comfy than plastic. However, if it is standard then, it is a piece of cake to change it.

Designs are not always looking as the real ones. but if this is the case, it looks cool! sadly it will work with windows phone only... but crossing fingers to make it work with Android, pls!!! Nokia is known for a good hardware devices!!

Now that looks very nice and would be a nice extension of a WP8.x device. It's also very pretty so this product will never see the light of day because...Microsoft.

Ugh, pogo pins. Why can't it charge using induction? Other than that I think the design is nice. Wish the branding was only on the underside though, walking around with an ad on your wrist is tacky. Pebble wins here.

Geezy said,
Ugh, pogo pins. Why can't it charge using induction? Other than that I think the design is nice. Wish the branding was only on the underside though, walking around with an ad on your wrist is tacky. Pebble wins here.

May be because is expensive, slow and inefficient.

How much of a charge could this watch possibly need? Can't be that expensive, even my cheap toothbrush has this.

design looks very sleek; in fact i don't know why they can't pick the main reasons designer watches are good: very good design, premium materials and very good UI. The Samsung Gear looks horrible because it's like a smartphone jammed in a small, unaesthetic screen and Peabble still needs to mature more in the design aspects.

Essentially the Pebble can do most of that now. But the design looks nice. Getting it implemented in shipping form is however another matter.

I bought the first Sony Smartwatch, purely out of curiousity, used, for 20 euro. Since I haven't worn a watch for something like 15 years I wasn't thrilled. But the main problem wasn't that thing on my wrist (it's a lot smaller and prettier than the Galaxy Gear). It's that it's really enough to have the PC, the tablet and the smartphone notifying me about stuff. The only interesting time when I need yet another device alerting me would be in meetings. Yet the Bluetooth connection crapped out about two meters from my seat in the conference room.

Sold it for 40 euro a week later.

Does it really need to say AM or PM on a watch? How many times are you in a cave and/or bunker for more than 12 hours with only your watch to rely on AND it doesnt do military time?

linsook said,
designer watchers?? I'd put them in the same rubbish category as this smartwatch.
You obliviously have no idea what you are talking about. Or you do not attend events that would call for a nice designer suit and watch to set it off. Ever attend a high profile meeting with a few Generals, Colonel's, and community leaders? How about a charity event with millionaire doctors, brokers and lawyers? What about a nice dinner in Beverly Hills with your lady on a Friday night. These are just some of the things I regularly do and a fine watch compliments a gentleman's attire. Fine watches are a thing of beauty and if you knew anything about the craftsmanship that went into a real watch, you wouldn't put it in the same category as a smartphone.

A designer watch is not a fine watch. JLC, Patek, Vahceron, Ulysse etc.. and of course the ones you probably know, Rolex and Omega belong to that category of fine watches with real craftsmanship. They are however, NOT designer watches, which refer to Gucci, LV, Prada and the like. Its also the same about designer suits, there's only a few brands who actually carry really quality suits and that's because they are made by real suit makers, ie Zenga is to Tom Ford like Caruso is to Polo RLBL, Same applies for your shoes. AE, C&J, AS, EG, Carmina, Vass etc.. Stop looking at the brand and learn what real craftsmanship is all about and if you're spending more than 5k on a suit go bespoke (Saville Row) if not, maybe a MTM from Brooks.

linsook said,
A designer watch is not a fine watch. JLC, Patek, Vahceron, Ulysse etc.. and of course the ones you probably know, Rolex and Omega belong to that category of fine watches with real craftsmanship. They are however, NOT designer watches, which refer to Gucci, LV, Prada and the like. Its also the same about designer suits, there's only a few brands who actually carry really quality suits and that's because they are made by real suit makers, ie Zenga is to Tom Ford like Caruso is to Polo RLBL, Same applies for your shoes. AE, C&J, AS, EG, Carmina, Vass etc.. Stop looking at the brand and learn what real craftsmanship is all about and if you're spending more than 5k on a suit go bespoke (Saville Row) if not, maybe a MTM from Brooks.
You are correct. "Designer" was the wrong name to use in my original post. You don't often meet someone on a Windows forum who knows their watches.

Really? What makes you think that? I hope you're not insinuating people on Windows forums are somehow much less adept at knowing fine watches than those on Linux or OS X forums...

Physical design Is good but I cant help but think of a VCR while looking at the interface, I really dislike that you can see everything even though its inactive.. especially the giant PM, it looks like a looks like a giant watermark, why not just use 24h?

The good part about a smartwatch is they can simply release different UI themes for it, or let users create their own which can be shared, ranked etc. via a central site.

"there is a good chance the project could be killed with the Microsoft acquisition" - Maybe, or maybe they want to give the segment another shot.

"The watch is designed to be a supplement to a phone and act as a notification center" ...*sigh* until they come up with a Smartwatch that is truly "stand alone" and doesn't require an additional phone, Smartwatches are really not going to take off!

I would definitely get one, but I wonder why it doesn't include curved glass... Hmm...

I definitely looks like it would compliment a Windows Phone!

this looks so slick and cool. i highly doubt it will be this thin, the band should be able to hold the battery. For me, I don't wear a hand watch and I will never do. The battery should last at least a month and with the wireless charging capability. oh wait it is nokia, they will make it exclusive and whatnot (trust me they will and mess up their product.).

I wear a watch, but wouldn't wear a smart watch.

In saying that, this is a much better design than what the rest have come out with IMO.

Nashy said,
I wear a watch, but wouldn't wear a smart watch.

In saying that, this is a much better design than what the rest have come out with IMO.

I would wear a smartwatch (I already use my regular watch daily), but not one like this. I don't know why they're are insisting on these tacky designs. IMO the Pebble Steel (http://www.neowin.net/news/peb...high-end-smartwatch-for-249) is on the right track. Still not the prettiest, but the prettiest smartwatch I've seen so far.

Why would you want that, a smartwatch is for notifications, calendar agenda and clock and such. a phone is big and is for the actual usage.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Until these "watches" replace smartphones in their entirety, imo these are pointless.

no way José... I personally think that these watches should ONLY be a small extension to the phone (notifications, calendar agenda, maybe, etc)

Samsung have done it wrong, too much on there is overkill and will be poorly utilized. Look at that Samsung advert, just weird and overkill on ur watch..

also i reckon, we're not ready for this, technology is not advanced enough to have a complete OS in a watch form, need to mature voice control, holographic displays etc...

till then this is perfect for me!!!

put my name down for a dozen

As you can see in the trend of the last few years, bigger is better (to a certain extend). A watch simply won't get enough screen size. Even the smaller phones like Galaxy Mini, etc will look ridiculous on a wrist.

If we never had smartphones, and that all we do is text and call, then everything in one makes sense.

One of the biggest problems is that today's battery tech is absolutely terrible. It's bad enough to have to charge the phone every day or two, but now having to recharge your watch every night is just silly.

The price and aggravation just isn't worth the slight benefits you can squeeze out of it.

Wireless charging can easily be incorporated and it not being an over kill device with low power Bluetooth, it can potentially go days on a single charge and can be affordably priced.

Astra.Xtreme said,
One of the biggest problems is that today's battery tech is absolutely terrible. It's bad enough to have to charge the phone every day or two, but now having to recharge your watch every night is just silly.

The price and aggravation just isn't worth the slight benefits you can squeeze out of it.

i have a pebble watch & i only have to charge it once every week & a half. and it only has to be on the charger for a couple hours. i really don't find that a big deal for the advantages the watch gives

Brando212 said,
i have a pebble watch & i only have to charge it once every week & a half. and it only has to be on the charger for a couple hours. i really don't find that a big deal for the advantages the watch gives

The Pebble has a tiny display, which I believe isn't backlit, so that's how it gets decent battery life. This Nokia one is clearly backlit and will be plagued with the same problem that the Samsung has with crappy battery life. The screen is what single-handedly drains it.

The Galaxy Gear is bulky because it has a fat battery in it. This Nokia one, while it is a concept, is never going to be able to be that thin without having a tiny battery in it. At which point, the battery life is going to be laughable.

Don't get me wrong, these things look neat and could be nice to have, but with battery tech being so horrible, these things just can't be practical enough for the masses yet. People won't want it if it's huge, and people won't want it if the battery life is crap. Imo, it's vital that both of those hurdles are overcome.

Astra.Xtreme said,
The Pebble has a tiny display, which I believe isn't backlit, so that's how it gets decent battery life. This Nokia one is clearly backlit and will be plagued with the same problem that the Samsung has with crappy battery life. The screen is what single-handedly drains it.
1. pebble has a backlight you can activate just like any other digital watch (can also be set to be activated with a shake of your wrist)
2. the display is actually about average sized when you look at it in person

firey said,
hope it runs android!

Not if you want it to be pretty, don't get me wrong I like android but is aint pretty. I am talking about stock android of course. the custom skin will prob. make it pretty but buggy

Athernar said,

Why are you comparing a kernel with an OS.

I said not much more than MinWin. Not just MinWin. It needs a Bluetooth network stack and an incredibly simple UI.

They showed MinWin running a basic HTTP server and command line interface 6 years ago with only a 25mb footprint on disk and 40mb of ram.

rfirth said,

I said not much more than MinWin. Not just MinWin. It needs a Bluetooth network stack and an incredibly simple UI.

They showed MinWin running a basic HTTP server and command line interface 6 years ago with only a 25mb footprint on disk and 40mb of ram.

You're still essentially comparing a kernel to a fully featured OS.

Athernar said,

You're still essentially comparing a kernel to a fully featured OS.

... because it doesn't need a fully featured OS. If you don't give it a fully featured OS, you can save considerably in resources. What about the 'prototype' screams "I need a fully featured OS!"?

Sure, you could cut down Android... but why? That would defeat the purpose of hoping it runs Android (firey's comment).

rfirth said,

... because it doesn't need a fully featured OS. If you don't give it a fully featured OS, you can save considerably in resources. What about the 'prototype' screams "I need a fully featured OS!"?

Sure, you could cut down Android... but why? That would defeat the purpose of hoping it runs Android (firey's comment).

Because cutting down Android would be far easier to do, are you forgetting that Linux has been used on embedded devices decades before Microsoft even dreamed of MinWin?

Not to mention it's OSS, they could easily just fork mainline Android and strip every package they don't need.

Amazing, a seemingly intelligent attempt at a post-smartphone watch that isn't basically a smartphone crammed into the size of a watch with a crappy lightly-customised Android.

That's what a smart watch should be. Simple straight forward device that shows time and notifications, who calls and messages. Not a smartphone replacement on a tiny screen. Unfortunately it most likely has OLED screen and not color e-paper.

fredrichman said,
concept are usually good but when it comes to reality it will look like crap

If you are talking about concept just by itself, then you don't have the proper idea of what a concept is. Concept is just concept. It doesn't mean that the product will be massed produced - more likely that a product that is conceptual means that whatever is good in that design will make it to current products out in the market.

Now as for what you are saying, there is truth to that especially if it is a brand new product. The reason that happens is because manufacturers tend to cut cost, and the quality of the materials are the one that is suffering. However, we are taking about Nokia here. They are the one that made plastic look good.

Max Norris said,
Haven't worn a watch in years... but that could convince me to do so again. Purty.

So you must be one of those people asking others what time it is (as in "Well, I don't wear a watch, because I have a phone. Having said that, I can't be bothered to pull it out just to check the time")

agtsmith said,

So you must be one of those people asking others what time it is (as in "Well, I don't wear a watch, because I have a phone. Having said that, I can't be bothered to pull it out just to check the time")

There are precisely two occasions when I wear a watch.

In certain sports, like Skiing, it's much easier to access a watch than a smartphone. I do not want to take out my Lumia on a chairlift!

Most often, though, I wear a watch as jewelry, usually with a French cuffs. cufflinks, and a suit. In a boardroom, women particularly will observe a very good watch and take note. It's also a statement: different sorts of people will wear a Breitling, Rolex, or Cartier. It's not just about how expensive the watch is; an observant person will take note of a good mechanical watch, like a Grand Seiko. Does the wearer, for example, sail?

In the boardroom, watches are a wonderful thing, because it's something that you can use to comment to strike up a conversation with someone you don't know very well. Cell phones can be, too -- and in this way, iPhones are the least useful, because there's not much to talk about with them, unless it's a brand new model.

To the point of the article though, the Nokia concept watch is very slick, and at least looks nice!