Montblanc's first smartwatch, Summit, elevates Android Wear 2.0 into another stratosphere

A couple months ago, many were reporting about the demise of the wearable and there were even general concerns about how Google's latest Android Wear 2.0 showcase looked a bit light when it came to launch devices. But things have changed dramatically over the past month, with several brands stepping up to the plate to offer up their own smartwatches in support of Google's platform. Today, German luxury brand Montblanc, known for their exquisite writing instruments, watches, and jewelry, announced their first entry in the smartwatch category, the Summit.

The Summit will arrive in a 46mm steel or titanium case that measures 12.5mm in depth. The AMOLED display will be protected by a domed sapphire glass cover and the watch will be available in four different configurations.

Montblanc Summit specifications:

  • 1.39-inch full circle AMOLED display (400x400 resolution)

  • 512MB RAM

  • 4GB storage

  • 300mAh battery

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

  • Bluetooth 4.1

  • IP68 water resistance

  • Heart rate monitor

While the brand does tout the device's ability to handle fitness and mapping tasks, the Summit does not offer a dedicated GPS module inside the watch. Although that might not be a huge deal, the device also omits NFC, a feature that if available could take advantage of Google's Android Pay service that was newly introduced to supported wearables with Android Wear 2.0.

The Montblanc Summit will be available to purchase starting in May 2017 with a starting price of $890 USD. MR PORTER, will be the exclusive online retailer for the first two weeks before it will be made more widely available on the Montblanc website and other retail partners.

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