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Qualcomm debuts Toq smartwatch

Qualcomm has announced the release of the Toq smartwatch that it claims will act as a “digital sixth sense” to let it showcase its new Mirasol display technology and not challenge the consumer electronics industry.

Amidst the hubbub surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, Qualcomm released the Toq that it claims is so efficient when it comes to power that it won’t need to ship with a power button.

“Toq’s always on, always connected, always visible wearable technology gives you a ‘digital sixth 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,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm.

The smartwatch will benefit from Qualcomm’s revolutionary Mirasol display technology, which uses up little power and is reflective. It provides an always on experience without the battery being drained.

As far as charging is concerned, owners will simply have to put the device inside its case and wait for it to power up using wireless charging with it estimated the watch will last five days between charges.

Qualcomm’s device will also allow the wearer to manage calls and messages as well as receive calendar information as long as a smartphone is connected to the wearable device.

Qualcomm confirmed that when the device is released it would be able to be connected to smartphones running the Google Android OS.

US consumers are the only ones that will be able to get their hands on the smartwatch when it goes on sale in Q4. Rob Chandhok, a senior VP at Qualcomm, confirmed that tens of thousands of the unit will go on sale for somewhere between $300 [£192] and $350 [£224].