Today, ZTE announced its first wearable for the United States. The Quartz, which you’ll only be able to buy through one carrier, runs Android Wear and doesn’t cost a fortune to bring cellular connectivity to your wrist. The goal is to change the perception that capable wearables have to be expensive to be worth any attention.
During the last couple of years, we’ve seen ZTE reshape its products in the United States to be more than just affordable. Now you can get phones from the company that give a premium look and feel. The same goes for the Quartz, which sets ZTE on a path to produce feature-packed wearables at a welcoming price.
The Quartz includes most of what you’d want from a wearable, but this Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch is priced at $192. That’s a price tag you probably weren’t expecting on a device that offers cellular connectivity.
Like the rest of the smartwatches from this wave of Android Wear hardware, the Quartz features Android Wear 2.0 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. Both were made for each other; therefore, performance should be pretty smooth and longevity on the 500mAh battery should be safe.
Obviously the battery is larger than what other smartwatches have, but that’s because cellular connectivity is present. You need the larger battery to keep the smartwatch from dying within a few hours, especially if you plan on solely using the Quartz without a phone by its side.
The Quartz also has a 1.4-inch AMOLED (400×400) display covered by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, interchangeable bands and watch faces, an IP67 rating, and a GPS. Keep in mind, though, that the cellular connectivity is 3G, not 4G LTE, and there is no NFC support.
Compared to the LG Watch Sport, the Quartz is a bargain. Both have cellular connectivity and a GPS, but the Watch Sport is $299. The Quartz, meanwhile, is a $192 which is actually less than even the LG Watch Style.
T-Mobile will begin selling the ZTE Quartz online and in select stores this month. While you’ll have to wait until April 21 to get it in stores, the carrier will have the smartwatch available online on April 14. If you’re on T-Mobile’s One plan, you can add a wearable for just $5 per month. So neither getting the Quartz nor adding it to your account is too expensive.
Buy it now: T-Mobile