The Acer Leap Ware smart fitness watch was announced today at Acer’s next@acer global press conference in New York. This fitness focused pseudo smart watch runs Acer’s own OS, bucking the trend of companies adopting Android Wear.
“As the pace of modern lifestyles become ever more hectic, people demand technology that can keep them on track and motivated to pursue their goals,” said MH Wang, General Manager, Smart Device Products, IT Products Business, Acer Incorporated. “The new Acer Leap Ware is designed to act as a virtual coach to help people go, track, and share, sending them reminders and alerts when they need them the most.”
Acer’s Liquid Life mobile app pairs with the Acer Leap Ware and allows users to set daily fitness goals and provides notifications to motivate the users to stay on track.
In addition, all exercise sessions completed on the Acer Leap Ware watch will be synced and recorded in app for further analysis.
Acer Leap Ware Smart Watch Features
- Monitors heart rate, stamina, stress/fatigue levels, and exposure to ultraviolet rays
- Three to five days of battery life
- Built-in LED light which illuminates at the press of a button
- 42-mm (1.6-inch) touch enabled display features Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+
- IPX7 rated, withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
- Compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 8+
- Changeable standard 20mm wide watch straps
- Limited smart notifications, see who is calling or texting
- Changeable watch faces
Interestingly the watch peddles minimal features despite being endowed with MediaTek’s first bio-sensing analog front-end (AFE) chip designed for health and fitness devices and MediaTek’s MT2523. You won’t see GPS capability nor are there physiological measurements such as those seen in the economically priced Huawei Fit Smart Watch. Furthermore smart notifications appear to be subdued and the wearable isn’t suitable for swimming.
It remains to be seen whether there’s room for a device such as the Acer Leap Ware in the market today. Amazfit’s Pace has already set the benchmark for offering killer features at low prices. Apple, Android Wear, Fitbit, Garmin, Polar and Suunto have pretty much cornered the wearable scene with limitless variations of what wearables can possibly be. It’s a tough market to crack.
Perhaps that’s why Acer has joined forces with MediaTek and Taiwan’s Easycard company to sponsor 13,000 special edition Leap Ware smartwatches for the 2017 Universiade Taipei games, offering fitness tracking with payment features.
The Acer Leap Ware will be available in North America in July with prices starting at $139.