Apparently today is the day to announce your new smartwatch. Following Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Gear at IFA in Berlin, Qualcomm announced Toq, a new smartwatch of its own. The American chip-maker unveiled the wearable device at its Uplinq conference in San Diego.
The Qualcomm smartwatch will sport Mirasol technology that supports full color display, and comes equipped with an additional backlight, and a touchpad just below its fully functional touch-screen. Toq also offers wireless charging and should run for five days without needing a charge (compared to just 10 hours for the Galaxy Gear).
Like most smartwatches, Toq syncs with your smartphone, rather than serving as a standalone mobile device. It currently works with Android, though Qualcomm hints that it may sync with iOS in the future. The device can currently receive texts and respond with pre-selected messages, and also offers a number of widgets including weather and stocks. Third-party developers will also be able to develop their own apps for Toq.
Qualcomm is a bit fuzzy on when the smartwatch will come out or how much it might cost, but Time reports that the company hopes to release Toq in the fourth quarter of 2013 for between $300 and $350.