ZTE Joins Android Wear Fray With The Quartz Smartwatch

ZTE is set to join the Android Wear stable this year with the Quartz smartwatch.

Venture Beat got hold of some promotional materials that show ZTE's supposed foray into the smartwatch business. A leaked image of the Quartz also surfaced courtesy of leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass.

Little is known of the planned ZTE smartwatch, however, as even the marketing materials provided to Venture Beat are yet to be finalized. The leaked image does show some of the Quartz's physical attributes. The Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch sports a round design and a metal body. The color of the watch face is supposedly customizable while the band can also be replaced to match the watch face.

Also discovered earlier in the month was the Bluetooth SIG certification awarded to a device labeled with the model number ZW10 which points to the ZTE Quartz smartwatch. The certification is for a smartwatch with support for 3G connectivity. This is by far the only spec known of the ZTE Quartz.

ZTE launched a smartphone back in 2015 that went by Quartz which paves the question as to why the company used the same name on a completely different device. The previous smartwatch under the ZTE brand was called the Axon Watch which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress last year. The ZTE Axon, however, has been available in China since 2015. Incidentally, ZTE also launched a couple of smartwatches at the MWC 2016 - the Venus 1 and Venus 2.

ZTE will be participating in the 2017 version of the MWC and has signified that it will hold its press conference on Feb. 21. There are some rumors that a new OS update will come by Feb. 9 while LG's two Android Wear smartwatches are expected to be launched on the same day. That said, the ZTE Quartz will have some stiff competition once it drops in stores.

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