The latest company to enter the budding smartwatch space is Indian smartphone vendor Intex. At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015, banners of Intex s forthcoming smartwatch the iRist have been spotted. Also Read - Flipkart Budget Days: Offers on Micromax Canvas Infinity, Sony Xperia R1 Dual, YU Ace and moreAlso Read - Intex launched its 4K UHD Smart TV with integrated Jio Cinema App; starts from Rs 52,990
The exhibition area at the conference kicking off tomorrow has banners of the smartwatch, reportedly called iRist. The strange name aside, the device in the banners hint at a design that is somewhere close to Pebble s smartwatches, The Quint reports. Also Read - 70% mobile phone users in India switched brands in Q2: Report
It seems to be made of plastic and features a squarish design with three buttons on the left. While there is no word yet, it could run on Google s Android Wear OS. Not a lot is known about the soon-to-be unveiled wearable, except the above photo and name.
Intex enters into a market that may still be in the nascent stage, but is steadily growing. According to an IDC report, 11.4 million wearables were shipped in the first quarter of this year, while almost 72.1 million are expected to be shipped by the end of this year. This is a strong 173.3 percent growth from last year, where 26.4 million units were shipped.
In addition to the wearable, other banners in the exhibition area hint at a possible new UI called iDMOS. The screenshots above show a custom design, which is quite flat and minimalistic to look at. Again there s not a lot of information available except what s seen in the above photo.
MWC Shanghai 2015 kicks off tomorrow, and we will have more information as and when Intex makes the announcements.