2018 is shaping up as an interesting year for wearables. Google has recently rebranded the faltering Android Wear platform to Wear OS and is reportedly planning to launch three Pixel-branded smartwatches by the end of the year. Between Qualcomm’s releasing of a brand new Snapdragon chipset for wearables and rumors about an upcoming Samsung smartwatch that runs Wear OS, 2018 really looks like a great year for wearables.
So, what are the best smartwatches to look forward to in 2018? There’s at least a handful we know about right now, though many others are sure to be announced further down the line. That’s why this article will be updated throughout the year, as more information is revealed about future wearables from Samsung, Apple
, Google, and other manufacturers. Right now, here’s the best smartwatches coming out this year that we know about right now!
Apple and Huawei have already introduced AI-focused chipsets last year, the A11 Bionic and Kirin 970, respectively. Not one to allow itself to be left out of the latest trends in the mobile world, Samsung is reportedly working tirelessly on a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) of its own. For mobile devices, the company is said to have already reached “the technological levels of Apple and Huawei”, or so unnamed sources in Korea claim. Samsung will even “come up with better chips” (than Apple and Huawei) “for sure in the second half of the year”. The race is on, then.
The company only started developing its NPU in the second half of 2017, which is the reason for the delay compared to its competitors. With an NPU, a smartphone can process, analyze and store data without the need of a cloud server. Samsung is likely to showcase some of its NPU’s capabilities at MWC in Barcelona next month, though it’s unclear if that will be an open presentation or a ‘behind closed doors’ type of event. The first handset to come with Samsung’s NPU built-in will be the Galaxy Note9, which is apparently scheduled to launch in September. More here