Upcoming smartwatches 2021: Exciting wearables we're waiting for

Smartwatches are the hottest property in tech right now, and there are plenty of upcoming devices to get excited about.

As we close out 2021, there will be a host of few and exciting devices hitting our wrists. The Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS has now been released, and of course, the Apple Watch Series 7 still leads the way.

Read on for our round-up of the upcoming smartwatches we're excited about.

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It's the rumored smartwatch that has never gone away and with Google's acquisition of Fitbit, that speculation has surfaced once again.

The latest leaked information suggests it will be called Google Pixel Watch and the render above is based on what that leakster claims the smartwatch is going to look like.

Back in April 2021, reports alleged the Pixel Watch would feature a round, bezel-less look and will have 20 strap options. Those rumors pointed to a launch in October 2021, which has come and gone.

But the rumors have fired up again, courtesy of Jon Prosser. He leaked marketing pictures that back up his own renders above – and say the name 'Pixel Watch' is still on the cards. And he expects us to see the Pixel Watch in Q2 2022, after delays caused by the chip shortage.

Q2 2022 is also when Wear OS 3.0 is said to land – which makes the whole thing seem quite plausible.

Read our full guide to the Pixel Watch for more expectations and questions.

Moto Watch 100ETA:Ships 10 December

The Moto 360 is back once again – this time in the form of the Moto Watch 100.

CE Brands (a company that licences and reboots trusted brands) is behind the launch – two years after a misfiring attempt to bring back the Moto 360.

This time it's a different proposition,with a $99 price tag, 14 day battery life and a custom operating system.

It packs in a 1.3-inch LCD display (not AMOLED which is now ubiquitous) with a middling resolution of 360×360.

But it packs a punch in terms of sports and fitness. There are 26 sport profiles to choose from, and as you’d expect there’s also a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor for the tracking of blood oxygen. However, there's no GPS on board.

The aggressive price tag excuses a lot of the shortcomings in screen tech and GPS – but we're keen to assess the performance of the custom operating system.

The Moto Watch 100 is not going global at launch – and will be available in the US and Canada, costing $99 USD and $129 CAD respectively,from motowatch.com. TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPSETA: October 2021

Mobvoi’s 2021 update to its flagship range is a sizeable update – and brings a more refined look and some new health features.

The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra looks more stylish with the etched bezel. However, the dimensions haven’t changed at all.

The Pro 3 Ultra retains the 47mm case, 1.4-inch screen with the impressive 454 x 454 resolution at 326ppi.

It boasts the usual dual-layer display from the Pro range that turns the AMOLED screen off to show a low-res FSTN screen. That, in conjunction with the dual processor that runs alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 chip, means the Pro 3 Ultra still offers 72 hours of battery life and 45 days in a low power mode.

The new Pro 3 Ultra is tougher with US Military Standard 810G toughness

But it’s the new HR features that catch the eye.

It adds irregular heartbeat and AFib detection,‘mental fatigue assessments’, and it will keep tabs on energy levels.

There’s GPS built in and 20 sports tracking modes, along with NFC payments via Google Pay.

It still runs Wear OS, although it will ship with Wear 2.0. Mobvoi hasn’t confirmed that it will be upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022, like the existing TicWatch Pro 3, but this is surely a given.

Withings ScanWatch HorizonETA: November 2021

The ScanWatch Horizon brings the same features as the existing ScanWatch – but in a diving watch aesthetic.

The 43mm smartwatch features a laser-engraved rotating bezel and luminous hands,with green or blue faces.

There’s the same OLED display to show activity data and notifications – and the secondary activity goal dial. It also costs £499 – so it retains the reassuring expense of a true diving watch.

Withings has upped the water resistance to 10ATM, so you can take it snorkelling or swimming.

Elsewhere, it offers the same features as the ScanWatch, which is finally on sale in the US.

Key features are ECG and sleep apnea detection,both of which are certified by the FDA and CE in Europe.

Elsewhere is heart rate monitoring, step and activity tracking, some excellent sleep monitoring – and you can take it for a run using Connected GPS, although on-watch feedback is non-existant.

It also costs £499 – so it retains the reassuring expense of a true diving watch.

Redmi Watch 2 LiteETA:Out now

The Redmi Watch 2 has been announced for release in China – although seems unlikely to get a release outside of developing markets.

But the Redmi Watch 2 Lite, which launched at the same time, is available in Europe and the US.

The 1.6-inch AMOLED of the main Watch 2 is out,replaced with a 1.55-inch IPS, which is a significant drop in quality.

However, it retains the heart rate sensor, SpO2 and, most surprisingly, the GPS sensor.

It’s still 5ATM water resistant and the battery will last 5 days of heavy use.

And it's gone on sale via AliExpress, which lists a US price of $62 and a UK price of £49 – not including shipping costs.

Oppo Watch FreeETA: October 2021 (China)

The Oppo Watch Free joins the existing Oppo Watch, and is designed to be a cheaper, sportier smartwatch than the Oppo Watch (and Oppo Watch 2). However, like the Oppo Watch 2, it's only announced for China right now.

It’s a dead ringer for the Huawei Watch Fit, with a tall rectangular shape, and identically-sized 1.64-inch AMOLED display, curved 2.5D glass and a 326ppi density.

The heart rate monitor has SpO2 capabilities, so it will read blood oxygen data. And there are 100 sport profiles although no built-in GPS.

Sleep is also a big focus, and Oppo has added snoring monitoring to its standard tracking of duration and quality of your slumber.

It’s far cheaper than the Oppo Watch series of smartwatches. The Watch Free has a price tag of CNY 549 ($84). The Oppo Watch 2 costs CNY 1,300 (about $200/€170).

Honor Watch GS3ETA: Announced in China only

Honor has officially teased its new Honor Watch GS 3 smartwatch in China. The news came via an official Weibo post, accompanied by plenty of pictures – but there's little info on specs or features.

The Weibo post shows off a host of straps and finishes – gold, silver and gun metal with several different leather bands.

The only details are that the Watch GS 3 will feature an “eight-channel PPG heart rate monitor, ” which the company claims is enhanced by an AI processor.

These are publicity renders, so things can (and usually do) look less impressive in the flesh – but the Watch GS 3 certainly catches the eye in terms of thinness and the lack of bezel.

It's certainly one to watch – but given it's not out in China yet, it could be a while until it hits the US/Europe (if at all).

Whoop 4.0ETA: September 2021

The new Whoop 4.0 is here – and it's smaller, more powerful and has the potential to be worn on more places open the body.

The Whoop 4.0 is 33% smaller than its predecessor,and now includes a pulse oximeter to monitor blood oxygen levels and a skin temperature sensor.

Sleep features have also been expanded, with a new sleep coach that uses haptic alerts to wake you up at optimal times based on sleep cycles and sleep time advice.

Quoted battery life is the same 5 days delivered by the Whoop Strap 3.0.

Whoop has also announced its new Body range – with apparel such as bras, pants, leggings and sleeves designed to put Whoop in more accurate and comfortable places on the body.

Realme Watch 2ETA: On sale in Malaysia now / Global TBC

The Realme Watch 2 is now real and it seeks to pack in more features into a budget body than its predecessor that launched in early 2020.

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