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Armani Exchange Connected is the brand’s first touchscreen smartwatch

Exchange Connected is the first touchscreen smartwatch to fall under the Armani Exchange division. The watch packs some pretty decent specs including a heart rate sensor, Google Pay, built-in GPS, a swim-proof design and more. Best of all, it comes without a hefty price tag!

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The new watch from the fashion brand fits a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen into a classic, premium watch design. As you’d expect, the display shows off Google’s Wear OS. Other specs pretty much mirror the recent upgrades we’ve seen in other “fourth-gen” smartwatches that fall under the Fossil Group umbrella.

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This includes the standard fitness tracking sensors and a heart rate sensor, built-in GPS for untethered tracking of outdoor activity and a water friendly (up to 3 ATM) design. Armani says there is no native app for tracking swim workouts but you can use third party apps. Users can also enjoy Google Assistant on their wrist and smartphone notifications.

Under the quite large, 46mm hood you’ll also find the Snapdragon 2100 processor, and not the recently-unveiled Snapdragon 3100. Nevertheless, the watch still features most of the functionalities you’d want from such a device. The whole thing is powered by a 300 mAh battery which allows you to squeeze up to 2 days on a single charge.

Armani has released a touchscreen smartwatch before but these came from the Armani Emporio division. If you’re confused, the company currently has three lines: Giorgio, Emporio and Exchange. Each of these is priced to appeal to a certain demographic. The new smartwatch is at the “budget” end of the luxury brand’s offering.

The Armani Exchange Connected comes in a four variants including gold-tone, black, silver and coal stainless-steel. It will be available starting today at Amazon.

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