China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba this week unveiled
There are also some health features being advertised, including heart-rate monitoring, motion detection, and a built-in pedometer.
Comparisons to the Apple Watch seem inevitable (though certainly not on price), but there’s also more than a little similarity to the ASUS ZenWatch here.
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On first impression, it seems likely that Alibaba will be selling this smartwatch at close to cost (if not at a loss) as a way to get more consumers plugging into its ecommerce platforms and attaching credit cards to Alipay accounts.
I wouldn’t expect the Pay Watch to be made available anywhere outside China, and we still don’t have exact dates for shipping.
We’ve reached out to Alibaba for more information, but for now you can check some of the official press renders below (keep scrolling, there’s quite a few):