A company called ‘Tappy Technologies Limited’ has just introduced their first hybrid smartwatch, and it seems like it was developed in collaboration with Meizu. In any case, this smartwatch is called the Meizu Newatch. This company is in the business of contactless payment products, and they’re basically making wearable products. Tappy Technologies Limited was actually present at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where they displayed the world’s first module that can be embedded inside smartwatches. In addition to the module for smartwatches, the company also displayed the Flexitag for jewelry and wearables which enable contactless payments.
While announcing the Meizu Newatch, the company’s CEO, Wayne Leung, said the following: “The Meizu Newatch is just the first example of how Tappy will evolve the contactless payment industry”. This smartwatch essentially enables you to make payments without your smartphone, and you don’t need to pull out a credit card out of your wallet either, so it’s very convenient, same goes for the company’s Flexitag which can be used for jewelry and various other wearable products. The company’s products use NFC (Near Field Communications) technology which companies include in their smartphones for years now. This company actually filed for a number of various patents which are based on unique eSE and NFC antenna designs in order to make their products versatile, so that they can be included in all kinds of various products.
Now, the company’s all-new smartwatch has a built-in pedometer, while it can serve as your sleep monitor, and send you ‘message alerts’, we’re not sure if that means that it can notify you for every notification you receive though, as the company mentioned only ‘message alerts’, so it’s possible that they meant notifications in general. This smartwatch can also locate a smartphone you paired it with, which is always a useful feature to have. The Meizu Newatch uses a traditional watchface instead of a digital one, and you can use it to make payments globally at contactless payment terminals which support MasterCard, Visa and UnionPay. This smartwatch offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, while it is made out of stainless steel. The Meizu Newatch is compatible with both Android (4.4+) and iOS (8+), while it is only 12mm thick. In their press release, this company actually listed meizu.com website as a point of reference, which suggests that the Meizu Newatch is actually Meizu’s smartwatch using Tappy Technologies Limited’s NFC technology, as suggested in the first paragraph. Unfortunately, that is all the info we have about this smartwatch at the moment, though you can check out its real life images down below.