Modular Smartwatch BLOCKS Up For Pre-Orders With Android 8.0 - CES 2018

The Kickstarter-enabled BLOCKS is now available for pre-orders more than two years after it originally concluded its crowdfunding campaign, with the modular smartwatch starting at $259. Consumers are able to choose between the Gunmetal Black and Stainless Steel Silver cases which can be combined with either the Sunrise Red or Gunmetal Black smart straps. The modular selling point of the device is meant to be reflective of the fact that the process of ordering the gadget provides you with a wide variety of choices in regards to the actual hardware it ships with.

As previously promised by the startup, anyone interested in ordering the BLOCKS can decide whether they want an environmental sensor, heart rate monitor, LED flashlight, touch-enabled smart button, GPS, and an extra large battery alongside the core module, with all of these components being offered as optional add-ons to the base device, coming in the form of extra smart straps priced at $35 each. Purchasing the smartwatch with all half a dozen straps will set you back $469 not including shipping which ranges from $11 to $15 depending on whether you're in the United States or somewhere else in the world. In overall, the value offered by the package was significantly more attractive in late 2015 when the BLOCKS was initially introduced as the majority of its optional modules come with features that are already present in most contemporary mid-range wearables with noticeably lower price tags.

The main device boasts a 1.39-inch AMOLED display and 512MB of RAM backed by 4GB of internal flash memory and the MediaTek MTK6580M, a quad-core chip clocked at a maximum operating frequency of 1.39GHz. A 350mAh battery is also part of the package, as is Android 8.0 Oreo. The BLOCKS boasts both a microphone and a speaker, as well as a vibration motor. It's charged via a proprietary connector and compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The project originally raised $1.6 million on Kickstarter and was meant to result in a commercialized product in mid-2016 but ended up being hit by numerous delays, as is often the case with Kickstarter initiatives. The startup is now promising that pre-orders will start shipping by the end of the current quarter. A limited number of backers recently received the core watch but modules aren't expected to arrive until next month. The BLOCKS is also currently being showcased at Las Vegas-based CES 2018 which ends tomorrow.

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