At long last Tag Heuer has released its second generation smartwatch. Called the Modular Connected 45, it will be powered by an Intel processor and will run Android Wear 2.0. Though the new addition looks similar to its predecessor – the Tag Heuer Connected – it is radically different in its design concept. As you may already be able to tell from its name, it features a highly modular construction. The watch case, lugs, strap, and deployant can be swapped out and changed. The watch head is offered in stainless steel or titanium, but it will be offered with a variety of different types of bezels in aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramic. In all, Tag Heuer says that there are over 56 variations.
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As suggested by its name, the Modular Connected 45 will feature a 45mm wide case. That is a bit large, but it is necessary for its sizable display. The display measures 1.39 inches, is protected by a 2.5mm thick sheet of sapphire glass, and uses AMOLED technology. It is also a fully round display without a flat bottom that you see on most other smartwatches with a round face. The Modular Connected 45 will also come with 30 watch faces, but users can create their own with the Tag Heuer Studio app that comes with the watch.
Inside, the watch is powered by an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, which will offer up to 25 hours of battery life. There’s GPS and NFC, but no LTE or heart rate monitor. Water resistance is an adequate 50 meters. The Modular Connected 45 will also have all the usual features you’ll expect to find from a competent Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, including fitness tracking, notifications, Android Pay, and Google Assistant.
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Tag Heuer has always been keen to combat the issue of obsolescence in smartwatches and that is the key reason behind the Modular Connected 45’s modular design. Since the modular construction allows the watch head to be swapped, owners will be able to easily upgrade when Tag Heuer releases a successor to the model. In addition, the modular construction will also allow owners of the Modular Connected 45 to swap watch heads with two of Tag Heuer’s mechanical models, namely the Calibre 5 – a simple three-hander that shows the time and date – and the more complicated Calibre 02T – Tag Heuer’s new entry-level tourbillon watch.
The Tag Heuer Modular Connected 45 is available now with prices beginning from S$2400.
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Story originally appeared on HardwareZone.