If you are looking for a hybrid smartwatch that looks like a classic timepiece, Withings might have an ideal option. After the success of the ScanWatch, it is now introducing its successor, the Withings ScanWatch 2. Along with it, it is also launching the more affordable and basic ScanWatch Light.
The ScanWatch 2 receives a minor upgrade, with a new temperature sensor that could detect early signs of infection. The other sensors have been enhanced for better accuracy and power efficiency, but that is all there is to the hardware.
The only other new feature is its menstrual cycle tracking. You can now enter that data on your wrist, with predictions expected to appear after a few months. It is somewhat strange that this feature doesn’t work with the temperature sensor, though.
The case and face designs seem to be unchanged from the previous generation. You can choose between a 38mm or 42mm body with either a thick or thin bezel. The Withings ScanWatch 2 gets lugs attached to a black or white face in the steel versions. You also get the rose gold versions that come with a stone or dark blue face and band combination, as before. There is no Horizon version (the model that has the same internals but in a diver’s watch style).
Like its predecessor, the ScanWatch 2 has a sleek analog and digital display, a comprehensive and high-quality tracking system, and a 30-day battery life. And it still has Health Mate, which is considered one of the best fitness-tracking platforms in its category.
If you’re okay with a pared-down version, Withings also offers the ScanWatch Light. It can track basic activity, sleep, and heart rate. However, this hybrid watch does not have ECG, SpO2, and temperature sensors.
The hardware quality is also lower, with Gorilla Glass instead of Sapphire Glass, and it has a less accurate accelerometer.
Withings ScanWatch 2 & ScanWatch Light: Price & availability
The Withings ScanWatch 2 and ScanWatch Light are available for pre-order from today. They are expected to ship in October. The ScanWatch 2 costs USD 349.95 for the 38mm model, while the ScanWatch Light is priced at USD 249.95 for the smaller size.
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