Japanese company Citizen is known for its analog watches, but the company is about to jump into the new hybrid category that is seeing cooperation from companies such as Fossil (Q watches), Skagen (Hagen Connected), TAG Heuer (Connected Carrera), Withings (Steel HR), and even Martian (Kindred VIP).
According to a report out of Asia, Citizen will launch an analog, solar-powered smartwatch by the end of the year. This means that the Citizen smartwatch can charge up by room lights and won't need to be plugged into a wall or a USB port on a computer or laptop to juice up.
In addition to the upcoming smartwatch's solar-powered capability, Nikkei says that the new Citizen smartwatch will offer Bluetooth pairing with your smartphone so as to make calls, a "Find My Phone" feature (this is a staple of the Gear Fit2 I'm wearing at the moment), and automatic time correction with daylight savings time built-in. The Citizen smartwatch is expected to retail for 80,000 yen, or $783 USD, and there's no word at this time on whether or not the Citizen smartwatch will make its way outside of Japan.
Citizen has launched a smartwatch in 2012 called the Eco-Drive Proximity smartwatch, and, even further back, released a "smart" watch back in 2006 that was unsuccessful. Perhaps this smartwatch will have great luck, especially if it's released in North America.
Would you like to see the Citizen smartwatch come to the US?