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Qualcomm and Readboy Announce Unique 4G Kids Watch to Power Next Generation Learning

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, with Zhongshan Readboy Electronics Co. Ltd (Readboy), announced the W8, Readboy’s latest 4G kids learning smartwatch based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform.

The new Readboy W8 is a unique smartwatch for kids that combines family communication capabilities with fun learning experiences. In addition to voice calls and messaging, kids can easily interact with their watch by asking questions, and the watch answers back using a knowledge base of over 100,000 fundamental questions and answers. The watch can also teach kids fundamental language skills in Chinese and English, narrate stories and sing songs, and the embedded 2-megapixel camera provides children with the ability to share images from their unique perspective. 

“It’s no longer just about the ability to make emergency calls using a connected watch, with the Readboy W8, not only are kids constantly connected with their parents but they enjoy a personal companion to rely upon.,” said ShuGuang Qin, general manager, Readboy. “We continue to make improvements to enhance the learning experience for kids. Over the past 17 years, we have developed a huge range of electronic products that help children read, write, and learn. Our goal is to make it fun and exciting for the children during the learning process, and with Qualcomm Technologies’ cutting-edge Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform, we are able to deliver on these promises with leading 4G connectivity and an enhanced experience for the user.”

The Readboy W8 is one of the first kids learning smartwatches powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform. It supports 4G connectivity, in addition to indoor and outdoor positioning through a combination of Wi-Fi®, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and 4G location triangulation techniques, and provides access to a wide range of Readboy content. The Readboy W8 uses an optimized version of Android, thus delivering a sleek 4G kid watch with extended battery life.

“The kids watch industry continues to grow rapidly in China and innovations like the Readboy’s interactivity is attracting new types of customers into this growing area,” said Pankaj Kedia, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to be working with Readboy to help further facilitate not only family communication, but also new learning experiences for kids. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform offers powerful performance which in conjunction with Readboy’s education heritage, is making it possible for today’s kids to learn on the go.”

Additional features included in the Readboy W8:

  • 1.39” AMOLED
  • 4G multi-mode with support for GSM, WCDMA, FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE, and CDMA, thus ready for all three networks – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom
  • Range of indoor and outdoor location technologies for positioning
  • Hi-fidelity voice communication and sound interaction
  • High definition 2-megapixel camera
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 featuring 512MB LPDDR3 memory and 4GB eMMC storage
  • G-sensor and PPG sensor

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