Don’t expect too much from the VC200, as the model number suggests it’s likely a humble sequel for the kid-friendly GizmoPal smartwatch.
The timing seems just right for that rumored high-end “Nemo” wearable to complete pre-release testing and score the mandatory certifications on its way to US store shelves. Unfortunately, the Verizon-bound timepiece the FCC approved on August 11 simply doesn’t fit the description.
Granted, it supports both Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g connectivity, furthermore leaving room for a Big Red SIM card with standalone access to the nation’s largest CDMA network. So, technically, it sounds like a premium device that doesn’t need to pair to a smartphone to make and receive voice calls.
But here’s the thing. VZW already sells an independent gadget dubbed GizmoPal for $80 through Best Buy, and as the low price clearly indicates, that’s by no means a fancy, top-of-the-line smartwatch. Instead, it’s designed to appeal to small children, and lets parents easily locate and contact them.
Why are we telling you all this? Well, the first-gen GizmoPal carries a designation of VC100, and so, it’s safe to assume the VC200 over at FCC will ape and possibly improve the OG’s capabilities. That includes cross-platform compatibility, water resistance, a decent battery of 400 mAh or so with roughly 6 days of standby endurance and all sorts of neat tracking and security functions.
What you obviously won’t get from a GizmoPal 2 is a high-res screen, Android Wear software, or smartphone-rivaling RAM and processor. The dimensions mostly match those of the original, at 56 x 41.5 mm and 33 mm in display diagonal, which is further proof we’re onto something with our guessing games.
Of course, there’s always a possibility we’re reading the signs wrong, and maybe this is the 480 x 480 pix res Nemo after all. Or another upper tier, mainstream-oriented Watch Urbane spin-off. That’s the beauty of enigmatic FCC listings. They leave everything to the imagination.