Coolest smartwatches in South Africa

Smartwatches are growing in popularity worldwide, according to Gartner. The company forecasted that 310.4 million wearable devices will be sold worldwide in 2017, generating revenue of £30.5 billion. Of this, £9.3 billion was expected to be from smartwatches.

Two categories Gartner said will perform well are smartwatches for kids, as well as traditional watch brands. Gartner said it expects kids’ smartwatches to represent 30% of total smartwatch unit shipments in 2021. Cool smartwatches for South African adults and children are listed below.

Apple Watch Series 3

The Watch Series 3[1] comes in 38mm and 42mm variants – with GPS and GPS+Cellular connectivity options.

Watch Series 3 models which support cellular connectivity will not be arriving in South Africa anytime soon, however, said distributor Core[2]. A 38mm Watch Series 3 (GPS) sells for around R5,900.

Samsung Gear S3

The Samsung Gear S3 comes in Classic and Frontier variants.

Both models feature wireless charging to a 380mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity, 4GB of memory, and an IP68 environmental rating.

Fitbit Ionic

The Ionic features a battery life of four days or more, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility. It also has an SpO2 sensor, which makes it possible to gain deeper health insights by tracking conditions like sleep apnea.

The Fitbit Ionic has a recommended retail price of R5,500.

Huawei Watch 2

The Watch 2 runs on Android Wear 2.0, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and the 4G version supports its own cellular connection. The Huawei Watch 2 is available from R5,000.

Now read: Diesel launches first Android smartwatch[3]


  1. ^ Watch Series 3 (
  2. ^ distributor Core (
  3. ^ Diesel launches first Android smartwatch (

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