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Teardown of the low-cost No.1 Sun S2 Smartwatch #WearableWednesday

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Overview

We have already done a teardown on the LG watch R and today we will tear down the Sun S2 \ to see what lessons we can glean from this low-cost smartwatch from China. A review on the watch has already been done and we are not making a head-on comparison with the LG watch R.

It will be interesting to learn the design and manufacturing differences between the two that brought about such a big price difference. We will look at the following:

  1. The Charging Plate and base cover
  2. Audio Speakers
  3. Battery and microphone
  4. Mainboard PCB
  5. Comparison
  6. Conclusion

Introduction

Tech circles were recently abuzz with announcements of new smartwatch releases, such as the new Samsung Gear S2

(watch their keynote here), and Huawei’s Watch. Each smartwatch had their features benchmarked against the famous Apple watch.

However exciting the new smartwatches are, consumers often forget that the bulk of global electronics manufacturing is still centred in China with massive manufacturing infrastructures capable of producing electronic wearable clones en masse.

Although Huaqiangbei district in Shenzhen, Guangdong province is notorious for counterfeit versions of leading electronics brands, we are increasingly seeing products with additional features not found in the original devices. The features are – of course – targeted at the growing segment of cost-conscious and tech-savvy consumers.

In fact, Apple watch knock-offs were available for sale the following day after the timepiece was unveiled. It is a fresh reminder that Chinese engineers and factories are more than capable of churning out cheaper alternatives and producing fakes at turn-around times measured in weeks instead of months. All of these propelled by the insatiable appetite of consumers for the latest technologies.

The market has seen trends where consumers not necessarily desire the best or latest gadgets, but what’s more accessible to them in terms of affordability and availability. Such trends explain Xiaomi’s meteoric rise in the market of wearables and smartphones, surging past incumbent market leaders such as Fitbit and HTC.

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