Thursday , September 20 2018 Ausdroid » Smart Accessories » Smartwatches » Nixon’s Mission, powered by Android Wear, positions itself for a down-under launch on 11 October

Nixon Mission Smart Watch

Nixon’s entry into the Android Wear smartwatch world was announced earlier this year (six months ago, in fact) and since then, we’ve anxiously been awaiting its arrival here in Australia (and for our friends overseas, there too!) Well, we need wait no longer, with Nixon announcing the worldwide launch for the 10th of October, which will be the 11th here factoring in time differences (they’re a US brand, after all).

Nixon is a brand with established kudos in the fashion / watch industry, and it’s great to see those with a pedigree of design talent entering smartwatches. We’ve already seen Fossil getting on board, and Nixon makes another entry well worth having; let’s face it, the technology brands don’t have a monopoly on form and function, and the Mission proves that. Designed for outdoors use, it comes with a partner app to power up your skiing, surfing, snowboarding and more, with weather forecasts and other data built right in.

Of course, being a technology journalist, these activities are somewhat beyond me, but for those who enjoy them, the Mission will be a great crossover of tech and fashion on the seas and slopes. The tech nerds won’t be left wanting, with a 400×400 AMOLED display, Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor (its new!) and plenty of sensors including GPS, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, gyro, accelerometer and humidity. Of course there’s tradeoffs, with no NFC, heart-rate or speaker, but we can mostly live without those.

Key Specifications:Nixon Mission
Screen size1.39-inch
Screen technologyAMOLED
Resolution400 x 400
PPI406
ChipsetSnapdragon Wear 2100
Core config1.2 GHz x 4
RAM512MB
Storage4GB
MicroSD
Battery400 mAh
Charging methodCharging clip (magnetic)
CellularNo
Speaker
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Dimensions48 mm
Colours
  • Black
  • Concrete
  • Orange/Gray
Build materialsStainless Steel and Polycarbonate
Band colours
  • Black
  • Concrete
  • Orange
Band materialsRubber
Band swappableYes

Nixon have the Mission available for pre-registration now, so you can note your interest and be notified when the watch goes on sale here in just under four weeks. Having had a bit of time with one, this will be one of the more exciting smartwatch launches in recent times.

 

Chris Rowland   Director / Editor (Ex-Officio)

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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craigo
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No speaker? What about alarms? Will it have a beeping speaker? Seems odd to have a watch that can’t alert you.

Phill Edwards
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It’s an activity watch…without a heart rate monitor?! That’s a shame. Seems like a missed opportunity.

Brad
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Totally agree. Went from number 1 on my list, to off it completely based on that. :’-( I was HeaRt broken when they released that info.

Chris
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Yep I was the same. When it was announced I was so excited as finally there was a smart watch that has every sensor that I have been waiting for in a form factor that I would want to wear. Then read no heart rate sensor. WTF. Why bother. Will just have to keep waiting.

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Sammy

No speaker no sale

Yianni Soc
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This… 1000 times this.

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