+ Monday December 16th, 2019

The Montblanc Summit 2 was the first Wear OS smartwatch running the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, and it’s now just on twelve months old. According to an FCC listing, there’s a Montblanc smartwatch just around the corner and it’s called the Summit 2+.

The Montblanc Summit 2+ carries the model number S2C19, and while it includes the standard wireless communications for a smartwatch these days (NFC, Bluetooth and GPS), it also appears to include LTE support.

This isn’t a common feature on Wear OS smartwatches, or really any, especially as Wear OS isn’t really a platform that fully lends itself to LTE connectivity.  Some of the common bands in use in Australia are included, but not all, so while this watch will likely work in metropolitan areas, in those areas using different or less common frequencies, it might just not.

The disappointing change is the drop in battery capacity, from a somewhat respectable 340 mAh to just on 300 mAh. Given that LTE can draw a bit more power, you’d hope that there’s some competent power management here to offset the capacity drop.

Fortunately, like most LTE-enabled watches, the LTE chipset is only active when not connected to your phone, so hopefully it won’t make a big difference.

Being from Montblanc, you know this is going to be a good looking watch. I wouldn’t bet on it being an affordable one, though.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

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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