Withings announces the $70 Move smartwatch with 18-month battery life

The Withings ECG can track the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using an electrocardiographic sensor

The Withings ECG can track the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using an electrocardiographic sensor

Touching both sides of the bezel takes an ECG measurement and takes no longer than 30 seconds, says Withings.

The bulk of the "smart" features included on the watch are accessible through the Withings Health Mate companion app. It's important to note that the Withings Move ECG doesn't have FDA approval for the ECG feature (it's pending review). The Move ECG also has a connect Global Positioning System mode that lets you map outdoor activities when using the Health Mate app in conjunction with the smartwatch.

French technology company Withings has announced a new Analog watch with a built-in ECG or electrocardiogram monitor. As of today's announcement, the Move ECG is now under review for FDA clearance (the Apple Watch Series 4's ECG app and its irregular rhythm notification have FDA clearance in the US).

The benefit of having an ECG sensor attached to your wrist is that you can closely monitor the rhythm of your heart, and in extreme cases, detect any irregularities.

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Battery life is estimated to be 18 months on the Withings Move, and the company has given a variety of customizable looks for the 38mm watch with five color options set to launch from early February in the USA and UK. The Withings Move ECG is a new smartwatch that will be priced at $129.95 when it launches next quarter. At a more affordable price point, Move ECG could appeal to more people - and potentially save a lot of lives. This is a cuff to measure your blood pressure, alongside an ECG monitor and a digital stethoscope to monitor your heart health. But this unassuming 3-in-1 wearable device does more than measure your blood pressure, which it displays on an LED matrix screen.

To take an ECG, you keep the cuff in place and touch its stainless steel casing, which contains electrodes, with the opposite hand. Instead, the Move ECG leans on analog dials to show fitness and step tracking. That might have been done for looks (the Move ECG has a thin profile) or to extend the battery life (which is estimated at one year). That model, which is available to preorder now and starts shipping February 5, is a more direct successor of the Activite.

A small gauge on the watch face itself will tell you how close you've come to your daily step count goals, and will also monitor your sleep with stats on the duration and interruptions throughout night available. At $69.95 coming in February (pre-orders in the U.S. available now), the Withings Move will initially come in five color options to be later expanded to let customers select colors, cases, wristband materials, and even watch faces.

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