Michael Kors is rolling out three new smartwatches including its first ever sporty number running on Google’s Wear OS.
Vying for a place on your wrist will be the Michael Kors Access MKGO, Kors Access Bradshaw 2 and the Lexington 2. The Bradshaw is once again a watch aimed at women while the Lexington is a new addition and sees the fashion brand return to making a smartwatch option for men.
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But it’s the MKGO that grabs out attention first. Back in May 2019, the Fossil Group revealed in its earnings call that sportier Michael Kors watches were on the way. The MKGO is available in four different looks with all models featuring a 43mm nylon case with an aluminium bezel.
It measures in at super slim 7mm and comes with 20mm silicone straps. It’s also packing a 1.19-inch, 390 x 390 resolution screen and is waterproof up to 30 metres depth.
In terms of features, the MKGO offers some newer and older hardware here. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 processor, though only has 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. There are now Wear watches out there that double that storage and RAM capacity.
To track your sporty escapades, there’s a heart rate monitor, built-in GPS and you can track swimming via compatible third party Wear apps. It will unsurprisingly have access to Google Fit to track workouts and an onboard altimeter, which means you will be able to track your elevated activities too.
On the Wear OS features front, you’re getting smartphone notifications, music control, weather updates, Google Pay for contactless payments, customizable watch faces (including some of Michael Kors’ own) and pre-installed apps like Spotify and heart health monitoring app Cardiogram.
Battery life for the MKGO is said to be 36 hours and all of the watches will be priced at $295.
Michael Kors Access Lexington 2
Next up is the Lexington 2, which comes in five different looks and features a 44mm stainless steel case and bezel, which hosts a 1.28-inch 328 ppi resolution AMOLED display. It measures in at 12mm thick and features 22mm straps.
It offers everything the MKGO does, but notably does include a built-in speaker, 8GB of storage and 1GB RAM. What does that mean? Well, it means you can take calls from the Lexington 2, store more music and apps and should hopefully get a performance that’s a lot smoother than the MKGO.
There’s also a 310mAh battery that should muster up at least a day’s play with new battery saver modes on board to push things further and help you get a few more days off a single charge.
Prices for the Lexington 2 start at $350 with the most expensive model in at $425.
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2
Last up is the Bradshaw 2, which comes in six different models with all featuring a 44mm stainless steel case and bezel with a 1.28-inch, 328 ppi resolution AMOLED touchscreen display. It essentially matches what you get with the Lexington 2, which means it also gets that speaker and ramp up in storage and RAM.
Prices for the Bradshaw 2 also start at $350 with the most expensive version coming in at $395.
In terms of availability, you can snap up the MKGO and Lexington 2 right now. The Bradshaw 2 will land on 25 September, so in a few weeks time. We’ll be getting some hands on time with all of the new watches at IFA to see just how fancy (and sporty) these new MK watches are.