Pebble was one of the first companies to bring smartwatches to the public back in 2013. Now the smartwatch pioneer has announced a new watch which the company claims is the worlds thinnest and lightest, beating technology giants Apple, Samsung and Motorola.
The Pebble Time Round is the companies first circular product in the smartwatch industry. It is just 7.5mm thin and weighs in at 28g, however the downside to that is that it only offers two days of battery life between charges whereas the previous rectangular model lasted a week. While that is a pretty big downgrade from the rectangular variant, it is still better than what Android Wear and Apple Watches offer.
The smartwatch has a colour epaper display that is always on and readable even in direct light, but it can also be read in the dark thanks to a LED backlight. The Pebble Time Round is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It displays notifications, allows you to control music and other smart phone features remotely and runs Pebble apps, of which there are more than 6,000 available. The watch also offers speech recognition but only with Android devices.
Eric Migicovsky, co-founder of Pebble said: “It’s the first smartwatch that looks like a classic wristwatch and furthers our mission to create useful technology that blends into your everyday life, not the other way around.”
Pebble’s newest smartwatch features an all-metal casing in black, silver, and rose-gold variants. Users can choose between a black or white bezel around it’s 1.25inch display. While users can take Pebbles previous watches for a swim, they cannot do the same with the latest watch. It can take the occasional rain and shower as its splash resistant, but users have to take it off if you want to go underwater for long periods of time.
Pre-orders for the Pebble Time Round have began, priced at $250 with a leather band. The 14 mm version will come in black, silver, and rose gold, with an optional metal mesh strap, while the 20 mm version will come in black and silver. It will be available in the US from November costing from $249, with a UK release coming later this year and Europe in 2016.
Sources: Pebble, The Guardian, PC World
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