Pebble has unveiled two new smartwatches and one fitness tracking device.
Pebble has been struggling a lot lately, but that wouldn’t stop them from making new products. The original Pebble Time didn’t get much attention, as the design looked like a toy watch. Now Pebble has also upgraded the original Pebble, in hopes of getting their hold of the market back from the recent surge of Android Wear devices.
The Pebble 2 was built from the design of the very first smartwatch. It inherits a large part of the original Pebble’s design, especially the rectangular body. This time around the Pebble 2 is covered with Gorilla glass “anti-scratch lens coating” instead of the plastic that was used on the predecessor which caused many problems for users. The Pebble 2 is water resistant for up to 30 meters so it that it can be worn anywhere and everywhere the user is. It now has a built-in microphone to be used in note taking and voice replies as well. A heart rate monitor is also embedded inside the device so it can keep track of your activities and rest everyday. It has a monochrome e-ink display that is low profile and battery efficient at the same time. Staying true to its ancestors, the Pebble 2 can last up to 10 days on a single charge.
Pebble 2 is currently available on Kickstarter at $99 and it comes with five colors to choose from. Once successfully funded and the product has been launched, it will retail for $129.
Pebble Time 2
As the name suggests, this is the direct successor of the Pebble Time. However, there’s something new going on here. Previous smartwatches from Pebble come in two version: 1 plastic and 1 steel premium model. They have now merged them and came up with just the Pebble Time 2. It is made up of stainless steel and comes in colors Black, Silver and Gold. The e-paper screen is 50% bigger than the original Time. Other features include the heart rate monitor, microphone and a 10-day battery life.
Both Pebble smartwatches run on the latest Timeline software.
Pebble Time 2 is now available on Kickstarter starting at $169. It will be priced at $199 after.
The Pebble Core is a surprise announcement, as it is the first non-smartwatch product from the company.
Most 3G and GPS-enabled are expensive and bulky in nature, that’s why Pebble came up with an idea of putting this functionality to their smartwaches using watch straps. Unfortunately, it didn’t went into production because the size wasn’t feasible.
[one_third]The Core looks like an iPod shuffle on steroids.[/one_third]
Pebble Core was the product built from the struggle. It’s a small and lightweight clip-on device that you can wear when you’re out. It can give you data regarding the distance you’ve achieved through the GPS and detail your running pace. The Core can also stream music via Spotify to keep you entertained. Like the other Pebbles, it comes with a built-in microphone to take notes and answer calls. It also has a SIM card slot so you can stay on your cellular network even if you’re out for a run.
It’s available on Kickstarter for $69, $30 cheaper than the planned $99 retail price when it lands in January.