Pebble has finally took the wraps off a new smartwatch that evidently looks similar to the Apple Watch. Newly announced Pebble Time Steel is a focused vision for smartwatches, and is essentially a redressed version, featuring a slick, metallic finish along with a premium-looking leather and steel strap.
It was only a week ago, the company introduced a new color-screened device boasting a slicker profile among other tweaks, and having raised over 12 million bucks in smashing its initial campaign target through Kickastarter project and it’s clear that at least some consumers are not swayed by Apple’s upcoming plans regarding the new Apple Watch aesthetic.
Although, Pebble Time has marked improvement on past design, Apple on the other hand has done what it does so well, in selling a gadget as a fashion accessory as well as a tech product. Geeks were are impressed as one another with the Apple Watch, and with this in mind, Pebble has followed the suit with the new era of smartwatch, named it Pebble Time Steel.
However, with its $250 price tag for early birds on Kickstarter, it’s full $100 cheaper versus base-level Apple Watch. With athta siad, it may also be viewed as a bit of a knockoff of Apple Watch, and judging by the images, it’d be hard to refute such an assesments.
If you are searching for something a little easier on the eye, then it’s Pebble Time Steel, will take your fancy. The eventual retail price will be around the $300 mark, so you’re gonna save yourself fifty bucks if you jump on board now, and with the famed ten-day battery life carrying over from the Pebble Time, it obviously bests Apple’s effort in terms of endurance.
Have you already pledged your money for the Pebble Time but want this newer model, then you can do so by updating your reward tier via the ‘Manage’ tab found by your original Kickstarter pledge.
Pebble Time Steel
- Always-on, daylight readable color e-paper display with backlight
- Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass protection
- Delicately crafted, CNC-finished 316L stainless steel case
- Gunmetal Black, Silver Stainless, and Gold
- Includes fine leather and stainless steel
- Standard 22mm watch band with quick release mechanism
- Microphone for responding to notifications or taking short voice notes
- Up to 10 day battery life
- Water resistant and durable
- Tactile buttons for easy eyes-free clicking
- Silent vibrating alarms
- Language and international character support (Chinese coming soon!)
- Works with iOS 8 on iPhone 4s and above
- Works with all Android 4.0+ phones
Now it’s time to talk about what Pebble offering smartwatch customers. Yes! Pebble introduced smartstraps that lets accessory makers add electronics and sensors to interace directly with apps running on Pebble Time. With e-paper display and features, but it uses CNC-finished 316L stainless steel case and a larger battery that promises up to 10 days of battery life.
The Pebble smartstrap draws power from the pogo pin on Time Steal’s back and could add GPS, heart rate monitor, NFC, battery extension and many more. Since you can also change the strap and add a new feature simultaniously. The company has also released a mechanical and electrical designs that are 3D printed, and followed by that accessory makers can start working on the smartstraps. Pebble says that it will be finilized in the fure and work seamlessly on some of its own smartstraps.
The Pebble Time Steel costs $250, which is exclusively made available through Kickstarter, shipping in July. It will go on sale directly when it retails in stores then, it will be priced at $299.