Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pebble Time brings a E-ink color display and a 7 day battery life to the watch game

You can still donate on Kickstarter , Click here to visit Pebble's Kickstarter page

Pebble has unveiled its latest iteration of the Pebble smartwatch line - the new Pebble Time is the company's first smartwatch to feature a color display , but like previous models , the Pebble watch boasts a 7 day battery life thanks to its Color E-INK display and proprietary software and low power hardware . The watch has already hit gained $500,000 in backings from its Kickstarter page in a few hours which is a clear sign that this watch will be a hit once it goes on sale .

The new Pebble watch is reported to be 20% thinner (the new watch is only 9.5mm thick) than the Original plastic pebble watch launched almost two years ago . All models feature a stainless steel bezel to which the somewhat curved chassis is attached to .  The product features a 22mm watch strap port which means the standard rubber ones can be dropped off for any 3rd party watch strap of your choice , Pebble lists the color options as follows - 

Black watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel
White watch case and silicone band with silver PVD stainless steel bezel
Red watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel

Interestingly , the new Pebble watch has a "smart accessory port" which is reportedly a jack to which 3rd party accessories like more sensors (fitness sensors comes into my mind) and smart straps can be mounted on .The watch ,unlike previous models , has a microphone built in , this used for some voice features which is further explained as follows -

*Sending voice replies works with most major Android apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and hundreds more. For iOS users, voice replies are currently limited to Gmail notifications. We’re working to enable voice replies for more apps.

Software on the new Pebble watch is also a huge step up from the original , drawing inspiration from rival products , the new interface has a Timeline feature which "organizes relevant information like notifications, weather, news, travel, and reminders chronologically." this removes the tast of opening a app to access information , and therefore you can view content like mail , messages , call information,weather and even sports scores with just a few button clicks . The new Pebble is also compatible with all existing pebble apps so you don't need to worry about migrating with those watchfaces you just bought . 

Pebble is also partnering with a few companies (Many including Pandora , Misfit ,Jawbone,ESPN,Evernote ,Weather channel ) in order to make the app experience even better on the new watch .

The new Pebble watch is said to go for $159  $179(on kickstarter - the previous offer ended in a few hours as the set donations were met) and $199 for all of you who will buy it on retail .And of course , the watch only works with iOS and Android .

*Always-on, daylight readable screen with a great backlight
*Up to 7 day battery life
*Use any standard 22mm watch band
*Water resistant and durable
*Tactile buttons for easy eyes-free clicking
*Silent vibrating alarms
*Step tracking with Misfit and Jawbone
*Language and international character support (Chinese coming soon!)
*Timeline will work on Pebble and Pebble Steel (exact date TBD)
*Works with iOS 8 on iPhone 4s and above
*Works with all Android 4.0+ phones including Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and more

Written By Rakitha for MasHD

Source - SlashGear

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