Pebble Time smartwatch with color screen and 7-day battery life goes official

Pebble Time smartwatch with color screen and 7-day battery life goes official

Amid the emergence of Android Wear smartwatches and Apple Watch, Pebble has just unveiled the Pebble Time as its new smartwatch. The watch has a color screen and offers a 7-day battery life.

The Pebble Time features an e-paper display which is quite similar to the one that was debut on the original Pebble but there are colors in the background to give an all-new experience. The presence of e-paper display helps the smartwatch in maintaining its power and to deliver as high battery life as 7 days, despite of its always-on functionality.

The display panel does not support any touch inputs, unlike any of the available Android Wear smartwatches or Apple Watch. Thus, there are physical buttons on the left and right sides.

Pebble has provided an upgraded interface which it called Timeline. This new interface has been divided into three parts – past, present and future – and has capabilities to provide users real-time notifications, news, reminders and events in a chronological order.

Pebble Timeline interface

Pebble Timeline interface

The Pebble Time is ergonomically designed to fit on almost any wrist size and is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble with 9.5mm thickness. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top while the bezels are made of stainless steel. The new built has been packed with water-resistant capabilities and enable the smartwatch to work under rain or during a water-balloon battle or even in a swim. In addition, there is a built-in microphone to allow users to pass voice commands to the smartwatch.

Pebble has provided standard 22mm watch band support and bundled special bands with a quick-release pin that let users swap bands in under 10 seconds.

Similar to the original Pebble and the last year launched Pebble Steel, the Pebble Time smartwatch works with iOS 8 running iPhone 4s and above as well as with all Android 4.0 or above running smartphones.

Pebble Time

Pebble Time

The Pebble Time comes with backward compatibility, which means that users can install and use over 6,500 existing Pebble apps and watch faces. Moreover, developers would soon introduce new apps for its colorful e-paper display.

Pebble has chosen Kickstarter as a platform to start selling the Pebble Time smartwatch in three color options – Black, White and Red. The smartwatch is available with a special price tag of $179, while its regular price will be $199.

The Kickstarter project has already garnered over $3 million, surpassed the goal by four times within an hour of its launch. For all those who are backing Pebble for the second time, it is set to offer the Pebble Time smartwatch with “something extra special”.

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