One of the most recognisable wearable brands has just revealed yet another smartwatch, heading back to its roots by launching the device via Kickstarter.
Pebble released its very first wearable device through the crowdfunding website, gaining 68,000 backers. Now the company has officially launched its latest wearable through the programme – smashing its $500,000 target in less than half an hour.
In fact, the current device, which is called the Pebble Time, has now reached over $8m in support, with around 38,000 backers at the time of writing.
The campaign is running for another 30 days, however stock is dropping fairly rapidly – with the company’s early bird special price of $159 (£103) already depleted.
The good news is that you can still grab the Pebble Time for less than RRP through the programme, with a $179 option set to be around $20 cheaper than on a full release.
Pebble has long stood by the quality of its wearable devices, and it’s no different with its latest smartwatch.
Boasting an ‘always-on’ e-paper colour display, the Pebble Time is promising a market leading 7 day battery life, powering well ahead of almost every other smartwatch in the business.
A built-in microphone also allows users to respond to notifications via voice, whilst an improved operating system also brings in an intuitive timeline design.
Whilst the square style display sticks around, its thickness has been cut down by 20%. Also, you can attach any 22mm watch strap to the device, meaning that customisation options really are endless.
Coming in three different colours; red, black and white, the Pebble Time is set to work with both iOS and Android devices – something which made the original device so successful.
The Pebble Time’s phenomenal backing goes out as a real warning shot for the likes of Apple and other manufacturers looking to invest in the wearable market.
Apple’s long awaited Apple Watch is due this March, whilst HTC and Motorola have also been tipped to unveil new devices at MWC. However, can they compete with the Pebble Time’s low price tag and solid performance?
Apple is likely to point consumers toward the inclusion of the wearable iOS software, along with the addition of the likes of Apple Pay – features which Pebble won’t be able to match.
Either way, it will be interesting to see how both devices stack up against one another in the long run, with other wearables also joining the fray.
The Pebble Time will be shipping worldwide this May, and will also be available in-stores and online after its launch.
Of course, if you fancy grabbing one of them now, you can always check out the Pebble Time Kickstarter page here!
Written by Luke Hatfield