If you were planning to show off your pre-ordered Pebble smartwatch to friends and family by September, you’d better have a back-up plan. The shipment for Kickstarter’s golden project has been pushed back from its initial September date.
The delay is likely due to overwhelming orders for the E-Ink watch. As explained on Pebble’s Kickstarter page, the team initially only expect to manufacture 1,000 Pebbles before they launched the project on Kickstarter. To go from that number to producing over 85,000 units of the smartwatch is no easy feat to accomplish.
While the team also said that they are “sticking pretty closely to an aggressive timetable,” the new shipment date for the Pebble smartwatches is yet to be revealed. They are apparently on track, however, to start manufacturing 15,000 Pebbles per week soon.
Understandably, not everyone will take the news too kindly. We hope the Pebble team will provide some concrete date soon, because otherwise those Sony and Motorola smart watches will start to look more attractive — especially the former as it is now $100 cheaper compared to when it was first released. Then again, you can’t exactly use MotoACTV for a swim now, can you? Nor do the two competing devices makes use of E-ink technology.
How disappointed are you with the delayed shipment of Pebble smartwatch? Will you jump ship to Sony’s or Moto’s offering? Sound off in the comments, pretty please.
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hmm… i hope pebble takes time to add more features as well. But regardless, a great watch!