Pebble has just taken the wraps off of three new products — the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core.
With a focus on fitness and a new design, the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 aim to bring some notable improvements over their predecessors. We’ll also give you all the details on the Pebble Core, the company’s first non-smartwatch product. Let’s get to it!
The Pebble 2 is the company’s most affordable watch to date. Instead of building off the design language the Pebble Time brought to the lineup, the Pebble 2 acts as a true successor to Pebble’s very first smartwatch.
The Pebble 2 sticks closely to the original Pebble’s design. It has a rectangular body, but this time around it sports a Gorilla Glass “anti-scratch lens coating” display instead of a plastic one. The big news here is that the Pebble 2 (and Pebble Time 2) comes with a built-in heart rate monitor, so you’ll be able to keep track of your resting and active heart rate throughout your day. The Pebble 2 is also water resistant up to 30 meters, has a built-in microphone for voice replies and note taking, a battery that will last 10 days on a single charge, and it’s also running an updated version of Pebble’s Timeline software.
The Pebble 2 is available on Kickstarter in five color options starting at $99. The watch will retail for $129, so you’ll want to check this one out soon if you’d like to save a few bucks.
Pebble Time 2
Historically, Pebble has introduced two models of smartwatches — a standard, plasticky version, and a Steel model that’s made of more premium materials. This time around the company chose to combine the two models to make a worthy successor to last year’s Pebble Time. The Pebble Time 2 is made of stainless steel and comes in Gold, Silver and Black color options. It comes with a color e-paper display that’s more than 50% larger than the original Pebble Time. It also has a built-in microphone, heart rate monitor and a battery that will last 10 days, just like the Pebble 2.
The Pebble Time 2 is available now on Kickstarter for $169. This watch will retail for $199.
Now on to the most interesting announcement of the day, the Pebble Core. Part of the problem with GPS- and 3G-enabled wearables is that they’re normally expensive and bulky. Pebble toyed around with the idea of creating watch straps that bring this functionality to their watches, but size was a big reason why those straps never happened. Enter: Pebble Core.
This is a compact and lightweight little device that you can wear when you’re out on a run. It can track your running pace and distance with GPS, allow you to stream music via Spotify and capture voice notes when you’re on the go. It’ll even let you use a SIM card to get access to your cellular network. Basically, the Pebble Core is a clip-on device that eliminates the need to bring your phone out on a run.
The Core is available now on Kickstarter for $69 and will retail for $99 when it comes to market in January.
So, those are Pebble’s new products. Interested in learning more? Head to the Kickstarter link below to get all the details.
[press]Pebble Launches New Product Lineup on Kickstarter
Redwood City, CA (24 May 2016) — Pebble Technology Corp., the smartwatch pioneer and Kickstarter record-holder, is proud to launch its new product lineup on Kickstarter, the same community-driven platform that helped Pebble introduce the smartwatch to the world four years ago. The lineup includes two new fitness-focused smartwatches, Pebble 2 ($99) and Pebble Time 2 ($169), with new built-in heart rate monitors and activity tracking. They also deliver the same phone, text, and information notifications Pebble products always have. Beyond these new watches, the company is also expanding into the broader wearables market with the introduction of Pebble Core ($69), its first non-smartwatch device. Pebble Core is a first-of-its-kind 3G connected wearable device designed for runners to enjoy their workout without carrying a smartphone. Pebble Core streams music with Spotify integration, tracks your location with GPS, and can send an emergency SOS with your location. Starting today, anyone can back Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter at pebble.com/kickstarter.
“Pebble has a rich history of giving people simple devices that do a few things really well and make life easier. Health and communications is at the heart of how people use wearables today,” said Eric Migicovsky, CEO and co-founder of Pebble. “Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 combine the power of a fitness tracker with the awesome smartwatch features that we’ve developed over the last four years. With Pebble Core, we’re launching off the wrist and taking wearables to the next level.”
Ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight, and ultra-affordable, Pebble Core is a new type of wearable device that frees you from the hassles of exercising with your phone, but keeps you connected so you can listen to music and track your activity on the go. Available in White and Black, Core can easily clip-on to your clothing or fit in your pocket. Without needing your phone nearby, Pebble Core enables you to:
- Stream music from Spotify Premium and stay motivated with favorite playlists.
- Track running pace and distances via built-in GPSSync with Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, Google Fit and Under Armour Record.
- Capture voice notes for those brilliant ideas that hit in the middle of a workout.
- Send an Emergency SOS notification with your location to trusted friends or family.
- Quickly activate Pebble apps, like ordering an Uber, with just the tap of a button.
- Easily connect to keychains or bags for safe-keeping or to find lost items.
- Use a SIM card for cellular access.
- Enjoy phone-free exercise for hours (battery lasts up to 9 hours playing music and tracking GPS).
- Charge wirelessly with any Qi charger or with the included cable.
Made from stainless steel and available in Gold, Silver, and Black, Pebble Time 2 is a premium smartwatch for the active professional. It features a color e-paper display that is more than 50% larger than its predecessor and a higher resolution of 80% more pixels to see twice the text. Its battery lasts up to 10 days on a single charge and just like Pebble 2, is focused on fitness with a built-in heart rate monitor and microphone.
Pebble Core, Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are available exclusively on Kickstarter now with worldwide shipping and will be coming to pebble.com and other retailers later this year and early 2017.[/press]