Pebble introduces the Metal, an all-metallic smartwatch with a chic look (video)
To say 2013 was a very good yr for Pebble is a large understatement. The corporate began out at final yr’s CES displaying off practical variations of its iconic smartwatch — you understand, the one which generated over $10 million on Kickstarter in a matter of weeks — and it ended the yr by saying it had pushed greater than 300,000 models and was planning to launch a devoted app retailer. However whereas the watch has a wholesome ecosystem, loyal following and a sporty look, the Pebble is not precisely the sort of system you slap in your wrist for wine-tastings or galas on the native artwork gallery. For these forms of occasions, you will want a premium-wanting smartwatch, however good luck discovering one; you will in all probability simply choose in your conventional Rolex or different fancy piece of wrist jewellery over anything available on the market.
Thankfully Pebble did not come to CES empty-handed this yr. CEO Eric Migicovsky introduced the Pebble Metal on the firm’s press convention this morning, which takes the unique Pebble watch and encapsulates it in an all-chrome steel, CNC-machined physique. When you like the thought of the Pebble, however do not assume it radiates sufficient magnificence or class, the $250 Metal could also be extra up your alley. The brand new gadget can be obtainable alongside its predecessor on January twenty eighth, however you’ll be able to pre-order it starting as we speak.
So what did we take into consideration Pebble’s new look? In a nutshell, we prefer it (though the jury’s nonetheless out on the identify itself). Maintain studying under to get our full tackle the brand new watch, and benefit from the picture gallery and palms-on video first.
Earlier than we go any additional, let’s make an necessary clarification. The Pebble Metal is not changing the unique model, which can proceed to be out there for $one hundred fifty by way of a number of totally different channels. Fortuitously, it is not creating fragmentation inside the Pebble lineup both; except for a number of minor hardware modifications (comparable to a brand new charger, Gorilla Glass, an anti-fingerprint coating and an LED notification mild, which is used to point the watch is charging), the Metal provides little or no additional performance. Most of the different specs stay the identical: the e-paper show, waterproof design, consumer interface and battery are equivalent.
Certainly, probably the most putting modifications to the Metal are all beauty, all of that are welcome enhancements that give the Pebble a way more mature look. The chrome steel physique is surrounded by a small, black racing stripe close to the highest, which doubles as an exterior antenna; with out it, the Bluetooth sign can be persistently obstructed by the watch’s metallic chassis. Every Metal will include two wristbands — leather-based (under) and metallic (above) — however this time, commonplace bands aren’t going to be suitable. Pebble plans to launch the design specs in a 3D-printable format, in case third-celebration producers need to provide you with a greater variety of choices.
You can too select between two out there colours: Brushed Stainless and Black Matte. Whereas each fashions function the identical construct materials and high quality, the black unit’s casing is coated with a Bodily Vapor Deposition (PVD) end that helps make the physique extra scratch-resistant and barely extra sturdy.
We have all the time been keen on the unique Pebble’s look, however there’s undoubtedly one thing to be stated about the truth that the Metal is just extra trendy, to not point out simpler to make use of. It nonetheless feels simply as snug to put on and even the buttons supply a extra satisfying expertise; we did not really feel like we needed to push as arduous on the Metal’s buttons to navigate across the UI, which is a large win for the watch’s industrial design.
Earlier we talked about that the Metal sadly does not use the identical charger as the unique model. Because the new watch is formed fairly a bit in another way than its predecessor, the group needed to make some changes. Luckily, the result’s at the very least a very good one: In concept, because the contacts even have slightly bit extra floor space, it expenses the Metal quicker. Additionally, don’t be concerned about having to purchase a brand new one — as you may anticipate, it’s going to include one within the field.
On the firmware aspect, the Metal will include Pebble OS 2.zero constructed-in, and you’ll reap the benefits of the corporate’s new App Retailer. CEO Eric Migicovsky tells us that greater than 6,000 builders have already submitted apps, so the Metal ought to have a reasonably wholesome number of video games, watchfaces and different apps when it launches. This record of apps consists of ESPN, Pandora, GoPro, Yelp, Foursquare and Mercedes.
Pebble Metal. January twenty eighth. Inform your folks.
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- Key specs
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- Type issue Different
- Working system Different
- Display measurement 1.26 inches
- Storage sort Inner storage
- Most battery life As much as 168 hours
- Dimensions 1.eighty one x 1.34 x zero.forty one in
- Weight 1.ninety seven oz
- Launched 2014-01-28