To the world Pebble is known for one thing and one thing only – smartwatches. To fund the project the company launched Kickstarter campaign in April 2012 and since then has released three generations of watches. The latest member of the Pebble family called Pebble Time was announced just one week ago and today the company debuted a stainless steel version which will be known as Pebble Time Steel.
Pebble Time Steel Smartwatch
The name pretty much explains everything – the body of the Time Steel is made of stainless steel. Compared to the regular Time which is made of plastic, the Steel variant is 1 mm thicker and obviously heavier. Some may see it as a drawback, others might not even notice the difference, but one thing is certain – the Time Steel looks and feels much more premium that the plastic version. In fact, it brings to mind the Apple Watch.
The Time Steel will be available in black, gold and stainless steel options and will ship with a complementary leather strap for those who don’t like the touch of cold metal on their wrist.
Redesigned exterior, however, is not the only improvement. Pebble also increased battery capacity so that now the watch can give you up to 10 days of usage time on one charge. Other than that, the Time Steel has exactly the same purpose as any other smartwatch that is to serve as an extension to your smartphone. The wearable is compatible with iOS and Android phones and can display text messages, emails, incoming calls, and notifications from social media accounts as well as other data. Moreover, the watch is water resistant, has tactile buttons for easy clicking and offers multiple language support.
Unsurprisingly, the Time Steel is more expensive than the regular Time. Quality costs and smartwatches are no exception. The wearable can already be ordered through Kickstarter but it will start shipping in July, that is if everything goes as planned. Early backers can have the device for $250 and final retail price is set at $299. Just to remind you, the Pebble Time is priced at $179 from Kickstarter, and will retail for $199.