Five years on from introducing the world to the first Pebble smartwatch, Eric Migicovsky and his team officially unveiled its natural successor, the aptly named Pebble 2 alongside the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core.
This time, Pebble is bringing a more fitness feel to proceedings by adding features like a built-in optical heart rate monitor along with the ability to intelligently track sleep and step counts thanks to the built-in accelerometer.
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Until we get our hands on one for review, here’s everything we know so far about the Pebble 2.
Pebble 2: Design
The Pebble 2 is going to be available in five different sportier colours (black, white, aqua, flame and lime) offering more variety than its predecessor as well. Dimensions-wise, it measures in at 39.5 x 30.2mm with a 9.8mm thickness and weighs in at 31.7g. So it’s lighter and slimmer than the Classic.
The polycarbonate body is joined by a 22m silicone strap, which feature the quick release mechanism so you can swap in other bands. Pebble is sticking with the same 1.26-inch, 144 x 168 resolution always-on e-paper display, which now features Gorilla Glass 3 for an extra layer of protection. You still get the same set of physical buttons to navigate the menu screens.
Water resistance is down from 50 to 30 metres, but it does mean you can take the Pebble 2 for a dip in the pool.
Pebble 2: Features
To emphasis those sporty credentials, there’s an optical heart rate monitor to accompany the built-in accelerometer to track workout activity. It looks likely that you’ll be able to take readings during workouts and get resting heart data. It’s the Pebble Health integration though that will really put those sensors to good use, letting you collect all of your data including heart rate readings inside the native app.
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Pebble has upgraded the internals adding in the same ARM Cortext M4 processor found inside the Pebble Time. Unlike the new Pebble Time 2, there’s no GPS and Wi-Fi support is missing in action as well. You do still get a built-in microphone letting you leave quick voice replies and notes.
Pebble 2: Software
For those loyal Pebble fans wondering whether the company has abandoned its smartwatch roots, the iOS and Android friendly Pebble 2 will still offer the same phone, text and notification support along with music control. The latest version of the Timeline OS will be in tow as well offering all of the same features and access to existing Pebble apps and watch faces.
Pebble 2: Battery life
You’ll still get the same week’s worth of battery life as the Pebble Classic, wiping the floor with the Apple Watch and Android Wear watches for stamina. You will still have to use the standard Pebble USB charging cable to power it up however.
Pebble 2: Price and release date
If you’re interested in the Pebble 2, it’s joining the Pebble Time 2 and Core wearable on Kickstarter where you can pick one up for $99. You can pick up the first-gen Pebble Classic for the same price right now. Shipping is slated for September 2016, so you’ll have to wait a few months to get hold of it.
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