Pebble smartwatches have been rightly criticized for their not so great designs, but all that is going to change with the launch of Pebble Time Round, announced yesterday. The watch looks exceedingly beautiful, and is up for preorder. It will set you back $249 and will ship in November.
Pebble claims that the Pebble Time Round is the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world. Coming at 7.5 mm thick with a 38.5 mm face, and weighing just 28 grams, their claim is hard to refute.
The new watch will come in Black, Silver and Rose Gold. Pebble seems to have taken a page from Apple and Motorola as their round wrist-gizmo will come in two different versions. Although their size will be the same, but one will come with a 20 mm band while the other, designed for ladies, will have a 14 mm band.
It retains the same 64-color e-paper screen and the timeline-based software as the other Pebble Time watches, and also features a mic for voice commands. The voice features work only with Android phones, though iOS compatibility is said to be in the pipeline.
The round face comes at the cost of a considerably reduced battery life. While Pebble Time has a battery life of nearly one week and the Pebble Time Steel is boasted to last ten days between charges, Pebble Time round will only stay alive for up to two days before needing to be recharged. Also, instead of being water resistant, Pebble Time Round is only splash resistant.
All in all, this is the coolest watch Pebble has produced so far. The only thing that bothers me is the massive bezel that eats up a lot of space. American buyers can preorder the watch from Pebble’s official website, Target, Best Buy and Amazon, and can expect to get the watch in November. Those in the UK will be able to get their timepiece before the end of the year, while EU availability will arrive next year.