There’s a new Pebble smartwatch in town, and for the first time, it comes with a color e-ink display.
Called the Pebble Time, it’s the company’s third-generation smartwatch that succeeds the original Pebble, as well as the Pebble Steel.
Some of the big features of the new watch include the color display, seven days of battery life, voice dictation, and a new Timeline feature that highlights the various important aspects in your day. To do this, the Pebble Time takes your notifications, news, reminders and events and splays them out chronologically instead of being contained within their own apps, for which you’d have to view all of them separately.
The color display isn’t LCD or even a touch screen for that matter, but it keeps the same e-ink display as previous Pebble watches, which allows for that crazy seven-day battery life, and the display is protected with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Instead of touching the display, buttons on the side of the watch are used for navigation, just like the original Pebble.
One of the biggest new features is voice dictation, thanks to the new built-in microphone. You can send voice replies to incoming notifications or take short voice notes. However, voice dictation only works in Gmail for iOS devices, but it works with many Android apps, including Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
The Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble, measuring in at 9.5mm, but it still retains much of the large bezel that surrounds the screen, which could be an unattractive feature for some buyers looking at aesthetics.
As with the original Pebble, all 22mm bands will work with the Pebble Time, which is a nice change from the Pebble Steel, which came with proprietary bands. Pebble will offer different band styles for the Pebble Time, but you can also use your own band for a unique look, and the quick-release pins make it really easy to switch out bands.
The Pebble Time will come in three colors: black, white, and red. It’s currently being sold on Kickstarter where it will be campaigning for a month before the company begins manufacturing the watch and shipping out units. Right now, early birds can buy the Pebble Time for $159, which is $40 less than what the retail price will be after the Kickstarter campaign ends. If the $159 option sells out, you’ll still have a chance to get it for $179.
The Kickstarter campaign just launched today, and already it has over $2 million in funding with well over 10,000 backers, so it’s safe to say that the Pebble Time will see a successful Kickstarter campaign.