The apparent rut of new and old Apple Watches, Samsung’s ominous silence on the Gear S3 commercial rollout front, and especially Android Wear’s inexplicable lethargy might create the ideal circumstances for a spectacular Pebble comeback that seemed so unlikely just last spring.

But the smartwatch pioneer needs to move fast, and actually deploy as many of its half a dozen wearable models unveiled these past months as possible. Not only to Kickstarter backers either.

The first step towards that goal sees the Pebble 2, or Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, finally made available for public pre-orders today, with free standard shipping worldwide kicking off “in October.” With a 24/7 HR monitor in tow, built-in microphone for voice “actions”, sleep tracking and recovery, overseeing of steps, calories, runs and long walks on the fly, plus a crisp ePaper LCD screen, 7-day battery life, and iOS or Android phone notifications, this looks like quite the bargain at a measly $130.

If you’re not willing to spend a penny over a Benjamin, there’s no reason to go for a previous-gen device, as the Pebble 2 SE (Standard Edition) ditches heart rate-supervising capabilities for a 30 bucks discount, and November ETA.

Don’t forget about the stylish $200 Time Round, which is up for grabs and ready for immediate delivery in black, silver or rose gold, with the square-shaped Time 2 still expected out next month, and the hacking-friendly, Alexa-enabled Pebble Core “magic button” unfortunately kept on the sidelines until January 2017.

Source: Pebble Blog

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