While we’re certainly a little disappointed to see Pebble once again ask its fans for financial support before commercially launching a new product (or three), the advancements of the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches guarantee them a spot in the same league as most Android Wear heavyweights, making everything else feel irrelevant.
Both the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 feature 24/7 heart rate monitors, built-in microphones, activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters, and multi-day battery life. Oddly enough, although the Pebble 2 seems to sport the smaller, more frugal “high contrast” black and white e-paper display, the color screen of the Time 2 somehow goes easier on the wearable’s ticker.
As such, the Time 2 is said to last up to a whopping 10 days on a single charge, while the Pebble 2 settles for just a week tops of autonomy. Thinner and lighter than before, the watches continue to rely on a proprietary OS and Timeline UI, synching to both iOS and Android phones for notification-serving purposes.
Due out in September and November respectively, the timepieces will cost $130 and $200 at retail, up from the early bird special prices of $100 and $170 and the regular Kickstarter tags of $110 and $180.
But wait, that’s not all, as Pebble finally understands the need for simplicity and independent, on-the-go operation of runners. Enter the 3G-enabled Pebble Core “ultra-wearable”, a tiny, square-shaped fitness tracker with its own GPS chip in tow, cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi support.
This bad boy doesn’t have a screen, but accurately and reliably harvests wellness information without a phone in Bluetooth range, also streaming music from Spotify, taking voice notes, and sending emergency messages with your location in need. All for the super-low price of $70 right now, set to go up to $80 before long, and then $100 in January 2017.
Oh, and the Pebble Core can be used as a hackable, unlocked Android 5.0 computer on your keychain too, which you’re free to transform into a “magic button for any use case you dream up.” Now that’s a company that gets the diversity of its target audience!