Pebble Time image lineup

As expected, Pebble Technology on Tuesday took the wraps off its next-generation smartwatch. It’s called Pebble Time and the biggest news about it is its brand new e-paper color screen, a stark change from the monochromatic e-paper screen of the original Pebble.

The device is also thinner than the previous models, has an on-board microphone, runs a redesigned Timeline interface while offering a few other goodies.

Design-wise, the new Pebble is 20 percent thinner than the previous model at just 9.5mm, is water resistant, can use any standard 22mm watch band, has silent vibrating alarms and features tactile buttons for eyes-free clicking.

The lens is crafted from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass with a bezel made of stainless steel. There’s also a smart accessory port for hardware developers to build sensors and smart straps that connect directly to the watch, but the company wouldn’t say more.

On the software side, you’ll notice the new app menu with app faces that support glanceable content. The notifications system has seen some rather interesting changes as well.

“You already plan your day around time, so it makes sense for your Pebble to be organized around the same principle,” boasted the firm, describing the redesigned interface.

Pebble Time buttons

“Now your notifications, news, reminders and events are laid out chronologically instead of being trapped inside separate apps.” To access notifications, just click the middle button on the right side.

Pebble Time teaser 001

To scroll back in time to see notifications you missed, press another button. Your upcoming appointments, calendar entries and other events are accessible via a third button.

Built-in microphone lets you respond to notifications, send voice replies, take short voice notes and more. Voice replies for iOS users are currently limited to Gmail notifications though Pebble says it’s working to enable the feature for more apps.

Pebble Time mic

On Android, sending voice replies works with most major apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp “and hundreds more.”

Pebble Time features an efficient battery that the company claims lasts seven days on a single charge — again, like the previous model and despite its always-on color display with a great backlight.

The redesigned Timeline interface “highlights what’s important in your day” and now allows information to be pushed into it from the web, no apps required whatsoever. Speaking of apps, the device is fully compatible with all 6,500+ existing Pebble apps and watch faces.

Pebble Time color e-paper screen

The new Timeline will also work with the Pebble and Pebble Steel.

The device works with iOS 8 and is compatible with any iPhone from the iPhone 4s onward. On the Android side, the Pebble Time supports Android 4.0+ phones from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and more.

Backers of the original Pebble will be treated to an extra special engraving. The watch is available in three color flavors:

  • Black watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel
  • White watch case and silicone band with silver PVD stainless steel bezel
  • Red watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel

The device will retail for $199 and is currently available over at Kickstarter, with early bird pricing tiers at $159 and $179.

Here’s the complete list of reward tiers:

  • $159 – Early Bird: One Pebble Time watch in any of the 3 colors
  • $179 – One Pebble Time watch in any of the 3 colors
  • $338 – Two Pebble Time watches in any of the 3 colors
  • $845 – Five Pebble Time watches in any of the 3 colors
  • $1690 – 10 Pebble Time watches in any of the 3 colors
  • $5,000 – 30 Pebble Time watches, 10 of each color

The device will be shipping around the world, but deliveries are not set in stone as each reward tier may have a different estimated shipment month and Pebble cautions that it is possible that the estimated shipment month may shift.

Source: Pebble

  • Midyro

    The early bird option is already gone. =)

    • Fanboy 

      Luckily you can get one for $180 still, but oh wait! This cheap company is charging $10 for shipping… even in the US. So then you realize retail wont charge you shipping so in reality you’re only saving $10, not to mention this huge company decided to go through Kickstarter again so you still have to wait when they could have just manufactured the product and had them out in retail much sooner……..

  • iBanks

    Yup! Still patiently awaiting the Apple Watch.

    • Jamessmooth

      ahh you beat me to it! my thoughts exactly.

      • iBanks

        Lol! I only posted it again to rock the nerves of the commenters yesterday from my same very post.

    • Antzboogie

      Wonder where they got their inspiration from? Cough Pebble. Pebble is doing a great job and they have a week long battery. The Apple Watch has to match that and I don’t want hear that it has more sensors or its touch screen we need battery life above all else or every feature can’t be used to its max.

      • iBanks

        Inspiration huh? Remember, the iWatch was rumored far before the Pebble. The Martian smartwatch was a better watch IMO than the Pebble but manufacturing issues killed that. And the Apple watch doesn’t have to match anything, it will be the thing that everyone else will have to match.

  • rooT_5oh8

    Good thing I paid 250 for the Steel, which is a glorified tamagotchi… Haha

  • Fanboy 

    Im not sure if I’m misinterpreting it wrong, but it is being labeled as “water resistant”. Is this just their wording? Or did it really go from waterPROOF to waterRESISTANT. Thats a big difference.

    • Ahmed Karoui

      Exactly my thoughts! I’m bummed that it’s no longer waterproof. A microphone is nice, but dang.

    • Killaminjaro

      The original pebble is advertised as “water resistant” as well.

      • Fanboy 

        You are right, just read the entire page and apparently they’re advertising you can “swim or surf” with it still. Color display and microphone are nice, too bad its not going on sale now or I would buy it. Apple Watch comes out April so by they’ll be too late for a lot of potential customers.

  • Martynet

    I’m a Pebble user and I think they’re doing a fantastic job. I really want Apple watch but the battery life is so important. I use the Pebble as an alarm so I don’t wake up my wife in the morning and that will be impossible with Apple watch because they’ll be charging over night. Damn. I might stick to Pebble and get this new model. It’s not beautiful piece as apple watch, but… as I said.

  • Maxim∑

    At Pebble Inc we aim to a make a device slimmer while making the bezels 3x larger. You wanted a all metal waterproof design? nope you’ll have to wait for the Pebble time Steel coming out next year.

    We’ll also make a kickstarter, because the 1 million pebbles sold doesn’t give us enough money to just make a normal pre-order. Ships in May but you can expect to have it on your wrist by this fall due to “supply constraints”. And if you need to RMA our team will make sure to send back a unit within a couple months

    • UC_Reds

      So for functionality purposes, what cant the “old” Pebble do that the new can’t?

      • Maxim∑

        old pebble can do everything the new one can. Except you’ll lose the color display. Not sure if the new pebble has an upgraded processor though

      • alex5723

        The old Pebble can accommodate only 8 apps while the new is unlimited.

      • antoniojose

        the old pebbles will get that too

      • Elias

        Yes, use voice commands with the mic

    • Fanboy 

      Yep im not biting, their ad was basically trying to compensate as to why its okay that they’re using a fund again and making us feel as if they’re doing us a favor by going through Kickstarter again.

    • Eikast

      It has a steel bezel, all you would need is a steel watchband.

  • Judge

    I think that the Pebble Time looks “Kiddish” I like the new os but I will keep my steel. What about the charging port is that now on the back of the watch? Is pebble once again changing the charging plug? I think that the microphone is a gimmick no one has ever been able to get the noise canceling correct and I hope that Pebble did. But talking into my watch has never been the norm. I like the fact that they went away from the proprietary band that the Steel had and went back to the regular 22MM. Battery life at 7 days is good but I am getting 10 with my Steel (I turn it off at night) Good move Pebble by making the watch backwards compatible and not leaving past watches in the dark.

  • UC_Reds

    So for functionality purposes, what cant the “old” Pebble do that the new can’t?. It mentions that the timeline will work on the old Pebble. When is the new OS available for the previous models?

    • Judge

      Looks like all you are getting is a color screen a mic. I dont like the charging cable change at all. Just go with a micro USB

      • deepdvd

        I’d rather they kept the charging cable on the side, but using micro USB isn’t worth a loss of any water resistance.

  • jack

    Is this a kid’s toy?

  • Lemerio P.

    As a current pebble user I was initially worried about battery life and I’m glad that that will not be heavily impacted. Until other watches can match the features, battery life and cross platform functionality I’ll be sticking to this one for a while. On a side note: Who doesn’t want to look like a power ranger while talking into their watch? lol. I don’t see people using this daily. It will likely be a nice feature that is barely used much like Siri. Everybody doesn’t want to speak to Zordon.

    • aw81

      I have a pebble that gets little use and I struggle to get four/five days battery from it, are people really getting a week out of these?

      • alex5723

        I get 8 days with Pebble KS original.

      • aw81

        Fully charged mine on thursday, went away for the weekend so its sat on my bedside not being used at all since then and it ran out earlier today.
        Maybe I should email pebble…

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    Wow this is a beauty

  • Dan

    Very nice product, I’m more interested in this than the Apple watch due to the battery life. I’d prefer stainless steel though.

  • AnArcticMonkey

    Looks like those LeapFrog tablets to me lol, but everyone has different opinions.

    Aesthetics are important to me, hoping they upgrade the Pebble Steel as well!

  • iPhoneWINS

    these watches look like 1982

  • sosarozay300

    overhyped leapfrog watch

  • Briggamortis

    So…. When do the old pebbles get the new software???