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After announcing new Pebble Time models featuring a color e-paper screen, built-in mic, an enhanced software and other improvements last week, Pebble Technology today took the wraps off a higher-end Time Steel model. Featureing a face made of machined stainless steel protected by Gorilla Glass, the Steel supports two watch straps, one made of leather and another of stainless steel.

Compared to the regular Pebble Time, the Steel model is one millimeter thicker and has 10 days’ worth of battery life. By comparison, the Time has a weeklong battery. The Steel edition will be available in three metallic finishes: silver, gold and black.

Aside from a stronger battery and premium materials, the Steel edition of the device is the same as the standard Pebble Time in terms of the features and hardware.

Seen below: a leather bend for the Pebble Time Steel. As mentioned before, Steel models will feature both stainless steel and leather bands.

A smartstrap system is actually open to hardware developers who can now build add-ons to both the Time and Steel in the form of watchband-based enhancements.

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Featuring a port on the back of the watch and the quick release band technology, hardware makers can now take advantage of Pebble’s smartstrap solution to create watchstraps with integrated sensors such as a heart rate monitor, electronics like a GPS chip and even batteries.

With a few hardware partners already on board, the startup is expecting first shipments of smartstraps later this year.

According to The Wall Street Journal which chatted with a Pebble spokesperson, Pebble Time backers will be able to easily upgrade to Pebble Time Steel, “without losing their place in line.”

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The Time Steel is priced at $299 (the regular model is $199) and set to ship in July of this year. You can pre-order yours through Kickstarter for $250.

Since its debut a week ago, more than 54,000 fans have helped the company raise a whopping $11 million by pre-ordering their Time on Kickstarter.

Source: Pebble

  • iBanks

    And people say the Apple Watch is ugly. Hmph!

    • :/

      It is ugly. What’s your point? Another watch is ugly so Apple Watch is not ugly? No it just means there are 2 ugly watches…

      • iBanks

        My point is exactly the point you jut made of the point I was making and that is that this Pebble watch is ugly. Good point you made of the point I was making. Get the point?

      • Kevin Osborne

        Bahaha. Thing is, personally, I think the Apple Watch is ugly but not the Pebble Time Steel. The curve of the Pebble Time Steel just looks more fluid to me, where the Apple Watch looks like a box. Love the functionality of the Apple Watch, but for a watch, I prefer “always on” display and week+ battery life. Thing about beauty, though, is that it exists in the eye of the beholder. 🙂 My cousin thinks the Apple Watch is better looking, whereas I think the opposite. It all comes down to personal preferences.

  • Jason Baroni

    I really saw a golden Apple Watch above.

  • For a little more you can have a far more useful Apple Watch.. not that i would get either but still, that price is too steep for a pebble watch.

    • Eikast

      A far more useful Apple Watch that will last 2.5-3 hours a day with screen on time…That means less useful

  • lou08

    Peble had own style. Had.

  • Maxim∑

    wow they even managed to copy the exact time Apple used in the render.

    • Dan

      grasping at straws are we

    • Jason Baroni

      I was used to respect Pebble.

      • Arthur Soudet

        10:09 is a classical time in the luxury watch industry because it shows the company logo and it is a nice position for the nouns.
        Excuse my english il there is any falts.

      • Jason Baroni

        No need to excuse, but what’s your point?

      • Arthur Soudet

        Pebble by using this time doesn’t steal anything from Apple or we could also say that Apple is copying Rolex…
        I was trying to defend pebble against that argument.

      • Jason Baroni

        Oh, ok. I don’t see Pebble as a copycat on products by any means, but their ad is clearly mimicking the Apple Watch.

      • Arthur Soudet

        I agree with that especially on the gold model but for the stainless steel version( to compare with the Apple watch) the pebble costs three times less so that’s the main reason for me (and I’m sure I’m not alone) that I’m going to buy the pebble time steel over the apple that I wanted before( and also the the 10 days battery life).

  • Jerry

    They couldn’t of copied Apple anymore

    • George

      It doesn’t even look that much different than the original pebble don’t be an idiot.

      • Sirius

        It looks completely different to the original pebble.
        There’s nothing wrong with admitting that there are similarities.

  • Jamessmooth

    I would be livid if I bought the Pebble Time last week…

  • Rowan09

    Still trying to figure out why this is on kickstarter?

    • Merman123

      Exactly. Their treating kickstarter as a store. It’s really exploiting it, IMO.

      • Rowan09

        Should be against the rules.

      • Maxim∑

        kickstarter just wants the cut, unfair to those who really need help with funding

    • Elias

      Because it’s a new product and they wanted to return to the community that made them a profitable business. Just because they aren’t “inventing a new product category doesn’t mean the aren’t permitted to use a community such as kickstarter.

      • Rowan09

        Kickstarter is suppose to fund projects that can’t get funding. This is just a way of etting people pay for their inventory instead of ordering a specified amount. It will minimize loss, but the community shouldn’t in my opinion support projects that already has the funding.

  • Fanboy 

    So sad that this wasn’t realeased sooner. But that’s what they get for going through Kickstarter instead of just manufacturing the product and getting it on the shelves at this point.

  • Meh…

  • Sirius

    now if the apple watch had been announced with this already out, the internet would probably break down 🙂

  • Alberto Espinal

    Waaaoo just gonna keep the comment on this one for myself, no as a matter of fact no I’m going to say it, it’s a Damn copy of the Watch, Pebble why didn’t you think of it before you have to wait for Apple to cone out with a design? Ok now I’m ready for the haters comments!