The just announced Pebble Time Round claims to be the world’s lightest and thinnest smartwatch, at just 7.5mm thin and weighing 28 grams. As the fifth Pebble smartwatch, Time Round comes packaged in a classic wristwatch design, offering two band sizes (14mm or 20mm) and three finishes (Black, Silver, or Rose Gold), and a selection of leather and stainless steel bands to suit a variety of tastes. A quick-release watchband mechanism lets users swap bands in seconds.
Pebble Time Round features a quick-charging battery that lasts up to two days on a single charge. Charging for 15 minutes is enough to achieve a day of battery life. Like Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, Pebble Time Round touts an always-on, easy-to-read, color e-paper display; works with Android and iPhone smartphones; and includes Pebble’s popular timeline interface putting past, present, and future activities within a discreet glance of the wrist.
Pebble also released an SDK enabling developers and partners to bring new and existing Pebble Time apps to the Pebble Time Round screen. This will equip custom watchfaces and apps such as ESPN, The Weather Channel, Misfit, Uber, and Swarm by Foursquare to function seamlessly on the new display and will also facilitate the continued development of future apps and smartwatch experiences.
“Pebble Time Round looks different from anything we’ve ever made before and is the perfect addition to our growing product lineup,” said Eric Migicovsky, CEO and co-founder of Pebble. “It’s the first smartwatch that looks like a classic wristwatch and furthers our mission to create useful technology that blends into your everyday life, not the other way around. We recognize that wearable technology can’t be one-size-fits-all and are fiercely committed to offering unique choices that suit individual style and expression.”
Price and Availability
Pebble Time Round starts at $249 and can be reserved at Pebble.com (shipping worldwide), Best Buy, Target, and Amazon. Watches start shipping and will be available at US retailers in early November 2015. Retail availability in the UK will begin later this year, followed by EU retailers in early 2016.