Feb 19th, 2015

Pebble 8-bit colors

After Pebble’s website began counting down to a mysterious date — February 24th, 10:00AM CT — the world was left scratching their heads as to what they could be revealing.

A new product launch is to be expected (Pebble’s 2-year anniversary passed in January), but oddly enough we haven’t seen a single word or press invite that has been sent out in reference to a followup to the original Pebble. And it’s a bummer. Although the original Pebble is still ticking (they recently added Android Wear notifications with custom quick replies), it’s hardware is looking extremely dated.

Pebble 8-bit SteelFor those wondering what Pebble could be announcing on February 24th, the folks at 9to5Mac have it on good authority that Pebble will introduce a new color version of their smartwatch with a display “similar” to e-ink and a bit larger too. Pebble is also retooling the design, and although specifics weren’t mentioned, it’s being said we should expect a slimmer side profile.

We love our OG Pebble, but we’ll admit, the build quality and design leave a lot to be desired. Of course, the more premium Pebble Steel was introduced January of last year to bring the smartwatch some refinement and sophistication, but its low-res, tiny black and white display was still a turn off for most. Especially when placed side-by-side with some Android Wear offerings.

Our request? Color e-ink display with higher-resolution and same great 5-day battery life on something that doesn’t look like it was made for toddlers. Maybe even a microphone for voice controls. Give us all that and we’ll be lining up on launch day.

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