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.
For 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.