Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 have heart-rate sensors

Manny Pham
May 24, 2016

Pebble has announced a new line of products that have smashed their Kickstarter target. Say hello to the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core. 

Pebble has gone back to their roots strangely, by putting their latest wearables on Kickstarter, after previous successful launches. Pebble currently hold the record for being the most-funded campaign on Kickstarter with the original Pebble raising US $20,336,930.

Pebble announce their new Kickstarter campaign today for the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core. The target was US $1 million, which has long been reached with a total of $1,684,335 at the time of writing. There’s still 36 days to go with the ‘Early Bird Special’ still being available for those that want either of the three products at a discounted price.

Pebble 2

pebble time 2

The new Pebble 2 smartwatch is thinner and lighter than the original. A Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen is now on display, improving on the basic plastic on the original Pebble. Additionally it has water resistance up to 30 meters and a battery life that will last a week.

The major inclusion here is of course the heart-rate sensor, it’s the first time Pebble have included the feature and a desire to enter the fitness wearables race.

The Pebble will still be the same smartwatch we remember with notifications for iOS and Android devices. The Pebble 2 will be available in five colours starting at US $99, shipping in September. No UK release details yet.

Pebble Time 2

pebble time 2

Of course there’s alway the staple premium version for those that want more flash on their wrist. The Pebble Time 2 differs with a stainless steel case, featuring in gold, silver and black. The screen is more pronounced with a noticeably smaller bezel.

Another key difference is the extended battery life, Pebble claim the Pebble Time 2 can last up to 10 days, even with the heart-rate sensor. Pebble has said the heart-rate sensor will be a staple in their future wearables.

Pebble Core

pebble core

This key fob looking device isn’t a smartwatch, but it’s something Pebble are using to solve a common smartwatch omission, and that’s accurate GPS readings. It’s Pebble’s first non-smartwatch product that is designed with a magnetic clip for you to snap on your shorts or shirts for running.

The Pebble Core has a host of connective capabilities with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and even a SIM card. That’s not all, Pebble worked with Spotify to seamlessly bring their library to what looks like a non-Apple iPod Shuffle. You can also connect headphones into the Pebble Core, headphone jack size has not been confirmed.

Wireless charging is supported with any Qi charger or with the included cable. You can get nine hours of life with regular use. Pebble will ship the Core in early 2017 for US $69.

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