Neptune Pine is a smartwatch with a 2.4" display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and is coming soon


Smartwatch enthusiasts who want to see a bigger screen and independent connectivity on a wearable will be happy to know that the Neptune Pine smartwatch has now started shipping out. Now, don't throw your money at the screen just yet, as initial shipments are reserved for everyone who backed Neptune on its Kickstarter campaign. However, placing a pre-order now will get you one of the large timepieces around October 2014 – or so Neptune's website says.

The Pine watches are much more akin to wrist-wearable smartphones, than the smartwatches we've been seeing so far. The first major differences can be found in the large (for a watch) 2.4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and the fact that the Pine runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – no Android Wear here. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and rocks a 320x240 resolution. The watch is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, and comes in 16 GB and 32 GB storage vatiants – both expandable via a microSD card. It has a slot for a Мicro-SIM card and is equipped with a microphone and speaker, so yes – you can actually make calls with this watch. It also supports Wi-Fi.

Additionally, the Pine features two (!) cameras, each having a dedicated flash. The main camera has a 5 MP resolution, whereas the front-facing one – 0.3 MP. The on-board sensors are an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a pedometer, and a digital compass. All of this gets its juice from a 810 mAh battery, which Neptune claims to last up to 10 hrs for music playback and up to 5 for video playback.

To top it off, the watchface is easily detachable from the body and straps, so you can use its phone capabilities more freely, or attach it to something else than your wrist. For now, the pre-order form lets you add a few optional accessories – a bumper case, a clip, and a helmet mount. All that aside – a vanilla 16 GB Pine will set you back $349, whereas ordering the 32 GB version costs an extra $100.


 

source: Neptune via SlashGear

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16 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Now, THIS is a smartwatch! Bye bye Samsung, LG and HP! I want Neptune Pine on my wrist :D

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is not a smart watch, its a smart bracelet. Think about it, it has a 2.5" display. The iPhone had a 3.5" display all the way up to a 4s. Not to mention it should be running at least KitKat, because its better suited for 512mb of ram. Not to mention the Gear Live has a better resolution then this bracelet with its 320x320 1.63" AMOLED display. Also you can change the band on the Gear Live and LG G watch. There is just so much wrong with the Neptune Pine. Even the battery life is terrible.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But it having a 2.5 inch display isn't saying something about the smartwatch, it is saying something about Apple's phones. Lets be honest, this is the direction that a lot of people wanted smartwatches to go. Can't complain with more variety and choice though.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It should be running with KitKat instead of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Did you notice in the video, that no one was wearing it. Its so big. You may as well tape a Samsung Discovery or Ace II to your wrist. There is a line to calling a watch a watch and a watch that is the size of a bracelet a watch. This is definitely a bracelet that wants to call itself a watch. Like I said previously the Gear Live or moto 360 have higher resolution displays in a smaller physical package. That still look like a watch. This is something that cannot be hidden like a smart phone which can be placed in a pocket. Watches are more of a fashion statement as well. I can understand your point on variety and choice. I am sure someone will them. But if they want to sell a lot more, then they should have taken the moto 360 approach instead.

16. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Well I've contacted with the developers of the pine and they said they've been working to bring KitKat, so expect an update soon. (Paul K. , could you please update the page with this information?)

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why not just duct tape an HP Veer to your wrist?

9. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I wouldn't go that far but maybe say the Creative Labs X-Fi mp3 player or the Cowon D2/ C2. I miss owning those players... certainly wouldn't strap one to my wrist though.

3. yep_its_ed unregistered

512 GB OF RAM??? Don't you mean 512 MB?

7. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Yeah I read that and went Dang... this is some serious stuff

12. paul.k

Posts: 302; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Yes, thanks

4. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

WATCH that really bring a SMART feature,.....

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Richard Tracy is rolling in his cartoon grave. This could wind up being a device for LEOs in my mind ironically.

11. rakmvk

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

Waiting for mine , got it for 199$ through kickstarter.com.

13. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

4.1. Nough said.

14. iamoa unregistered

sounds better than samsung and lg android wear. :) and i woud rather prefer to connect it with my cellphone (with all the features there) rather than making THIS my cellphone. sim slot or no slot, i wouldn't mind.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

*yawn* Why would you want to buy a device that requires its own line of service? There might be the odd person who carries this as their sole device, but would you give up your cell phone to only carry this? Do you want to add a line to your existing plan so you can have a "smart watch", that will do what the other android wear devices already do (minus the cellular connectivity)?

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