Neptune Pine standalone Android smartwatch brings Snapdragon S4 on your wrist

Neptune Pine standalone Android smartwatch brings Snapdragon S4 on your wrist
The Neptune Pine surged past its $100 000 Kickstarter goal capturing backers’ sympathy and dollar with its promise to become the first truly standalone Android smartwatch with a large display. Yes, that means a full-on Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip, a camera, and texting and calling from your wrist.

We have already reported on it, but we're excited to see that an early prototype of the Neptune Pine has arrived at CES 2014, and - while at first you might find it funny how humongous it looks on the hand - your second thoughts would probably be about how awesome it is to have a full-fledged smartphone on your wrist. In contrast, most other smartwatches like the Pebble and Galaxy Gear only work fully when tethered to a smartphone.

The elephant in the room is size when we’re speaking about the Pine’s design. It looks huge on any hand, but we imagine it’d just appear disproportionately large on people with slimmer hands, and most girls included. It’s also too big to go unnoticed, so get ready to become the center of attention when someone notices you’re wearing this. If Google Glass wearers get a lot of attention, we imagine this would be even worse.

If you can deal with the large size, though, you get a reward in terms of features. The Pine comes with a 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (it’s worn so that you’ll see it mostly in landscape mode), a 5-megapixel main rear-facing camera that you can use by detaching the smartphone piece out of the wristband and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Cortex A5-based) processor. The coolest feature is, of course, the presence of a microSIM card slot, so you can simply insert your SIM card in the Pine and use it like a regular smartphone. The device comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, as well.

Since this is an Android-based device with a fairly large (for smartphone standards) display, its 810mAh battery really should last you around a day of use, so overnight charging seems like a must.

All in all, the Neptune Pine is clearly an experiment that will appeal to those craving a smartphone on their wrist (it literally looks like a miniature smartphone on a wristband!). If you are one of them, take a look at the Pine right below. You can also pre-order it for $335 by hitting the source link at the bottom.


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45 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Not a bad watch, but Sony is gonna sue Neptune Pine (look at picture #6).

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What's wrong with pic 6?

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Looks like a Sony phone don't you think? P.s. I know it's a watch, but the back of the watch (picture #6) looks like a Sony phone - XPERIA Z1.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No! Sony will need to jump off the cliffs if they ever made their phone so thick. Sony is all about slim and beautiful. I ordered a Neptune pine btw so I hope its going to be good.

17. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

why have you ordered one, these completely miss the point of smart watches...

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am withholding my opinion till I actually use one. Same with Sony smart watch and Samsung gear. I like to buy gadgets like these. Not going to stop for a foreseeable future.

16. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I've never seen a company like Sony suing any other company. Can you provide me an example?

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Uh, no. Because I've never seen Sony sue any other company either. Japanese take things seriously, so they won't simply sue other company. Only the fruit will sue.

22. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Fruit? You mean Apple?

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, Apple = Fruit.

26. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Just as I expected..... Judging from your profile pic, you're an Apple Hater. Isn't it?

29. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

'isn't it?' isn't correct vocab....just saying

30. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Sorry if my English is not too fluid.

31. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Not really, I just don't like their attitude. They always sue, sue and sue. This is why I don't like Apple. But I like their Macbooks.

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

...too bad they overpriced it. It's Apple, they overprice their products every time. This is also why I don't like Apple. (PA, please fix the "can't edit comment after 240 seconds" thing.)

4. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Please somebody help me, on my s4 mini i cant watch hd videos on youtube and my friend with the s4 can, settings are the same. What i need to do???

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

There should be no problem with playing any youtube HD video as I can play with my Galaxy Young. Check Settings and try again.

9. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I looked at settings and i didnt found anything useful can you help me please @itsdeepak4u2000

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. Do you see the HD option when you play the videos ? 2. See if you are running the latest update of youtube app. By going to playstore. 3. Go to Youtube settings > General > High quality of mobile. Tick the box. 4. Sometimes youtube doesn't play HD videos because of the internet speed. Try playing the video on Wifi with decent enough speed. (or use the same wifi as your friend's) 5. If all of that fails uninstall the latest update by going to Android Settings > Apps > All > Youtube > Uninstall updates. and try updating it again from playstore

24. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

i did all on your commands and nothing just an HQ is that because of my qHD screen resolution

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

hmmm.....its strange. There may be a possiblity of it something to do with your qHD resolution. Maybe youtube is preventing to run full HD since your phone resolution isn't HD. Try installing a 3rd party youtube app and see if it plays HD videos in that app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=​com.jrzheng.supertubeplayer Is your phone rooted ?

37. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

nope!

40. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

thank you for helping me

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

There you go, mate ! I found the reason but not the solution. The guy in the video says 'its because the phone doesn't support 720p resolution'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3vFwYJ9yEQ If your phone is rooted you can use his method and get videos to run on HD.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Many video has lip sync issue. Try this free ad-free video player. Check out "DicePlayer"https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inisoft.mediaplayer.a

38. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

did you root your galaxy young

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

It's probably your internet connection. Why are you asking it here??

14. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

We were connected on same network and s4 can reproduce HD and s4mini cant

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Are you using mobile data (H+) to watch Youtube videos? It won't play HD videos unless you're using a faster mobile data connection or maybe something like LTE. If you're using WiFi, then maybe the internet connection is slow. Or maybe your S4 Mini hates you. ;)

11. NEXUSDROID

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I am using wifi i live in croatia and we only have 4G not LTE here can somebody check settings on his phone and help me

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