Pebble officially unveils the Time Round, the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world

Pebble officially unveils the Time Round, the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world
Pebble, the smartwatch manufacturer that rose to glory through a range of extremely successful Kickstarter campaigns, has just announced its first round smartwatch, the aptly named Pebble Time Round.

Pebble says that the Time Round is the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world, and at dimensions of 7.5mm and 28g, we'll have to agree. Unfortunately, Pebble's first round smartwatch probably breaks previous records for the worst screen-to-body ratio. Looks are a personal preference, but we're sure that many voices will turn to criticize the large bezel around the 1.25-inch circular display.

In the past few months, many smartwatch makers launched round smartwatches with smartphone-level specs and very crisp displays, and if this is what you're looking for, then just like the company's previous wrist pieces (the Classic, the Time, and the Time Steel), the Pebble Time Round probably isn't for you. However, if you're looking for a smartwatch that's not too bulky and can last for a couple of days on a single charge, then the Time Round is shaping up to be an exceptional choice.

Like the previous Pebble watches, the Time Round comes with a color e-ink display. While this means that the picture quality isn't as sharp as with traditional OLED smartwatches, the e-ink display is very gentle on the battery and is also sufficient for the basic tasks that you can expect to perform on such a limited screen real estate. On top of that, the Pebble Time Round also comes with quick-charging capabilities, and is said to last throughout the day on a quick 15-minute charge. Pebble fans will note that Time and the Time Steel come with a seven-day battery life, but then again, none of them is as slim as the Pebble Time Round.

Pebble has also changed the UI of its proprietary operating system, adapting the menus and the homegrown apps to the circular form factor. Furthermore, the company also promised to launch an SDK that developers can use to adapt their own apps. One thing to mention here is that, like all of Pebble's previous watches, the Time Round will be compatible to both Android handsets as well as iPhones.

In an attempt to make the Time Round more woman-friendly, Pebble will launch two versions of the watch. Although the size and shape of the watch remains consistent, one versions comes with a standard 22mm strap, while the other comes with a narrower 14mm one. As usual, there are a range of bands you can choose from, and they can be easily exchanged on the go.

Priced starting at $249, the Pebble Time Round is already available for pre-order in the US, and will ship to customers in early November.

What do you guys think of the slim and light Pebble Time Round?





source: Pebble via Engadget

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14 Comments

1. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I WANT THIS NOW ON MY WRIST, OH MY GOD, YES.

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

$249 for bezels with some screen. They always bring some terrible designs to the table.

9. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

You forgot one really essential thing : imo. I like the design, okay - and this thing doesn't need to be charged every single day unlike some other bulkier, heavier smartwatches so that's nice. It is very slim and light, and white color looks dope, imo. That bezel doesn't even look THAT bad, but everyone is picky again. Everyone has a different taste I guess. :-/ But I don't care- at least I like it and ,when it is going to be possible, I am definitely going to get it.

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I would take design any day over battery life.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Look pretty nice But dam, it makes the Moto 360's flat tire look tiny

3. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I kind of like it, if the battery can last 1 week, and the price is reasonable. I will forgive any other shortcomings.

7. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

Nope. with the 7mm thickness, battery had to be reduced. They're saying 2 days, and only splashproof instead of waterproof. I'm a little salty as I bought the Pebble Time, and love it, but this is way too soon after the launch to announce something different. I wish I had known ALL my options, first.

10. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Was so excited looking at it - but learning of that battery life I'm disappointed. Even the LCD ones can do 2 days if you use them lightly. Just gave away their core selling point.

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

But.... Where's the screen, is it behind those bezels?

6. StanYuu

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

I wish the bezels were a bit smaller, and the screen bigger, but to be completely honest, I like that watch! It looks good

8. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

I like the combo of brown leather band, silver case, and white bezel. Want to upgrade my Pebble Time to Round!

11. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Pic 4... Wow! Bezels? Sure, but then again, it's just a smartwatch - and unlike pretty much every other smartwatch out there, this might be a looker!

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Meh. Never was a fan of pebbles direction for smart watches and looks like I never will be! I want a nice display that can pass off as an analog watch. Sorry but that looks terrible.

15. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Bought a Pebble Time on Kickstarter and it was cool... for a week. The 3-day battery life just wasn't enough for me (kept on forgetting to recharge) and the watch got old fast. Needless to say I only wear traditional watches now.

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