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CES: Pebble Steel watch arrives with an all-metal casing, $249 price

Firm looks to take the smartwatch mainstream
Mon Jan 06 2014, 19:57
Pebble Steel smartwatch at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS: KICKSTARTER SUCCESS STORY Pebble introduced its second generation smartwatch at CES on Monday, the metal clad Pebble Steel.

The Pebble Steel sees the firm looking to take the smartwatch commercial, with the firm opting for an all-metal design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

The Pebble Steel features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, which protects the device against both scratches and water. The device also boasts a five to seven day battery life, besting its Samsung branded rival, and it also features a new LED light to indicate when the device is charging.

Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky said during Monday's press conference, "We're creating the gold standard for wearables that meshes with your everyday life," before adding that the original Pebble has so far sold 300,000 units.

The Pebble Steel watch will run the same applications as the firm's original Pebble smartwatch, and Pebble also announced today that it will launch an app store later this month, where users will be able to download add-ons and watch faces for their Pebble devices.

The firm is also promising to launch a host of new applications for the device in the coming months, including ESPN and Mercedes.

The Pebble Steel smartwatch is available to order now in grey and black models priced at $249 ahead of its release on 28 January, although the firm has warned that it will be in very limited supply. UK availability is still to be announced.

We're going to hunt down the Pebble Steel smartwatch when CES kicks off on Tuesday, so check back for our first impressions. µ

 

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