We have covered the Razer Nabu Smartband a few times here on the site, as it was one of the standout and interesting wearables that was unveiled at CES earlier this year. It was originally slated for a launch sometime in the summer, but it was pushed back so that Razer could do some additional testing and make sure the build quality was hypoallergenic and right where they wanted it to be, a concern that was raised after the issue with the Fitbit wearable causing irritation to people that wore the device and causing Fitbit to recall those units. During the extra time Razer had set up a closed beta which allowed 500 lucky individuals the ability to test out the smartband and provide feedback to Razer so they could improve anything that needed improving.
Although it has been longer than Razer and interested consumers initially were hoping for, the eventual release of the Nabu Smartband appears to be upon us as Razer hand just announced they will begin shipping the wearable to North America on December 2nd., which is just next week. We also now know the price of the Nabu, which we had speculated could be around $50 prior to the delayed launch, and is now set at a price of $99. That of course doesn't include the shipping cost but we think you knew that already anyway. The Nabu will also be available in four different colors, including green, white, orange, and black.
Not only will you get your choice of color, but Razer has opted to offer two different sizes of the Nabu as well, in small-medium, and medium-large, instead of going with a one size fits all approach. This should allow users to get a more custom feeling fit when they purchase a Nabu and should ultimately make it wear more comfortable. The Nabu is like plenty of other wearables in that it provides access to quick notifications and things on the small LCD screen, but it also promotes its capability to be social with interaction alerts when another Nabu wearer is nearby. It also has tracking capabilities for things like sleep, steps, calories and more, giving it qualities of both a fitness tracker and smartwatch thanks to the notifications. You can also do some cool things with it like swapping contact information through a handshake with other Nabu wearers. Razer is also allowing Razer Insider members the chance to pre-order the device early, of which there are only 5,000 available, so if you want in and are part of Razer Insider, check out the information provided by Razer about it at the source link.