Pebble is one of those manufacturers that has been in the smartwatch world for quite a while. Coming to the industry well before Android Wear or the Apple Watch. Pebble gained fame for being a smartwatch that was simple and could last for days on end before needing a charge. They've launched several products since 2008, when they were founded. Now the company is back with a slew of new products. This includes the Pebble 2, Time 2, and the Pebble Core.
With the Pebble 2, the company has gone back to its roots, and is using the design from the original Pebble. The company has added a heart rate sensor, and can automatically track your activity. On top of that, it can also track your sleep. The new Time 2 can also do all of this activity tracking. Both smartwatches are water-proof for up to 30-meters. The Time 2 has a 53% larger display this time around, and the battery will last up to 10 days, while the Pebble 2 will offer 7 days of battery life. Pebble is also only offering the Time 2 in steel right now. The Pebble 2 comes in a few different color combinations.
The real news here is the Pebble Core. It's news because it is the company's first non-watch product. This is going to cost you $69 on Kickstarter and retail for $99. The Pebble Core can clip onto you and you can use it for listening to music while you're out on a run, or at the gym. This means you can listen to your tunes without needing to have your smartphone along with you.
Pricing for the Pebble 2 is $99 on Kickstarter, with a retail price of $129 and the Time 2 at $169 on Kickstarter and $199 retail. Shipments are slated to start in September 2016. However the company does say that is for select units, others will ship around January 2017. At the time of writing this, Pebble has already surpassed their $1 million goal on Kickstarter, and that was just over an hour after launching the Kickstarter campaign. Those of you that want to get in early to get your new Pebble products, you can do so by backing their Kickstarter. It's also cheaper than waiting for them to hit store shelves, as they are typically $30 cheaper on Kickstarter.