Pebble Debuts High-End Pebble Time Steel

It may not impact Apple Watch sales, but the new Pebble Time Steel could give Android-based smart watch makers something to think about. Then again, maybe Apple should also pay attention.

The Pebble Time Steel, unveiled by Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky Tuesday on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is available for iOS and Android and offers 10 days of battery life. Following in the footsteps of Pebble Steel, the smart watch runs a new timeline interface, offers a color e-paper display, built-in microphone for quick voice replies and notes, and is water resistant.

Power of the Smartstrap

Pebble Time Steel comes in silver, black and gold and targets consumers who want a more professional-looking smart watch. As its name suggests, all components of the watch -- from the curved watch case, to the bezel and machined buttons -- are made from stainless steel.

The new smart watch has the same dimensions as the Pebble Time, but itEUs one millimeter thicker. It offers a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass-based lens and comes with a leather band and stainless steel strap.

With 10 days of battery life, the device currently boasts the longest-lasting battery on the smart watch market. Hardware developers can build electronics and sensors to accompany the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel thanks to smart accessory ports on the backs of the watches that interface with apps on the devices.

"In order to add a heart rate monitor or GPS directly into a smart watch, you have to make serious compromises on design and battery life. And it's likely that if you buy a watch with a certain sensor today, it will be out of date within 12 months," said Migicovsky. "We are creating an open platform that will enable anyone to build smartstraps for Pebble watches.EU

Migicovsky offered an example: Imagine...

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