An image of a revamped Pebble smartwatch has just been found hosted on the company’s own servers, coinciding nicely with the planned unveiling of its next-gen wearable this week. Head on over the jump for more details and a look at the new wearable.
Pebble has gained some significant traction in the market since its first watch was released, but with the arrival of the feature-rich Android Wear powered devices, the company has lost some ground to the competition, not to mention the odds Pebble would be facing at the hands of the April bound Apple Watch. With a lot of ground to cover, Pebble has set a timer on its official website, counting down to the day when the next-gen wearable would be announced, but has offered no information regarding anything whatsoever.
According to 9to5Mac, the watch is likely to carry a color screen display this time around, and it may well be based on the e-paper technology, making the watch much thinner than any of its siblings. Though from the image unearthed from Pebble’s own website, the thin profile can’t be established, however we can see that the screen is in fact colored albeit a low resolution one, judging by the image. Interestingly, this new watch will go on without a touch-screen, something that is more of an industry standard for smartwatches these days. Reports suggest that the upcoming watch will be carrying a Cortex M4 processor and a new 6-axis gyroscope, while the battery would be comparable to the first generation Pebble watch, thanks to the e-paper display.
The large bezels, and the overall wider physical dimensions make the screen (more smaller) than it actually needs to be, while the buttons adorning the watch have been shrunk down a bit as well, but that just leads us to wonder how low a price tag would this new watch would be carrying when released, since it offers a low resolution display and a no touch-screen interaction. The watch’s OS has been completely redesigned this time around and the team behind the webOS platform are reportedly involved in its development.
Once unveiled, we may see an array of new animations and appearance tweaks with the new UI, third-party applications are supposedly not going anywhere with this new watch as well, with support still limited to notifications and alerts as such.