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Leaked image may show Pebble’s new colorful watch

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Last week we saw a countdown timer on Pebble’s website, suggesting the company may introduce its next smartwatch Tuesday morning. On Monday, an image from Pebble’s own servers shows what the new device may look like.


9to5 Google found the image, which shows a wider but similar watch to the current Pebble, which works with both [company]Apple[/company] iPhones and Google Android handsets.

The most noticeable difference is the yellow background color; up to now Pebble smartwatches have used low-power, e-ink monochrome displays to help the watches run for several days on a charge. The image shown has the same button placement as prior Pebble watches, with one on the left and three on the right.

pebble action

Earlier this month, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky said new hardware was on the way. I had figured this meant a more radical redesign, but based on the picture, it appears that Pebble is refining its current hardware. There’s nothing wrong with that and it surely keeps production costs down as opposed to creating a completely different design.

I’m more intrigued by the software we’ll find inside a new Pebble, though.

The company hired some of the old webOS team and Migicovsky noted that the watch interface will be different; there will still be apps but they won’t be the focus. Based on the image of a notification, it could be that these take center stage in some new way, similar to [company]Google[/company] Now. We should know for sure tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET when the countdown ends.

4 Responses to “Leaked image may show Pebble’s new colorful watch”

  1. Judge Dickerson

    Looks like they got rid of the proprietary watch strap that is on the steel. The microphone will never work due to noise canceling, no one has ever been able to get it right. I’ll keep my steel. What about the charger will that be different?

  2. Hope they don’t do anything that reduces battery life, that’s the main advantage the Pebble has over its rivals. Only thing I really need from the next Pebble is space for more apps. Higher res screen might be nice, but not if it reduces battery life to less then I get from the current model.

  3. I truly hope 9to5 is wrong, because I love my Pebble, but if there is one thing they could change, is less bezel around the screen. Color is not at the top of my list, but either a smaller watch…or a larger display would truly move the needle.

    And I truly hope that *any* changes do not negatively impact battery life.