Pebble have held a press conference at CES in Las Vegas where they announced a new model of their popular smart watch that might be just what we have been waiting for. The original Pebble is a great little device but never looked particularly nice. All that has changed with the release of the Pebble Steel. It comes in two different finishes, Brushed Stainless and Black Matte.
Whilst Pebble have sensibly kept the same basic hardware inside both versions of their smart watch, the Steel does have some refinements beyond the material changes. For starters, despite the same battery and screen size, the Steel is smaller in both height and depth. There is a new charger socket which has magnetic contacts and there is Corning Gorilla Glass covering the screen. They also managed to fit an LED into the casing so you know when it is charging.
The price for all this added luxury is $249 with availability starting on January 28th. Pre-orders can be made by logging on to http://www.getpebble.com right now although it seems that most early delivery slots have already been taken.
In addition to the Steel, it was also announced that by the end of January there will be a brand new Pebble appstore which will act as a one stop shop for apps and watch faces. Apps will be categorised and curated by Pebble so developers are urged to submit their entries by January 9th to be in the store for the launch.
Finally, Pebble announced the addition of some new partners including Pandora, ESPN and Marcedes-Benz who will all be bringing apps to the Pebble smart watch platform.