Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pebble Smartwatch Registers Record Sales on Kickstart

The company started taking preorders for the new Pebble Time smartwatch Tuesday morning on Kickstarter and raised $1 million in 49 minutes, easily setting a new record. 

Pebble says the new smartwatch is 20% thinner than its predecessor, and it features a new color e-paper screen. The previous version of the Pebble only came with a black and white screen.

The Pebble Time will have a built-in microphone to perform voice-activated controls and an upgraded operating system that can store more than eight apps (the old Pebble's maximum). The new Pebble software, which will be available for older Pebble watches as well, will also allow information like stock ticker alerts, weather and email notices to be displayed chronologically.

Kickstarter backers can buy the new smartwatch for $179 by funding Pebble's campaign. Pebble offered Pebble Time for $159 to the first 10,000 people who pledged. Two-time supporters will have the option to get the back of the device engraved for free.

The Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign ends on March 27 and Pebble will start shipping watches to donors sometime in May. After the shipments are fulfilled, Pebble will sell Pebble Time online and with retailers for $199. This is the same price as the company's more elegant Pebble Steel watch, and $100 more than its original Pebble Watch.

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