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Pebble Announces New Premium Smartwatch Dubbed “Pebble Steel,” Available Today for $249

Pebble Steel-Brushed Stainless and Matte Black

You wanted new Pebble hardware, you got it. Announced this morning at CES, Pebble has announced Pebble Steel, their new premium smartwatch. It’s the same exact Pebble that you “know and love” yet in a smaller, thinner and more premium package. Available today for $249 in the Pebble store, the newest version of e-paper display smartwatch that took the world by storm last year through Kickstarter can be yours.

The Pebble Steel comes in two new colors, Brushed Stainless and Black Matte. Each watch also comes with both a metal band and a leather strap in case you’d like to mix it up style-wise. Again, it sports the same e-paper display as the original (5-7 day battery life), but there are some upgrades tossed in as well. Corning Gorilla Glass covers the front along with an anti-fingerprint coating, plus there is an LED light to show charging status.

It’s available for order today, but Pebble isn’t expecting to ship until late January or mid February.

Ready to buy one?

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  • Adamberts

    Returned my Pebble last week and picked up the Sony Smartwatch 2 for $159. SSW2 blows Pebble out of the water. I use it with my nexus 5 and no problems so far. The pebble screwed up all my notifications to the point that i had to manually update gmail which negated the point of even having the pebble. $250 is a RIP-OFF for a basic notification watch like the Pebble. Maybe $199 for the “premium” version but I’m thinking $150 for “premium” and reduce the original Pebble to $100.

    • NexusMan

      People pay $250 for watches with NO notifications.

  • Ian Smith

    The metal bracelets look terrible. Leather strap doesn’t look too bad. Still not ready for this, though.

    • NexusMan

      Love the Black metal one.

  • Rodeojones000

    So, can someone with a little more experience with Pebble (or other smartwatches) give me some info? I really want one, and I have no problem dropping $250 for something nice. But I don’t know what they’re truly capable of. I want to see my phone notifications (texts, gmail, etc) without having to take my phone out of my pocket. Can Pebble do this? Can it answer calls (like Galaxy Gear)? Is there a smartwatch with these features I should be considering? For what it’s worth, I’d be pairing the watch with an LG G2.

  • had.mar

    Name of the watch face on the left please? Where can I get it?

  • luke woodruff

    Hm maybe I should unroot and return this galaxy gear I recently got

  • Jason

    With a non-standard watchband attachment and a giant logo on the front I say FAIL.

    • NexusMan

      Don’t most watches have logos on the front? And isn’t the wrist band standard?

      • Jason

        I think that the logo is bigger on this than most watches that I have had. It is just a subjective judgment on my part that it is too big.
        Almost all decent watches have a spring bar between two lugs. Pebble decided to add a middle lug for some reason. It will only fit the bands that it comes with. The Engadget hands on video with Myriam Joire talks about this.

        • NexusMan

          Have you seen the SONY Smart Watch 2?

  • mcdonsco

    While I would have preferred some other sort of updated version in addition to steel, this, with gorilla glass, does get me interested in pebble again.

    I briefly had a pebble and the screen on it pretty much requires a protector…a few days and it looked like it was years old with scratches…returned it.

    • sirmeili

      “a few days and it looked like it was years old with scratches.”

      Isn’t that what the gorilla glass is supposed to help with?

  • Jacob Chang

    wait what? bit.ly/1effVjb

  • jadeveon da destroyer

    i would like to see a decent soft brown leather band and 10k wg face piece and id be all over it

  • greyhulk

    I have the original Pebble and it’s great, but you can get the TOQ for $50 more. I just don’t understand this price point. Maybe $200.

  • RoboCop

    Martian Smartwatch does all of this and more and is routinely $250 on Amazon.

    • Mike Hilal

      Im not so sure about that, the martian display is pretty limited.

      • RoboCop

        Same ticker battery life, waaaay longer clock battery life, fb, texting, controlling the camera, calling, and direct access to either Siri or Google Now which to me is the best thing about the watch.

        • Mike Hilal

          What is the battery life on the Martian?

          • RoboCop

            7-8 day ticker battery but the watch is a normal battery so like 2-3 years. Pretty much if you forget to charge your watch it still functions as a nice watch until you want to use it as more. Normal micro usb charging, stainless steel, nice leather bands, and you can switch it to a metal one anytime. Instant access to Google Now via button kicks ass.

          • Mike Hilal

            Gotcha. Im not liking the looks of the martian so much, and they’re now $300 on amazon.

          • RoboCop

            They were $220 around Thanksgiving for the square style and $230 for the round. They do the two things I wanted. Tell the time and let me ask quick questions and get answers. All that mp3 control and app stuff isn’t something I care about but making a quick call, seeing important messages, and not having to ever charge the watch itself is great. Some days I forget all about the smart features when it’s not charged but the time is always there.

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    I Hate that huge Pebble logo on the front visible at all times! What the hell?!!

    Other than that, they have the right idea… give us a jewelry watch that looks premium and professional… that Band with the Gear, I’d buy at $250

  • crazed_z06

    This is a good thing. I had actually got a pebble for christmas and returned it and picked up the gear for 200. The Pebble was shockingly cheap feeling.. It reminded me of a toy. I’m kind of a “watch guy” and there was no way I was going to wear something that flimsy. The gear’s construction is leagues better and it has much more functionality. With the latest update the battery easily goes 3 days also and you get notifications from everything.

  • kevlar

    I just bought the OG Pebble due to nice sale at BB after Xmas. At first I hated it. Thought, its missing camera, color display, etc….other things that the other smart watches have. Then I realized, I dont need that. I need an “accessory” for my phone and this is it. I am returning my current Pebble and just purchased the matte black one. This thing is pretty cool and with SDK2 finally coming out stable and the app store, I think Pebble has something here.

  • dazz1996

    Okay now I’m interested

  • IDLE0095

    Come on Eric make a device users really want. Something like the Galaxy Gear with color touch screen. Camera and the ability to make and receive calls on there Pebble. The e paper display is crap. I have stood by pebble since I backed them and Now that there are others out there making better smart watches I cant keep supporting Pebble. crap I had the in-pulse smart watch as beta for Eric way back when. But now the Sony Smart watch 2 kills the pebble. I have the galaxy gear now and I will never go back to pebble or Sony. Only way to go to Sony is if I change from a Samsung device. Which wont happen. I was hoping to see some color screen Pebbles. I get with my Galaxy Gear 3 days of usage. With my older Pebble I would have to charge every night or the next day around 2pm it would be dead. I emailed Eric directly and he told me if was a issue from others but they couldn’t replicate it so no way to fix it. But friends of mine that have pebbles have never gotten over 3 days of use on it. Pebble claims 7 days. I want to keep supporting Pebble but there coming out with old tech. its 2014.

    • Dave Whyte

      Just because you want something doesn’t mean other users want it. This is exactly what I want. In fact I have 2 Pebble watches. I have never had them die on me overnight I easily get a week out of them. Saying the E-Paper is crap, what issues have you had with the display? I don’t want a color display I can’t read in the sunlight or a massive watch on my wrist like some of them are. I need something that I can quickly look at to see my emails, text messages, change my music, and see who is calling me for cheap and that is what the Pebble watch has done. I would gladly vouch for and recommend Pebble to anyone.

    • Mike Hilal

      The galaxy gear is ridiculous looking. non geeks dont wear cartoon space watches with their suits, this is finally a fully featured option that wont make women run the other way

      • NexusMan

        The Gear only looks bad in pics. It actually is a very handsome device. I felt the same about the Nexus 5…looks way better than it photographs.

  • Justin Barrett

    I’m more excited about the 2.0 OS for my original Pebble. I don’t need to spend $100 more for metal. I can replace the band for much cheaper.

  • Hothfox

    I’d like to see them come out with some more feminine designs. I like the black steel design well enough, but it would be nice to at least have lighter colored leather straps or more delicate looking metal bands.

    • zurginator

      The issue is the tech of a smartwatch takes up a lot of space – and women’s watches are small. If you shrink the band without shrinking the face, it just looks even worse.

      • Hothfox

        I realize that. They could pick lighter colored leather (instead of black – try white, light browns, gold foil overlay, etc), or use more delicate looking links and still keep the width of the band the same as it is now. Fossil makes lovely women’s watches that still have thick bands.

        • coolsilver

          Fossil makes some very nice watches that are less in price. However they are also looking into this market as well. Smart move on both companies part.

          • Hothfox

            I have a couple nice Fossil watches that I wear occasionally. I’m just not a watch person. I’m just saying for me to be tempted by a Pebble, I have to at least like how it looks stock, without having to purchase something else on the side.

    • get a new band

      You do realize the Pebbles use standard wristbands. You could easily grab a white ceramic wristband or whatever color you want and turn the pebble into a chic feminine accessory.

      Also, those complaining about the price… a cheap stainless steel wristband is ~$50.. and that’s for a cheap one that scratches easily. I’m not saying the pebble has a premium stainless steel wristband, but it’s something to keep in mind.

      • Hothfox

        If I’m paying $250 for the steel face watch, I’m not going to spend another $50 on a band I -actually- want. Which is why I am not going to be buying a Pebble yet.

  • yankeesusa

    Sorry. I’d rather get the sony smartwatch at $199. It was actually at 159 last week. If they had upgraded the software and made it color then maybe.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I like it. Theres not much to say about the battery life, the navigation for apps is simple, and it looks good for smartwatch. After the espn app i was sold.

  • MichaelFranz

    yea $250 is steep, but i will say it looks fancy. I would love to see pebble team with like a nice watch company like invicta (my favorite) and make something similar to an invicta style watch with pebble integration.

    • zurginator

      I’d like to see something like the Rado large-band watches (but cheaper of course). Hell you could even stick small batteries in the links to make it last longer.

    • Turner

      I’m sorry, but aside from its Swiss roots there isn’t much that makes Invitica a “nice” watch company. They take cheap, read inexpensive and shoddy, parts and ad bright colors and sell them at a higher markup than actual quality watchmakers. I have $200 watches made by quality watchmakers that have better parts, quality, durability than even Invitica’s “high end” $1,500 watches I’ve seen.

      Edit:tl;dr Invitica sucks

  • Booyabobby

    Looks nice

  • Raven

    I love it. This is something that I would actually wear. Not quite as nice as my current Citizen Titanium watch, but a whole lot more functional. I think I will wait a bit though, but this will be my next birthday present to myself unless something better comes out by then.

  • Geekdad

    I was happy to pay $90 for my Pebble with the student discount. For $250 I will wait for Google to release one.

    • zurginator

      I’d be all over it for $250 if it had a decent screen…

    • NexusMan

      I kinda’ want both.

    • tu3218

      how’d you get a student discount?

      • Geekdad

        Best Buy sent out codes to college students for an additional $30 off. I went to slickdeals and someone gave me a code. I think it might still be valid if you can find a code.

        • tu3218

          Yeah I found a link to signing up for it, and it seems the deal is still active. I entered my school email in so hopefully it doesn’t take long to receive the coupon code.

        • tu3218

          Got the deal! Thanks. But I did notice that Pebble is $150 from best buy. How’d you get it to $90? Or did the price go up or something.

          • Geekdad

            The Pebble was on sale for $120. Wait it out and maybe it goes on sale again.

          • tu3218

            Awesome thanks. Yeah I’ll do some research on it. It seems very cool, just not sure how much I’d use it. I’m in nursing school so it could be useful not having to pull my phone out to check notifications. Course, does the clock have an option to displays seconds? Would definitely need that.

          • Geekdad

            There’s a ton of clock faces you can download. I am sure there is something that will fit your needs.

  • Fahad Beg

    and also, people buy $250 watches all the time. for some reason people want smart watches to priced less when they actually do a lot more than regular watches

    • Adrynalyne

      “and also, people buy more durable $250 watches all the time.”

      Fixed that for ya.

      • Ian

        How do you know just how durable the Pebble Steel is?

        • Adrynalyne

          How do you know it is more durable?

          I paid the same for my watch and have sapphire glass.

          • Fahad Beg

            but does it do all the things that the pebble does?

          • Adrynalyne

            I didn’t say ANYTHING about features, did I?

          • Fahad Beg

            no you didn’t. but the $250 price tag is there for a reason

          • Adrynalyne

            Exactly. I am not saying it should be the same price as the original. I am saying those upgrades are worth 50.00 at most.

          • Fahad Beg

            maybe, or maybe not. we’ll see when it is launched and how many people actually buy it

          • Ian

            I don’t know the specifics on the comparison of Gorilla Glass to sapphire glass, but for your uses and mine, I would wager the differences are irrelevant.

          • Adrynalyne

            Sapphire glass is more suitable for watches because Gorilla Glass has a lower mohs rating.

            Something you wear out in the open needs more protection in the glass.

            GG is about a 7-8, Sapphire is 9, Diamond is 10.

          • Ian

            http://bcove.me/l0kytjca – video comparison of sapphire to gorilla glass

            although they do not discuss the scratch comparison, in which sapphire is superior.

          • Adrynalyne

            So they threw it in with stuff that is lower on the mohs scale to show how it doesn’t scratch.

            Sounds legit. My ring can scratch GG without effort, whereas it would be hard-pressed to do it to sapphire.

            As for breakage, yeah, GG is more flexible.

          • NexusMan

            Oooh so GG is an 8 and sapphire is a 9! WOW!!! What a difference!

      • Fahad Beg

        the pebble seems more durable to me

        • Adrynalyne

          Than what exactly?

          • Fahad Beg

            I dont know. the only watch i own is a G-Shock and i feel like the pebble is as durable if not more

          • Adrynalyne

            Well yeah, I suppose if you compare it to that…

      • NexusMan

        Can’t remember the last stainless steel Gorilla Glassed watch I bought.

  • Daniel Walsh

    That has a more premium feel, but I love my premium watch already.

  • Daniel Walsh

    That looks better.

  • Mico

    Funny realization… if this will be 250$, I can only imagine what the consumer version of Google glass and competitors will be…. Guess i need to rob a bank to keep up with technology. -____-

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i think the steel is more about fashion, but i get what your saying.

    • zurginator

      Glass will probably be reasonably priced – Google can afford to sell things at a loss or at zero profit.

  • jaredgreenwald

    They should release an upgrade kit for older models. If the internals are truly the same, then it should just be a matter of swapping the bodies…

    • Fahad Beg

      there is a bit more ram in the pebble steel

      • BigJ

        Where does that info come from?

        • Fahad Beg

          The Verge

          • BigJ

            Thanks.

  • Mark

    Any chance they’ll do something special for OG Kickstarter backers?

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  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Very very tempting. I think I’m still holding out for soemthing…different though. I don’t just want notifications on my wrist, I want a truly useful addition to my experience that I can’t get elsewhere.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i think voice interaction is what your looking for.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Eh, not really, have that on my Moto X. It’s useful to be sure, but limited in scope.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          I’m pretty sure voice is the only form of input you’d want on a watch. Unless the swype devs come up with some keyboard that involves twisting your wrist. Which just sounds insane. I don’t think the hit in battery life is worth a colored screen. To see a tiny picture or watch a tiny video? More fitness? a front facing camera for hangouts? Just to make myself clear, i’m asking you, a sane person whose opinion i value based on what i read, what “useful addition” do you thinks missing? Maybe a special band thats a stock ticker? a swimmers edition? A biker edition?

    • NexusMan

      I was holding out for Google, but might get this in addition. I can have multiple smartwatches that look different jst as I would have multiple dumbwatches for different occasions.

  • Jeff

    Looks pretty nice, but it’s been a LONG time since I’ve wanted to wear a watch. But, if I’m in the market for a watch down the line, this is definitely a possibility, especially since it’s nice as a dress watch.

    • Adrynalyne

      Its just a piece of jewelry for me. My watch is completely impractical, but it looks nice.

      • NexusMan

        Exactly. But not completely for me…it does serve its purpose to me when my phone dies and I need to know the time, or when I’m in a dark setting like a theatre and need to know the time without disturbing others around me by pulling out a shining smartphone screen..

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Would be nice to not have to look at my phone every 5 minutes when i hear something. Technology screws people up. Watches or bust

  • Scott Parker

    “Available Today for $249″
    No, they are for sale now, but the website says they will begin shipping on January 28th.

  • they call me Rob

    I would be all over this but not at $250 – pass.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      That’s the price for premium

      • Adrynalyne

        Its the same device in a cheap metal body and band.

        Thats not worth 100 more.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Oh cause you’ve used it? The battery life is nice also.

          • Adrynalyne

            You are right, I haven’t.

            Of course, if I did, I’get the version that costs 100 less, derp. It is the same device, deep down.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Equivalent function does not make it an equivalent device, no matter the shared electronics. Aesthetics and feel are a huge reason that wearables are such a difficult sell in general. It’s also the reason that we have Timex and Tag Hauer. Both make wrist watches that tell the time accurately (similar function), but nobody would argue they are equivalent in any other measure.

          • Adrynalyne

            Again, I didn’t say it shouldn’t be more expensive, but 100 more is ludicrous.

        • mmark27

          Gorilla glass is different here and an important one. All the pebbles I’ve seen are scratched up like crazy. (I don’t own one admittedly, still waiting on the sidelines)

          • Adrynalyne

            That little amount of glass isn’t that expensive. Now if it had sapphire glass, then I could justify it.

          • mmark27

            correct, I’m not justifying the price, just that there IS a difference that does matter.

          • jerry13

            Gadget wraps sells a screen protector for the Pebble. I’ve mine protected since day one.

          • Turner

            Likewise here on mine

        • Ian

          Do you have one?

          • Adrynalyne

            Why do I need to have one to echo what this blog article says?

          • Ian

            Oh, I guess I missed where it says “cheap metal body and band”. Therefore I assumed you must have one to make such claims. My bad.

          • Adrynalyne

            Stainless steel is a cheap material. Welcome to planet Earth ;)

          • Ian

            Ah, you were going the ‘inexpensive’ way of cheap versus the ‘shoddy quality’. Missed that.

          • Adrynalyne

            Sorry. I usually say inexpensive, but for some reason didn’t today. I have no clue of build quality.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Stainless steel is cheap compared to what? Depending on the grade or alloy, it is a 20-300+% premium over mild steel, and can be a pain to machine to boot. Compared to plastic of the type used in the previous Pebbles, is roughly 5-10x as expensive to produce, even at similar volumes. While it is usually cheaper than slightly more exotic materials such as aluminum (again, depending on grade/alloy), no metal is “cheap” compared to mass-production plastic.

          • Adrynalyne

            You are really getting too granular with this.

            Look at the 440c pocket knives out there. Cost almost nothing and are worth as much.

            This is not going to be high grade stainless, of that I am 100% sure.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            440 stainless is actually an exceptionally good material for knives. However, it is not terribly useful for this case, as its hardness, more limited corrosion resistance, and requirement for heat-treatment for optimal performance make it a much less desirable material for this application. My assumption would be that they use 316L stainless, which is the single most common alloy used in jewelry and watches due to its high machinability, reasonable work hardening, and overall corrosion resistance in a variety of environments, including salt water. Most importantly, 316L Stainless is non-magnetic, which is extremely important in electronics, especially ones with wireless communications.

            As far as cost, the knife you mentioned is worth significantly less because it is stamped out of a sheet at very high volume with low tolerances. These watches (and most jewelry) are forged or cast and machine finished to high tolerances, which greatly increases their cost much much more than simply adding more material, though the amount of material added in this case is not insignificant as well.

            In the end, material is only a small part of the cost. Much much more important is the precision, tolerancing, and processes required during fabrication.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’ll defer to your knowledge here as it far exceeds mine. I was just pointing out that the price at 100 more is too much. 50 seems about right to me.

          • NexusMan

            That is one of the dumbest comments I have read.

          • Adrynalyne

            Congratulations, you just topped it.

        • Cowboydroid

          Price is about what the consumer is willing to pay. Not about material cost.

          Pebble probably doesn’t anticipate manufacturing many of these.

        • NexusMan

          Lol. Cheap. Says the man who hasn’t handled one. Unbelievable.

        • NexusMan

          It’s worth more to me, because I wasn’t interested in the original, but I am interested in this.

    • Fahad Beg

      the device also has more ram. and the materials are completely different

    • Khrhart

      The new Pebble is still at a premium price for a smartwatch with a fairly low resolution black and white display with no touchscreen and allows only 8 Apps to be added

    • Khrhart

      One new alternative is the SmartQ Z-Watch that compares to the Samsung Galaxy smartwatch in terms of high end features but at nearly half the price.

      The new SmartQ Z-Watch ($155) offers an innovative smartwatch from Smart Devices, a company that introduced the world’s first tablet with a built in DLP projector – winning a prestigious 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award; and now its Smart Q Z-watch is gaining notice for its features and design, and offering a high-performance 1 Ghz processor, a super high resolution color touchscreen display; and works with Android smartphones and handles phone calls, syncs schedules, plus offers an MP3 Player, walking/jogging pedometer and sleep analyzer, worldwide weather and much more — with an O/S update to work
      with Apple’s iOS available at the end of January. Smart Devices also launches an App store this month, after accepting hundreds of developer applications in November.

      One source for the new SmartQ Z-Watch is — Tab l et Sp r int– which also adds in an MP3 earphone kit as part of an introductory promotion; plus features an aluminum band strap for $25 that gives the Z-Watch a premium look.

    • Collin Chapin

      Why? It’s perfectly normal to spend $100-300 on a watch with similar appearance that does not link to your phone… I don’t see the big deal.

  • PhilD41

    I wonder if this means the price will drop for the original? Would love the gorilla glass, but not sure I can hit the $250 price point just yet.

  • Samvelavich

    It’s…. It’s Beautiful!

    • Adrynalyne

      Should be 50 more than original, max.

  • htowngtr

    A bit disappointed it’s not more than a slight redesign.

    • Adrynalyne

      My Citizen Stiletto is like wtf? at the price.

      Steel band and slight redesign is worth 100 more?

      K.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Should have made it plastic /s

        • Adrynalyne

          They sold when they were plastic.

          Swapping with a metal body isn’t worth 100 more and you know it.

          • T4rd

            Maybe they made it out of Adamantium?

          • Adrynalyne

            LOL!