Feb 17 AT 8:27 PM Nick Sarafolean 3 Comments

The Neptune Duo is a wearable that takes the place of your smartphone

Neptune Duo

The Neptune Duo is a new wearable that aims to take care of all of the tasks that your smartphone would. Smartwatches have been a growing segment of the market and Neptune is back for another attempt after its first smartwatch, the Neptune Pine. The Neptune Hub is a smart cuff (it’s not really a smartwatch in the traditional sense) that packs the power of a smartphone into the cuff itself, allowing it to be used freely. But Neptune is pairing it with the Neptune Pocket, which is basically just a screen and battery inside a smartphone shell. Together, they become the Neptune Duo.

The Neptune Hub features specs such as a 2.4-inch curved display, quad-core processor, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. Essentially, it is your phone. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with access to all of the apps and can be used to make calls, send and receive texts, interact with notifications, track fitness and more.

The Neptune Pocket is all screen and battery. Like a computer monitor, its sole purpose is to display information, even if it’s not producing that information. The Hub and Pocket are connected by a wireless connection that allows you to have a more traditional smartphone experience when you use the Pocket. The Pocket also has a secondary purpose, acting as a portable battery pack for the Hub, which can be charged from the Pocket.

The Neptune Duo has several issues, one of the largest being its design and size. Current non-working prototypes of the Hub are enormous and clunky, making for a device that’s unattractive and uncomfortable to use. Another issue is that of a stable wireless connection between the Hub and Pocket. From our experiences with wireless connections between devices, the current technology is less than ideal for doing the rapid tasks that many use a smartphone for. The hassle of dropped connections is something that nobody wants to deal with.

If the Neptune Duo does interest you, there are several different ways to pre-order the device. The full cost is $798, due at time of shipment, which is scheduled for late 2015. For a limited time, however, you can take advantage of the following pledge tiers:

  • Pledge $49 now. Pay $649 at shipment. Save $100.
  • Pledge $199 now. Pay $399 at shipment. Save $200.
  • Pledge $498 now. Pay $0 at shipment. Save $300.

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Show Press Release
MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Neptune, a Canadian consumer electronics innovator, today unveiled Neptune Duo, a two-device package featuring the world’s smartest wearable, Neptune Hub, and a pocket-sized companion device that reinvents the smartphone, the Pocket screen.

“The current wearables market is saturated with Bluetooth-paired smartwatches and fitness bands,” said Simon Tian. “The issue is that they all depend on the presence of a nearby smartphone in order to have full function. This is mainly because the wearable usually acts as a ‘dummy’ device that tethers to your smartphone, the ‘master’ device. But what if the roles were reversed? What if smartphones were completely rethought to simply become dummy pocket-sized displays, void of any computing or connectivity, that paired with a smart wearable on your wrist instead? That’s what Neptune Duo is.”

Your Wrist Rules. Your Pocket Serves.

With a powerful quad-core processor, as well as support for 3G/4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC, Neptune Hub is the world’s smartest wearable. The Hub wirelessly interacts with Neptune Pocket, a 5″ interactive dummy display – a peripheral-equivalent to the modern day smartphone. Much like a mouse, a keyboard, or a computer monitor, the Pocket screen is simply an interface for the Hub. It’s not very smart, it doesn’t need to be.

A New Bare Minimum.

Neptune Hub lets users place calls, send and receive messages, glance at notifications, track fitness and much more – all directly on the wrist – all on its own.

Stay Connected.

With or without the Pocket screen, the user will always stay connected with the Hub. Pocket screens are interchangeable as well; borrow one if you don’t have yours. Never worry about forgetting your phone again.

Always Secure.

With all apps and files stored on the Hub, a lost or stolen Pocket screen doesn’t mean lost data anymore. All personal information will always stay securely on the wrist.

The Pocket Screen Doubles as a Battery Juice Pack.

The Pocket screen can act as a portable battery juice pack for the Hub, recharging it when it needs more power. With a combined battery capacity of 3,800 mAh, Neptune Duo can last a few days of normal usage on a single charge.

Neptune Duo runs on Lollipop, allowing you to experience all Android apps right on your wrist and in the palm of your hand.

Pricing & Availability

Neptune Duo is set to be released in late 2015. Reservations are now available for free at getneptune.com, with $798 to be paid at shipment. Reservations may be cancelled at any time up until shipment.

Pledge tiers are also available for a limited time.

Pledge $49 now. Pay $649 at shipment. Save $100.
Pledge $199 now. Pay $399 at shipment. Save $200.
Pledge $498 now. Pay $0 at shipment. Save $300.

About Neptune

Neptune designs and develops consumer electronics that aim to enrich people’s lives through the power of disruptive technology and intuitive design. Neptune’s first product, Pine, was the world’s first independent smartwatch. Neptune Duo, set to be released in late 2015, will reinvent the smartphone and the smartwatch.

Learn more at getneptune.com

Via: PR NewsWire

Source: Neptune

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Bart

    The video didn’t demonstrate how to remove the Hub from your wrist. It appeared rigid in design so I would first need to see how ergonomically feasible it is before I even start considering how technically feasible it is. It is a step in the “innovative” direction, but the idea and design is probably “not there yet.”

  • Mil

    A watch which has a leather strap and a buckle clasp can sometimes feel like it doesn’t have enough adjustments. One hole feels like its too tight on the wrist while the next feels too lose. Therefore, what hope is there for such a rigid device to sit comfortably on the wrist like that. A bit of wiggling and I’m sure it’ll be rotating on the wrist.

  • John Patrick

    I just don’t see the wireless connection between hub and pocket (kinda dumb name) as refreshing fast enough for games, video, etc. I’ve also had enough bad experiences with Bluetooth to be leary of a screen and core device that have to connect and disconnect intelligently.