It’s been quite the year for Pebble already, with a return to Kickstarter with the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel netting them over $20 million. This in the face of an ever growing number of Android Wear watches, the launch of Apple Watch, and new Tizen-based offerings from Samsung.
Pebble was holding one more piece of hardware up its sleeve this year, and today announced the Pebble Time Round. As the name suggests, the Pebble Time Round diverts from the now familiar rectangular Pebble screen in favor of the more traditional round face that is proving popular with many buyers. Along with the change in shape, the Pebble Time Round is considerably thinner and lighter than previous models at just 7.5mm and 28 grams, down from 9.5mm and 42.5 grams on the Pebble Time. This will make it the thinnest and lightest smartwatch on the market when it launches in November.
Beyond the physical changes, the Pebble Time Round isn’t diverging greatly from the existing Pebble Time lineup. It is using the same color e-paper display and will offer days of battery life. Pebble also touts that a 15-minute quick charge will be able to give you another juice for another full day of battery life.
The Pebble Time Round comes in either Black, Silver or Rose Gold finishes and is paired with a 14mm or 20mm quick change leather band, with additional metal options to be introduced later in the year.
For Pebble Time Steel backers that have just received their rewards from the Kickstarter project, Pebble is offering you the ability to trade in your Pebble Time Steel for the Pebble Time Round when they are available. Details of the exchange program can be found on Pebble’s help site, but the basics are that you will have 30 days with the Pebble Time Round to make up your mind on which you prefer and can then choose to keep either watch without spending any more than you did on the Kickstarter, or you can keep both and receive a $50 discount on the Pebble Time Round.
The Pebble Time Round will retail for the same $249 as the Pebble Time Steel and is available for pre-order today shipping in November.