Pine Smartwatch Sheds Smartphone Tether
The Achilles' heel of most smartwatches is the need for constant connection to a mobile device. Neptune's Pine hopes to break free of those smartphone shackles, as the upcoming smartwatch can function completely on its own.
Neptune has released its first shipment of Pine smartwatches after a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised $800,000 despite an original goal of just $100. Non-Kickstarter backers can pre-order the Pine for $349 for the 16GB version, or $449 for a 32GB model.
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The Pine will allow users to make and receive phone calls and text messages, shoot videos and pictures, check emails, and even browse the Web. All of this will be done from the Pine's 2.4-inch capacitive touch screen, which can accommodate a full QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-MP camera that can shoot 720p HD video. It even has flash.
But wait, there's more. The Pine can also serve as a fully featured fitness tracker. It has a built-in GPS, accelerometer, gryoscope, pedomoeter and digital compass. That means that the Pine can track your location and the amount of energy you spent to get there. It will also feature Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for syncing to third-party accessories.
The whole system is based around Android Jelly Bean. No, not some custom fork, but the full phone version that millions of users are already familiar with. The watch is powered by a 1.20GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. And if you were worried about how long this powerful wearable will last, Neptune claims five days of standby time, seven hours of browsing or eight hours of talk time.
If you are captivated by the Pine's wealth of features, the next shipment of smartwatches will be going out later this fall.