Enter the Neptune Pine smartwatch, smartphone tech specs at RM600+
There have been quite a few smartwatch announcements recently and one of the latest is the Neptune Pine smartwatch. Originally a Kickstarter crowd-funding project (which is still running and has already met it's $100000 goal), the Pine smartwatch is a standalone device that packs in the tech specs and hardware of an entry-level smartphone into a rather chunky smartwatch that you can remove from the dock like strap to take pictures. This is because the Pine has a 5MP rear camera to go with a VGA front camera as well, both complete with LED flash. Other tech specs include a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB of storage and a 2.4-inch screen with 320 x 240 pixel resolution. The Pine supports Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and even 3G along with voice calls and SMS. While it runs on Android 4.1, Neptune devs are currently working on an Android 4.4 update.
It is currently available for $199 Canadian dollars (RM607) but do bear in mind that there are only 94 spots left for this pledge as of the time of writing. Like most other smartwatches the Pine follows the slab of touchscreen design but the larger screen means that you can type on it, solving the problem of input. It even has (according to Neptune devs) a 120 hour standby time (about 5 days) thanks to a 810 mAh battery. While this isn't the longest battery life for a smartwatch (one week) the features on it does make the Pine rather impressive in it's own way. It is scheduled for release in January 2014. For more information check out the Kickstarter site and the Neptune Pine site. Would the Pine smartwatch be what you want in a smartwatch or are you looking for a tiny smartphone to put on your wrist? Feel free to comment and check out the videos of the Neptune Pine smartwatch below:
The Neptune Pine smartwatch Kickstarter video
The Neptune Pine smartwatch in real-life action
Here's the teaser trailer