Pebble Time Steel is the more attractive sibling to Pebble’s new smartwatch

The original Pebble Time already looks a little outdated. Photo: Pebble

The original Pebble Time already looks a little outdated. Photo: Pebble

This time last week, Pebble announced Pebble Time, its brand new smartwatch for 2015. And if you’ve already backed that thinking it would keep you going until a more extravagant successor to the Pebble Steel came along, you’re going to be pretty disappointed with today’s Pebble news.

Just one week after the company announced Pebble Time and raked in more than $12 million (and counting) in funding, it today revealed Pebble Time Steel, a high-end version of the device that’s made of metal, and boasts better battery life.

Pebble Time Steel looks identical to the regular Pebble Time, and it delivers all of the same features — including that new full-color e-paper display, a water-resistant form factor, and a built-in microphone. But it’s still significantly better.

Made out of stainless steel and available with black, silver, and gold finishes, Pebble Time Steel offers up to ten days of battery life in between charges — versus the original Pebble Time’s 7 days — and comes with a leather or stainless steel strap.

Pebble Time Steel in gold. Photo: Pebble

Pebble Time Steel in gold. Photo: Pebble

Pebble Time Steel also introduces Pebble’s new “Smartstraps” platform, which is also compatible with the original Pebble Time.

Smartstraps are swappable straps that can add additional components to your new Pebble watch. For example, some straps might offer an extra battery for even greater battery life; others might add a GPS; and others could add a heart rate monitor.

Smartstraps is an open hardware platform, which enables third-party accessory makers to create their own intelligent straps for both the Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble is leaning on that community to get Smartstraps up and running.

Since Pebble Time made its Kickstarter debut last Tuesday, it has raised more than $12 million in funding. Some of its 54,500 backers will undoubtedly be disappointed that they couldn’t pre-order Pebble Time Steel from the start, and it seems kind of strange that Pebble didn’t just announce both devices at the same time.

But don’t worry; it’s not too late to change your order.

“Existing Pebble Time backers can easily change to or add a Pebble Time Steel by clicking the blue ‘Manage’ button that appears next to your pledge amount [on the Kickstarter page],” Pebble explains.

If you haven’t already backed Pebble Time and you’re interested in buying Pebble Time Steel now, you can now pre-order yours via the same Kickstarter page for $250. Its final retail price will be $299 — $100 more than Pebble Time.