Pebble Time Steel smartwatch now available for pre-order

Smartwatch pioneer Pebble has announced that its premium Pebble Time Steel wearable is now available for pre-order.

The premium iteration of the Pebble Time features longer battery life, a better colour display and, as the name would suggest, steel construction.

The Pebble website says the Time Steel will ship in 6-8 weeks, although those who backed the product on Kickstarter will get them sooner.

The company is asking $249 (about £160) for the Time Steel, but $299 (about £192) for those who wish to add a matching steel strap. The device is available in black, silver and gold.

The commencement of pre-orders comes just a couple of weeks after it released the Pebble Steel to customers.

Pebble will hope the Steel edition will be received better among critics than the plastic device.

In a recent TrustedReviews test, the new Pebble Time scored just 6/10.

It received praise from our reviewer for its always-on clock, waterproof to 30m capabilities, impressive battery life and Timeline UI feature. However, it was docked points for its cheap feel, “dodgy” buttons, limited iOS features and childish animations.

We’ve already been hands-on with a Pebble Time Steel and a full review will be forthcoming.

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