Smart watches are becoming quite popular today various models released that work in tandem with your smartphone. There’s the Pebble that works on both iOS and Android devices and there’s also Sony’s Xperia SmartWatch. While smart watches are great gadgets they have one limitation and that is that they rely on a smartphone to maximize its features.
Neptune Computer Inc., a Canadian startup company, aims to resolve this limitation by releasing the Neptune Pine. This Android smart watch costs $335 and comes with its own micro sim. This means that you will be able to make calls and receive text messages on the watch itself without a need for a smartphone.
The company is calling this device as “The world’s first independent smartwatch” and they are accurate in their description of it. This smart watch isn’t available in the market yet however you can reserve your unit now at the company website. The estimated release date will be on the third quarter of this year.
Neptune Pine runs on Leaf OS which is a heavily modified Android version custom tailored to run on devices with small screens.
Neptune Pine Technical Specifications
- Display: 2.5 inch capacitive touchscreen 432×240 resolution at 202 PPI
- Processor: 1 Ghz single-core ARM Cortex-A9
- Network: 2.5G (GSM, GPRS, EDGE): 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz : 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850, 900, 1900, 2100 Mhz
- Storage: 8, 16, or 32 GB
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Micro-SIM
- Sound: Speakerphone, Microphone, Bluetooth headset with 3.5mm headphone jack (included), Headphones (included), Vibration alert
- Camera: 5-megapixel Recondite camera
- Inputs: Digital compass, Heart Rate Monitor, FM Radio
- Apps: Clock, Phone, Messaging, Contacts, Email, Camera, Music Player, Gallery, Videos, Browser, Maps, Heart Rate Monitor, FM Radio, Weather, Notes, Calendar
- Battery: Built-in 800 mAh lithium-ion battery, Up to 5 hours talk time, Up to 120 hours standby
It’s surprising that such a small device can be jam packed with tons of features. We’re not sure how typing on such a small screen or how using the browser would feel like on this device.
Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on this tiny wonder as its release date approaches.