Pebble Time 2: Everything you need to know about the fanciest Pebble watch

The premium smartwatch for the 'active professional'
Pebble Time 2: Essential guide

It's been a year since the Pebble Time was released and it seems Pebble thinks it's time for another watch - or two including the Pebble 2 plus a non-wrist wearable, the Pebble Core.

While the Pebble 2 is is bringing a more fitness feel to the lineup in in the form of a 'sportier Pebble' the Time 2 isn't without its own fitness functions. In the words of Pebble, the Time 2 is for the 'active professional.'

Hands on: Pebble Time 2 review

The Pebble Time 2 is arriving with Pebble's usual array of features - along with some new ones in tow. Read on to find out everything we know about the Pebble Time 2.

Pebble Time 2: Design and style

The Time 2 is being touted as a 'premium smartwatch' meaning it's the fanciest of the new bunch.

Available in marine grade stainless steel with colors in gold, silver and black, the Time 2 will remain an affordable, stylish timepiece you can wear to the office then on a job afterwards.

The silicone strap with stainless steel buckle has the same quick release mechanism making it easier to swap in other bands including the Pebble Time Steel leather and metal link straps.

Time 2 also works with any 22mm watchband, so you can mix and match to suit your style if the stock colors aren't to your liking.

Measuring in at 10.8mm thick and weighing in at 64.6g, it's actually heavier and thicker than the original, no doubt to accommodate the bigger display and additional heart rate monitor. You can still take it for a dip though as it's swim, shower and rain-proof up to 30 metres depth.

Pebble Time 2: Features

If you've been disappointed by the brightness level or small real estate of the first Time, Pebble listened.

Time 2 features a full color e-paper display that is more than 50% larger and has a higher resolution of 80% more pixels so more can be seen on the screen. It's a 228 x 200 1.5-inch display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

There's a built-in microphone for voice notes and replies, while Pebble has also said that Smartstraps will be supported with updates resources and guides on its Developer Website.

The Time 2 runs on Pebble OS with the same ARM Cortex M7 processor found inside the first Time powering performance. There's no Wi-Fi or GPS, but it'll still work with both iPhones and Android devices.

Pebble Time 2: Fitness and sleep tracking

The Time 2 is introducing an optical heart rate monitor, to work alongside the built-in accelerometer to deliver activity and sleep tracking via Pebble Health.

All the previous updates, like Smart Alarms and Mobile Health Snapshot will be available through Health.

To recap: Health tracks when you fall asleep, wake up, and how much deep sleep you're getting (that's the really good stuff). Smart Alarms determine your optimal wake-up time based on your sleep cycle, so you're less groggy and more energized to tackle the day.

The snapshot provides graphs of daily, weekly, and monthly breakdowns show your average wake-up times, calories burned on long walks, changes in heart rate zones and more.

Auto detecting long walks and runs and sending you quick summaries immediately afterwards are also part of the Time 2 package.

There are two new features that Pebble is sticking in the Time 2. Adaptive Goals is one goody that tailors activity goals to fit you, keeping the goals within reach, but still challenging. Goals ensures you won't get demotivated (and you won't get bored) as you make incremental progress.

The second includes Pebble Health integrating with your calendar so despite last-minute changes or unpredictable variations in your schedule, Health will find free hours and help you take full advantage of them for a workout.

Pebble Time 2: Battery life

In typical Pebble fashion, the battery life of the Time 2 remains lengthy (for a smartwatch) and can last up to 10 days on one charge. That's 3 more days than the Pebble 2 can muster up and is still considerably more than the one or two days you get from the Apple Watch and most Android Wear watches.

You'll still need a standard Pebble USB charging cable, so there's no wireless charging support like the Pebble Core.

Pebble Time 2: Price and release date

Announced as another Kickstarter exclusive, the Pebble Time 2 is selling for $169 which is only $20 more than the original Pebble Time, after the recent Pebble price drop. It'll be $199 when it goes on sale 'properly' which starts globally in November and will be heading to other retailers later this year into early 2017.


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25 Comments

  • Nischit says:

    The New Pebble Time 2 is set to take the game to its rivals, with its desirability increased due to the bigger screen and a heart rate sensor 

  • Dgl39pso says:

    I think the Gear S2 is the future the UI is great Pebble are good but the screen really is second rate by comparison, I own 4 pebbles including the time steel. No wireless charging is a bummer I think they should have sacrficed a couple of days battery life and incorporated the core into the watch or at least GPS. I don't see the point in carrying two devices when I run.

  • Herbieruth says:

    Can the Pebble Time 2 trach swimming like the misfit shine or a garmin? 

    • Eviljer says:

      There are a host of swimming apps on the Pebble App Store, so yes, both the PT2 and the P2 can track swimming. Right now I'm using Swim.com on my PTS

  • OldManLink says:

    I have 2 questions:

    1. Will the Time 2 fit onto the TimeDock charging station? (Time Steel fits perfectly)
    2. Will the glass be of a better quality than that of the Time Steel?
  • jj4 says:

    Will they come out with a Time Round 2?

    • Jpess says:

      Yes they have announced a time round 2

      • Scarabaea says:

        Is there any source for this?

        • Egotript says:

          yes. It's on the Kickstarter page. Shipping to backers in September. If you hadn't found an answer yet.

  • bobbyrooney says:

    does it have bluetooth, a music player, and removable storage, ie microSD slot?

  • miltjones4 says:

    My wife is visually handicapped.  Will the Pebble time 2 give the time in audio, like a talking watch?

    • pebbleexpert says:

      No, the time 2 will not have any speaker on board

    • pebbleexpert says:

      No, the time 2 will unfortunate not have an onboard speaker.

    • pettran says:

      Not a talking watch, but we can work around by:

      An app named "Minutes Viber" has the ability to vibrate to indicate the hours & minutes.

      Use the quick launch for this app to make the Pebble tell time by vibrating.

  • pebbleexpert says:

    No, the time 2 will unfortunate not have an onboard speaker. 

  • rreyes1005 says:

    The price for the watch is now $199

  • Pgyuf says:

    Time 2 is almist perfect. But I used to use touch screen on Basis Peak. Pushing the buttons seems step back. Intel wants to recall Peaks.

    I'm waiting for similar with touch screen.

  • acong says:

    i am debating on getting my first fitness tracker and im pretty active when i can which i do weights, walking, jogging, hiking, ellipticals, boxing.... i really like th fitbit blaze for many reason but the pebble has made me turn my head: does the pebble time 2 have the feature to swap the bands like fitbit blaze? that might be a deal breaker as i like to customize my wearable.

    • akiraTC11 says:

      they said you can replace it with any 22mm bands

  • Blairhug says:

    can you text with this??

    • cuedon says:

      You can reply to texts with your voice.

  • Celanova says:

    Does it have a GPS system or app for a tracker?

    • pjamies says:

      Nope, No GPS ..

  • MGK17 says:

    Does this watch change time zones automatically when traveling, or can you at least change to a new local time easily by pressing a few buttons?

    • TnTom says:

      Auto change - follows phone time

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