Pebble’s high-end Steel smart watch is now available at Best Buy’s online shop and will hit the retail chain’s brick-and-mortar locations this upcoming Sunday. Both of them will be priced at $229.99 with a leather band for those of you who are interested. The iPhone-compatible Pebble Steel is already advertised on Best Buy’s website in both black matte and brushed stainless, with each being advertised as shipping within one day. The two smart watches are set to release alongside a new color option of the original Pebble: “arctic white,” which will sell for $149.95. Best Buy spokesperson, Carly Charlson, said the following regarding the matter:
Pebble's first smart watch, which was launched exclusively at Best Buy, made a big splash with consumers last year. This is technology that people want to test and try before buying, so we're happy to partner with Pebble again and bring the same exclusive opportunity to our customers for Pebble Steel.
For those of you who didn’t already know, Pebble helped to jumpstart the interest in the smart watch market when its Kickstarter campaign broke records and generated significant buzz. Just last week, the Pebble platform was updated to add support for Apple’s location-based iBeacons, as well as wireless iPhone volume control.
Best Buy is one of the few retailers that has been quick to embrace the smart watch trend, carrying the Pebble for almost a year. The retailer has also offered the iPhone-compatible MetaWatch since last fall and sells an assortment of iOS-connected wearable devices from companies like Nike, Fitbit, Misfit, and Jawbone.
The Cupertino California company has been long-rumored to be planning its own entrance into the wearables market, with most speculation centering around a so-called “iWatch” that would be worn on the wrist and would track health and fitness related data. The latest reports claim that Apple may be planning an October event to unveil such a product. We’ll have to wait and see.
Source: Best Buy via AppleInsider