Invece rimango sorpreso nel constatare che la progettazione è andata avanti (creando uno smartwatch abbastanza diverso dalla prima versione) e siamo arrivati alla soglia del preorder. Innanzitutto va detto che il costo di Neptune Pine non è bassissimo, si parte da 335$ per la versione a 16Gb fino ai 395$ per quella a 32Gb. A sua difesa c’è da dire che è sostanzialmente un sostituto dello smartphone potendo vantare un display TFT da ben 2,5 pollici. Sicuramente al polso potrà apparire vistoso anche se quelli di Neptune hanno lavorato molto sulla linea cercandone di alleggerire i contorni e renderlo meno “invasivo” quando indossato.
In parte sono riusciti nell’intento creando uno smartwatch dalle linee essenziali e moderne con integrate tutte le periferiche possibili. Addirittura sono presenti due fotocamere (come in un qualsiasi smartphone) per consentire la video chiamata (che ormai si fa anche su molti canali social, come Hangout). La fotocamera principale vanta invece un sensore da 5Mpx che dovrebbe consentire buoni scatti e riprese video a 720p. Completano il quadro GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, accelerometro, bussola…
Al netto di tutto però abbiamo delle dimensioni fisiche piuttosto importanti (66.0 x 53.5 x 14.2 mm) con il dato dello spessore superiore ai 14 mm che un po’ fa pensare. La dotazione però è davvero completissima e non manca nulla, anche se sarebbe stata un’ottima cosa una memoria RAM di almeno 1 Gb, invece si ferma a 512 Mb che per Android 4.0 ICS sono forse un po’ pochini.
Di seguito la sua scheda tecnica completa e il comunicato stampa emesso qualche giorno fa dal team di Neptune Pine
2.4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
320×240 QVGA resolution
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1700, 1900
UMTS/HSPA+/WCDMA 850, 1700, 1900, 2100
16 or 32 GB mass storage
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
66.0 x 53.5 x 14.2 mm
Sound & Alert
3.5mm headphone jack
5-megapixel rear-facing camera
VGA front-facing camera
LED flash (Front & Rear)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2GHz Dual- Core ARM Cortex-A5
Built-in rechargeable 900 mAh lithium polymer battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
In the Box
Neptune wrist strap
Micro-USB charging and data cable
USB power adapter
Neptune stereo headset
August 27, 2013 13:30 ET
Neptune Pine: The Game-Changing Smartwatch is Now Available for Pre-Order
With unparalleled connectivity and an extensive set of features, the Pine smartwatch puts a social media hub, a fitness lab, a media player, two cameras, a dual-core processor and a phone on your wrist. Available now for pre-order at neptunepine.com.
MONTREAL, CANADA–(Marketwired – Aug. 27, 2013) – Neptune Computer Inc., a Canadian tech company based in Montreal, today announced that its much anticipated flagship product, the Neptune Pine, is now available for pre-order at neptunepine.com starting at a suggested retail price of $335. With unparalleled connectivity and an extensive set of features, the Pine does it all, without tethering to a smartphone. The Pine is expected to ship to US and Canada in December of 2013.
The Pine smartwatch is in a class all on its own. First, it is a completely independent communications device. With the full power of the Android OS and support for 2G/3G*, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, the Pine can make and receive voice calls*, browse the web, check and respond to emails, Facebook posts, tweets, and text messages*- Bluetooth- tethering not required. The VGA front-facing camera lets users video chat with their friends and relatives directly from their wrist. The rear-facing 5 megapixel camera shoots crisp, still images and videos fast, in any lighting, with an LED flash. For user input, the full QWERTY keyboard coupled with Android’s voice recognition capabilities makes it easy to compose emails and search queries on the 2.4-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen.
The Pine is also an extremely powerful fitness tracker. With built-in GPS, pedometer, and compass, it tracks steps, pace, time, laps, location, direction and calories burned. With the help of the included Neptune PulseCounter**, it becomes a real-time heart rate monitor. Additionally, the Pine handset can be attached to mounts or other accessories where it becomes a wearable, point-of-view (POV) video camera, shooting in 720p HD video with its rear-facing 5 megapixel camera.
With up to 32GB of mass storage, the Pine smartwatch can easily store and play thousands of songs, movies, TV shows and games. The built-in 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope makes it a perfect gaming device, and the powerful 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor*** gives the Pine more than enough speed and power to easily switch between multiple apps.
A premium matte finish, distinctive frosted-steel buttons, and a water-resistant casing all give the Neptune Pine its distinctive look. The tempered-glass face coupled with its 2.4- inch capacitive touchscreen allows the Pine to deliver information with unprecedented clarity and style. The 35mm silicone wrist strap and the class-exclusive locking buckle make the Pine easy and comfortable to wear. The Pine is easily removable from its wrist strap, and it can be attached to various mounts and accessories.
“The Pine is easily the most versatile piece of wearable tech on the market right now,” said Aaron Wilkins, Neptune’s Chief Technology Officer. “Technology has only recently reached the critical point where a device like this is not only technically feasible, but also elegant and practical.”
The Neptune Pine comes in either jet black or polar white, and ships with the Pine handset, a Neptune wrist strap, a micro-USB charging & data cable, a USB power adapter, and a pair of Neptune stereo headphones. The Pine will begin shipping to US and Canada in December of 2013 at a suggested retail price of $335 for the 16GB model and $395 for the 32GB model. Pre-orders are now available at neptunepine.com.
* Requires compatible micro-SIM card.
** Only included with pre-orders. Will be sold separately starting December 2013.
*** See all technical specifications at www.neptunepine.com/tech-specs.
About Neptune Computer Inc.
Founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Simon Tian, Montreal-based Neptune Computer Inc. is a developer of innovative products that aim to enrich customers’ lives though the power technology, intuitive functionality and fashionable design. The Pine smartwatch, to be released this year, is the first of many innovative consumer products to come.