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July 31, 2021

$26.99 Smartwatch

From PCMag:

An Apple Watch Series 6 costs at least $399, but now you can save over 90% of your cash and opt for a Linux smartwatch instead.

In 2019, Pine64 announced that it was working on a $25 Linux smartwatch.

It turns out $25 was a little optimistic because, as OMG! Ubuntu! reports, the PineTime has now launched carrying a $26.99 price tag.

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You read correctly: $26.99.

Keeping in mind how little this smartwatch costs, you're getting a device that weight 38 grams and is made from a mix of zinc alloy and plastic.

The display is a 1.3-inch IPS touch-screen panel with a 240-by-240-pixel resolution and 65,000 colors.

The internal memory consists of 64KB of RAM, 512KB of flash system storage, and 4MB of additional flash storage.

The watch is powered by a 64MHz ARM Cortex-M4F as part of the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52832 SoC.

Connectivity is achieved using Bluetooth 5.2 and on-board sensors include an accelerometer, PPG heart rate sensor, and vibration actuator.

Power is provided by a 180mAh battery charged via a proprietary 2-pin 5V connector with the other end of the cable being USB Type-A.

Battery life is rated at up to five days.

As this is an open-source device, it doesn't run Android or iOS.

Pine64 opted for the InfiniTime 1.0 firmware, which includes a number of useful apps (stopwatch, music navigation, heart rate monitor, and step counter).

Also, because this is an open-source device, the list of available apps will grow, as will support for interacting with Android and iOS smartphones.

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$26.99.

July 31, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


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