The former designer at Vertu is giving Meta's new watch a facelift to climb to the top of the smartwatch fashion mountain.
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How bold? Well, judge for yourself. The wrist-strap hinges that split off both ends of the Meta's body aren't like anything out there. While it gives the Meta a pop-out look, the design has a practical end in mind: the Meta should curve to fit a wrist much more snugly than the average large-screened smartwatch. It felt good on my wrist, at least.
The new Meta watch is targeted for a May release, and full pricing and product details have yet to be unveiled. There could be a variety of prices, based on various designs and materials ranging from natural rubber bands to richer leather, and different metals on the watch itself. The Meta's handful of designs that I've seen all run far flashier than the more understated, retro Pebble Steel, which will either float your wearable boat or turn you off. The look has grown on me since I first saw these watches at CES a couple of months ago.
Meta watches will work on both iOS and Android, and promise a simplified Pebble-like feature set aimed at at-a-glance notifications, including fitting multiple feeds of information on a single screen. Weather, upcoming sports games, notifications, and even a pedometer will be onboard, but no touch screen or speakerphone.
I hope to see more soon, because if you like your smartwatches simple, MetaWatch might be on to something.