Facebook to launch first smartwatch

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Facebook is working on a smartwatch which is set to be launched in 2022.
  • The device features two detachable cameras and a heart rate monitor.
  • Price is reported to be around $400.

Social media giant Facebook is set to debut its own smartwatch technology next summer.

The smartwatch will feature detachable cameras and a heart rate monitor.

According to inside reports, the two cameras can be removed from the wrist for video and image capturing, with one camera on the front and another at the back.

The front camera is intended for video calling, while a 1080p, auto-focus rear camera is meant for capturing images and videos, but needed to be detached from the stainless steel frame on the wrist.

These videos and images then can be shared across Facebook and its related platforms, including Instagram.

One notable thing about the Facebook smartwatch is that it would not require a connection with a smart phone or any other device for it to fully function. Facebook is now in the works of collaborating with various wireless carriers in the US to support LTE connectivity in the watch itself.

With main competitors in the market – Apple and Google, Facebook’s novel device hopes to be at par in terms of state-of-the-art smartwatch technology, especially that Mark Zuckerberg-led company positions the device as a fitness gadget too, with its heart rate monitor feature.

The watch is said to come in three colors – white, black, and gold. According to unverified reports, Facebook smartwatch will launch second and third generations, as it began working on the other versions, prior to the official release set in 2022.

As for the price, it is said to cost at roughly $400, though the final price is still in the talks.

Interestingly, a smartwatch is not the only device Facebook is planning to launch, as the multi-billion dollar company apparently has more plans in tow to build more consumer devices, contending other tech giants Apple and Google, which largely control Facebook’s consumer reach.

Source: The Verge

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