While the Apple Watch may be the new kid on the block, Pebble is now up to its third iteration with the Time. Pebble provided teardown specialists iFixit with an early unit so they can see what makes the Time tick.
The first thing you notice about the Pebble Time is the 144 x 168, 64-color, Gorilla Glass-topped e-paper, which is a far more humble display than the one gracing the Apple Watch. However, by simplifying the display the engineers have managed to squeeze seven days of life from the 150mAh battery.
Inside the Pebble Time is a whole cornucopia of silicon:
- ST Micro STM32F439 180 MHz ARM Cortex-M4-based MCU
- Spansion S29VS128R 16 MB, 65 nm flash storage
- Texas Instruments CC2564B Bluetooth and Dual-Mode Controller
- Lattice iCE40 LP FPGA
- Linear Tech LT3009 Linear Regulator
- Bosch Sensortec 083 TS Accelerometer
- Freescale Xtrinsic MAG3110 3D Digital Magnetometer
- Texas Instruments DRV2603 Motor Driver
The Pebble Time is also waterproof down to 30 meters, but this increased protection hasn't resulted in a device that's near impossible to repair. In fact, iFixit gave the Pebble Time a repairability score of 9 out of 10 (where 10 is the easiest to repair). Some of the factors that contributed to this high score were:
- The standard 22mm band
- The use of standard screws (no proprietary fasteners)
- Modular design
- The front glass and e-paper display are not fused together
- The battery is easily removable
The only downside noted is that the front glass requires heat to remove, and some replacement adhesive for reassembly.