Pebble has a slightly upmarket solution to its basic smartwatches which might be affordable, but have also been accused of being too plasticky. The Pebble Steel comes in both brushed and matte black version and a Gorilla glass cover to add extra rigidity. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky has already confirmed they have something special up their sleeves which they intend to reveal at the CES, and Pebble Steel could well be it.
Also, the Pebble Steel is expected to cost around $240, which if true will make it about a $100 more than the normal plastic versions. The basic waterproofing quality is expected to be retained as well. The smartwatch is likely to hit showrooms by the end of this month.
Update: The Pebble Steel has since been launched. Its priced $249 and comes with metallic buttons and houses a RGB LED light that right now acts as charging indicator. The device can be pre-ordered right away and will start shipping starting Jan 28.