It’s pretty safe to say Smartwatches were a big deal this year. While they didn’t quite catch on with consumers, most of the major players like Apple, Google, and Sony are dabbling in the smartwatch field. The Neptune Pine may not be a name you’re familiar with, but their new Kickstarter project is going to change that. Prepare to be amazed by the Neptune Pine smartwatch…

Smartwatches are a cool concept, but none of them have been able to bring anything special to the table in regards to what they actually do. The Neptune Pine Smartwatch does things a little differently, and you won’t even need to carry your smartphone around with you to use it. The Neptune Pine smartwatch is packed full of cool features, but the main one to note is the fact it accepts Micro SIM cards. That’s right, it’s the first smartwatch that doesn’t need to sync to a phone… because it is a phone.neptune.pine.smartwatch-1

While the Galaxy Gear and Pebble allow you to stay in the loop with messaging and alerts, the Neptune Pine really kicks things up a notch as it can  handle most of the functions of your typical Android smartphone. Want to take some pictures? No problem, the Neptune Pine has two of them. Worried it won’t work on your cellular network? It’s possible depending on your local/carrier, but unlikely considering it supports Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Quad-band UMTS/HSPA+/WCDMA. Still don’t believe the hype? Just check out the specs…

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz Dual-Core Processor
  • 2.4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • 320 x 240 QVGA resolution
  • 16GB or 32GB mass storage
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Built-in GPS receiver, with Assisted GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Micro-SIM card slot
  • Accelerometer, 3-axis Gyroscope, Digital compass
  • Speaker & Microphone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Vibration alert
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • LED flash (front & rear)

If that doesn’t impress you, then you just don’t impress easily. In addition to all of the above, the Neptune Pine has support for 48 languages and can run standard Android apps. Needless to say, the other smartwatches don’t hold a candle to the Neptune Pine.neptune.pine.smartwatch-3

The Neptune Pine Smartwatch campaign just got started yesterday, and they’ve already managed to raise around $47,914 of their $100,000(CAD) goal with 32 days left on the clock. When can you get this wonderful piece of technology? Sooner than you’d expect as the first backer units are expected to ship out in January of 2014.neptune.pine.smartwatch-2

The watch will come in two different sizes with 16GB or 32GB of storage, and their Kickstarter price is quite a bit cheaper than you’ll be able to get one at retail. The 16GB Pine will only set you back $199/£118.02 while the 32GB model will run $299/£177.33 which means you’re saving roughly 100-120 bucks off the retail price. If you’re interested in hearing more about the watch or want to pick one up, just hit up the link below to check out the Neptune Pine smartwatch’s Kickstarter page.