Facebook announced that it’s officially changing its name to ‘Meta’ to reflect the company’s new vision to merge the real and virtual worlds. Following this news, a leaked image of what appears to be Meta’s smartwatch project has surfaced. It’s a glimpse of what the future could look like for the online corporation and will supposedly rival Apple’s smartwatch.
Leaked Images of Meta Smartwatch
Bloomberg was the first to report about the leaked image of the first-generation device. They received it from an app developer who noticed it within Facebook’s new smart sunglasses in collaboration with Ray-Ban. Like the Apple watch, the Meta version has a squared watch face, except with a more distinct curved edge and small lugs on both ends of the detachable straps. One of the unique features others have pointed out is the notch in the screen’s lower bezel that holds a front-facing camera.
What We Know About the Meta Smartwatch So Far
In June 2021, The Verge had already mentioned that the company plans to develop a smartwatch with a front-facing camera, 1080p resolution, and LTE to ensure you’re always connected. Plus, it will include a heart rate monitor and health, fitness, and messaging features. An insider also said Facebook is working with other companies to develop accessories compatible with their camera hub, like backpacks.
Possible Price and Release Date
The smartwatch is rumored to be released in the early summer of 2022 and is expected to cost $400. Meta has declined to comment on the leaked image, and it’s possible that what we’re looking at is just a prototype. However, they are reportedly already working on the second and third generations of the watch.
The Meta smartwatch, along with other futuristic Facebook-developed devices, is part of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to create more consumer products that would rival tech giants like Apple and Google.
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