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Blocks modular smartwatch pre-orders open following successful Kickstarter campaign

by Jacob Kleinman | June 9, 2016June 9, 2016 7:30 pm PST

When Blocks first unveiled its concept for a modular smartwatch, the company blew us away. Modularity has come a long way since then, but we still haven’t seen it really take off with any specific device. That may finally change now that the long-promised wearable is finally ready to go.

The company officially opened up pre-orders on Thursday, though Blocks won’t actually ship until October. The watch also boasts an upgraded design with a round display and a stainless steel frame. You can pre-order one for $330 (plus shipping), which covers the core unit along with four modules of your choosing.

There aren’t a ton of options at the moment, but the company’s offering sounds pretty cool. You can grab a battery module, a heart rate monitor, a GPS unit, a flashlight, a programmable button or special adventure module that packs in sensors for measuring humidity, temperature and pressure.

As for the core smartwatch unit, it features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 400 x 400-pixel resolution and a water-resistant design. Under the hood, there’s a 300mAh battery, a Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a vibration motor and chips for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. It runs a modified version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Overall Blocks sounds pretty sweet and it should get even better as new modules come out down the road. You can take a closer look in the demo video below or hit the source link to pre-order the smartwatch now.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...