With the primary goal of eventually dethroning Apple from leading the smartwatch segment, Facebook plans to develop a new dual-camera smartwatch. The social media giant plans to unveil the device next summer, according to sources involved in the project. Facebook also aims to make the device-independent so that users can use it without their smartphones.
The report comes from The Verge, as he recently interacted with people who are working on the project. So according to the report, Facebook’s smartwatch will feature two cameras and the display module will be able to detach from the band to allow people to capture images and videos on the go.
Facebook Smart Watch with Dual Cameras
There will be a camera sensor on the front that will be used primarily for video calls. The main camera with autofocus support will be on the back of the module and will allow users to capture high-resolution images and videos without their smartphones.
Additionally, according to the report, Facebook is encouraging third-party manufacturers to develop accessories for the device that allows users to attach it to their clothing or backpacks.
The social media giant is reportedly working with some of the top wireless service providers in the US to enable LTE support for its next smartwatch. In this way, users will be able to use the Facebook smartwatch without having it paired with their smartphones.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, with the launch of the next smartwatch, Facebook is aiming to close the horns with Apple in terms of smartwatch sales. Initially, however, the company expects to sell a six-figure volume, which is about a small part compared to Apple’s market share in that segment.
However, in the future, Facebook says that future versions of its smartwatch will play a key role in its AR / VR ecosystem. According to the company, users will be able to use the smartwatch as the primary input device for the company’s augmented reality headsets.
According to The Verge, Facebook will launch the device sometime during the summer of 2022 and it will come in three color options: black, gold, and white. This is in line with previous reports, which indicated that Facebook is aiming to launch a smartwatch next summer.
Although previous reports claimed that it will be a fitness-focused watch, I don’t think they will be able to accommodate many sensors along with a dual-camera set up in such a compact device as a smartwatch. However, we will know more about the device as we get closer to its possible launch next year. So stay tuned for more updates on this story.