Neptune Duo flips the whole smartwatch concept around

Neptune HubOK. Smartwatches are usually an extension of the phone in your pocket, right? That’s the accepted convention – up until you meet the Neptune Duo, that is.

You see, the Neptune Duo is actually a fully wearable smartphone with a secondary display you can shove in your pocket.

Neptune Duo comes in two parts (who’da thunk it, huh?) – The Hub, which is the device you wear on your wrist that runs Android Lollipop to make and receive calls, and the Pocket which is a 5-inch touch display that connects to the Hub, allowing you to view and interact with apps and content as well as being better to watch video on and flick through snaps, no doubt.

This isn’t just a case of flipping things around for the sake of it either. You see, the thinking behind the design is that the Hub will be less likely to be misplaced than a traditional smartphone, meaning your primary mode of communication and the information you store on it is safer. Also, just spare a moment for all of those dropped and smashed phones.

Neptune DuoThe Hub has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, a quad-core processor, 64GB of storage, supports 3G and 4G networks and runs off a 1,000mAh battery. Like most wearables, it’ll also track your health and fitness stats

The Pocket screen combines an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing shooter with a 720p display. It’s also able to charge the Hub. When combined, the creators, promise

users should get a few days of normal usage from a single charge”

Those specs are pretty good and should help the Neptune Duo set itself apart from the current crop of smartwatches.

The Duo begins shipping late this year to see if customers find the idea as intuitive as the company hopes.

If you dig this way of thinking then you can reserve one now, paying nothing upfront and then taking a $798 hit when it arrives — or pledge $199 now and pay $399 later, saving $200 in the process.

Colour me intrigued. What say you?

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