A rendering of how a Facebook Watch might look with the Meta logo on it.

Facebook Watch: News, plus Expected Price, Release Date, Specs, and More Rumors

Meta's launching an Apple Watch competitor with two cameras

Facebook is reportedly developing a smartwatch; likely called the Facebook Watch, or Meta Watch (after Meta Platforms, Facebook's parent company name). According to the little information we've gathered so far, it might have a removable display with curved edges, and two cameras.

When Will the Facebook Watch (Meta Watch) Be Released?

Facebook selling hardware isn't a new idea. The company sold the HTC First phone, Quest VR headset, and Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. But knowing when, exactly, a new device like a watch will appear isn't as easy as it is with other companies like Apple, where you can assume a new one will arrive every 12 months or so.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, there might be three generations of the Facebook watch, each with a different release time frame. According to their source, the company could unveil the first one in 2022.

In January 2022, a patent Facebook filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization was approved that details a "Detachable camera block for a wearable device." You can read through the patent via this PDF hosted by LetsGoDigital.

Release Date Estimate

Summer 2022 sounds like the most likely release date for the first iteration of the Facebook Watch.

Facebook Watch Price Rumors

The social media giant has a massive user base, so it makes sense a Meta- or Facebook-branded smartwatch could take off in sales. But, there are already several competitors in this market, including Apple, Samsung, Google, and Garmin. In 2022 alone, there will likely be a brand-new set of watches from those companies, like the Pixel Watch and Apple Watch 8.

The price is right up there, with features as a deciding factor when users make a purchase. We already suspect privacy will be a considerable concern for potential buyers, so Facebook might offer the watch at a better price than its competitors to pull in more buyers.

Our guess right now is we're looking at a sub-$300 Facebook Watch for 2022. However, we've also seen estimates which put it closer to $400—frankly, nobody knows anything about the price yet.

Pre-Order Information

Most products are open for pre-orders the same day, or shortly after, their official announcement. We'll keep this updated and provide the Facebook Watch pre-order link as soon as we have one.

Facebook Watch Features

With few leaks to go off, we can be pretty confident to assume this watch will have features you'd find in your average smartwatch. These include fitness and sleep tracking, capturing notifications from your phone for easy viewing on your wrist, and contactless payments.

There might also be more advanced tech like skin temperature sensing, heart rate monitoring, and blood sugar detection. But those could be reserved for the Facebook Watch 2 or some other future version of the device.

All of that sounds fine and expected in any modern smartwatch. But given what we know about Facebook, it's doubtful its features will stop there. Referred to by some as a data harvester first, before a social network, Facebook's history of information sharing and, of course, Facebook's data leaks leaves little to the imagination as to why you might be concerned about using a watch from Facebook.

In short, a Facebook Watch is a bad idea for one reason: it's a huge privacy risk. When you consider it might have a camera and will most assuredly have access to your phone (texts, emails, calls, location, etc.), it's pretty clear the problems this could create.

Okay, so data collection and ad targeting aren't usually considered features. Still, they kind of are in this case when you think about the foundational function of most free services like Facebook. A company doesn't become a behemoth as giant as Meta without selling something, and in this case, it's access to information about you, paid for by advertisers. A connected smartwatch adds even more of your data to the trove.

The patent linked above shows the display's ability to rotate. Doing this will let you select a different camera. MySmartPrice remarks, "These will be different lenses – macro lens, a telephoto lens, an optical zoom lens or a wide angle lens. Users will be able to adjust the field of view with multiple cameras."

Facebook Watch Specs and Hardware

Smartwatch display with camera
Smartwatch display with camera.

As described by Gurman, the upcoming Meta Watch will have a front-facing camera. Like any camera, this one will capture selfies and presumably facilitate video calls.

You can already make voice and video calls using Facebook, so it isn't a stretch to think the company will extend this functionality to your wrist. The watch will likely record the captured media directly to your phone, if not a tiny storage device on the watch or in your Facebook account.

According to The Verge, the Facebook watch will have a second 1080p camera on the back for when you're more interested in taking a video of something other than yourself.

Facebook is tapping other companies to create accessories for attaching the camera hub to things like backpacks, according to two people familiar with the project.

We also expect to see some sort of water resistance and mobile connectivity. It'll likely use the Android OS and will, as stated by The Verge, come in white, black, and gold colors. The ability to interface somehow with AR/VR headsets (surely one made by Facebook; maybe the Quest Pro) is also expected.

Designer Sarang Sheth offers this concept for the watch that's based roughly on details from a patent:

Facebook Watch is also the name of the company's video-on-demand service, available at Facebook.com/watch.

The Latest News About the Facebook Watch

You can get more smart and connected life news from Lifewire. Here are rumors and other stories about the upcoming Facebook Watch: