Facebook Watch: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

An Apple Watch competitor with two cameras

Rumored Facebook Watch
Rumored Facebook Watch.

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

When Will the Facebook Watch Be Released?

Facebook selling hardware isn't a new idea. There has been the HTC First phone, Oculus 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 just 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 its own release time frame. The first one, according to their source, could be unveiled in 2022.

Lifewire's Release Date Estimate

Sometime in 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 Facebook-branded smart watch could take off in sales. But, there are already several companies that they must compete with 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.

Price is right up there with features as a deciding factor when users make a purchase. We already suspect privacy will be a huge 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, the only features we can be fairly confident to assume are in this watch are ones you'd find in your average smart watch. This includes fitness and sleep tracking, capturing notifications from your phone for easy viewing on your wrist, and contactless payments.

There might also be some 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 smart watch. 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 the smart watch 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, but they kind of are in this case, when you consider the foundational function of most free services like Facebook. A company doesn't become a behemoth as large as Meta without selling something, and in this case, it's access to information about you, paid for by advertisers. A connected smart watch adds even more of your data to the trove.

Facebook Watch Specs and Hardware

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

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

According to The Verge, the Facebook watch will actually have a second 1080p camera on the back for when you're more interested in taking 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 LTE connectivity. It'll likely use the Android OS and will, as stated by The Verge, come in white, black, and gold colors.

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

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