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Ridiculously large Neptune Pine watch up for pre-order, will cost an equally large $350

Read our full Neptune Pine review.

Sick of smart watches that are round, sleek, or good looking? You’ll want the Neptune Pine then, which is absolutely massive, and blessed with a face only a mother could love. The Pine started life as a Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully funded, and the device has just started shipping to backers. This coincides with pre-orders going live for those who missed out on the crowd-funding opportunity.

While we mock its size, the Neptune Pine is actually a bit of a tech marvel. It’s a complete smartphone on your wrist, and can do everything from make and receive calls, or take photos with a front and rear camera, to run regular apps downloaded from the Google Play store. What’s more, to make life easier when using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard, the entire face panel can be removed from the strap.

Related: We tried out the Neptune Pine at CES, read about it here

It’s a crazy device, then, and you’ll have to be prepared to pay a considerable amount if you want to own one. The 16GB version is $350, and if you want to double the internal storage space to 32GB, then you’ll have to pay $450. Just to put those prices into perspective, HTC’s Desire 816 – a 5.5-inch, quad-core smartphone which was also announced this week – costs $300 without a contract.

What about the Neptune Pine’s specs? The screen measures 2.6-inches and has a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, while a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The main camera has 5 megapixels, while the secondary camera has a VGA resolution, and there’s a host of connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

If you decide a watch phone is the way to go, pre-ordering the Pine now should see you receive it before the end of the year. Standalone smart watches have been capturing headlines recently, thanks to Timex’s fitness-focused Ironman One GPS+, and the rumors we could see a watch phone from Samsung, known as the Gear Solo, at the IFA tech show in Berlin next month.

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