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Leaked Facebook smartwatch image reveals potential Apple Watch Series 8 competitor with a display notch for a camera

The Facebook smartwatch could end up having a display notch for a front-facing camera. (Image source: Bloomberg/Facebook/Meta - edited)
The Facebook smartwatch could end up having a display notch for a front-facing camera. (Image source: Bloomberg/Facebook/Meta - edited)
A Facebook (now Meta) smartwatch image has been leaked, revealing some interesting details about the expected upcoming wearable. The overall design is clearly more akin to the Apple Watch Series than activity trackers such as the Xiaomi Smart Band range. In addition, this Facebook smartwatch comes with a notch at the bottom for a camera.

Facebook, which has just changed its corporate name to Meta Platforms, Inc., has been associated with the development of a smartwatch for some time now. Only recently, there were reports that a Facebook smartwatch would have a detachable case unit and come with camera equipment. An image of a Facebook smartwatch (see below) has now been shared by Bloomberg, and it shows a couple of surprising revelations.

Firstly, the overall look of the smartwatch implies that Facebook/Meta is going after the Apple end of the market. If the smartwatch gets a rumored 2022 release, it could end up facing the Apple Watch Series 8 devices, so it would need one or two extra functions to help it stand out of the crowd and appeal to smartwatch buyers. It’s believed the Facebook smartwatch will get at least a heart-rate tracker, and it should be expected that full WhatsApp support is onboard considering the messenger service is owned by the same company.

Secondly, the smartwatch image shows a notch in the bottom-center of the display that is clearly for a front-facing camera. Combined with the supposed detachable straps, this could turn the Facebook smartwatch into a miniature communication device that is ideal for quick video calls and on-the-go snapshots. Implementing such a feature, regardless of the notch-related brouhaha that will likely go along with it, would certainly help Facebook/Meta Platforms, Inc. make sure its brand-new smartwatch stood out from the increasingly crowded wearable space.

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The alleged Facebook/Meta smartwatch. (Image source: Bloomberg)
The alleged Facebook/Meta smartwatch. (Image source: Bloomberg)

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Bloomberg (subscription required) via MacRumors

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-10-29 (Update: 2021-10-29)