Sony launched the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk to bolster its wearable line-up at its press conference on the sidelines of IFA today in Berlin. The wearables will go on sale in autumn this year. Also Read - Android Wear 5.1.1 update rolling out now, brings Wi-Fi support and wrist gesture controlsAlso Read - Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk launched in India for Rs 19,990 and Rs 12,990: Specifications and features
Unlike Sony’s earlier smartwatches, the SmartWatch 3 is based on Google s Android Wear platform that is dedicated for wearable devices. LG, Samsung and Asus have already released smartwatches running on Android Wear and the much awaited Moto 360 is also expected to launch later this week. Also Read - Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk announced in India
The SmartWatch 3 has a 1.6-inch 320×320 pixel LCD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and 420mAh battery. It comes with IP68 waterproof and dustproof certification. The device also has a built-in microphone, accelerometer, compass, Gyro and GPS sensor.
The SmartWatch 3 should sell for 229.99 (approximately Rs 18,200), with an additional watchband priced at 24.99 (approximately Rs 2,000) per band. The LG G Watch retails for Rs 14,999 and the Samsung Gear Live is priced at Rs 15,900. The Asus Zenfone released today is priced at $199 (approx Rs 12,000) making it the cheapest one in the market so far.
The SmartBand Talk, on the other hand, is essentially an upgrade to the SmartBand SWR10. The fitness tracker records various fitness and health-related activities. Unlike its predecessor, the SmartBand Talk will also support call handling and sound control when paired with a smartphone. It features a 1.4-inch e-ink display, a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 processor, 2MB of internal flash memory, a 70mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and microUSB support. The device is also IP68 waterproof and dustproof certified, and is supposed to work with Android devices running on KitKat. The SmartBand Talk will be shipped alongside the Sony Xperia Z3 apart from being sold separately.
In addition to the wearable devices, Sony also launched the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, which is a mini variant of the flagship device, the affordable Xperia E3, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which is being touted as the world s thinnest and lightest waterproof tablet.