The IFA presentation from Sony wouldn’t have been complete without some sort of wearables, and the Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk were on hand to make sure that no one felt hard-done-by with just the announcement of a new tablet and a pair of smartphones.
Now in its fifth generation of smartwatch Sony is jumping ship from its own proprietary software to Google’s new Android Wear operating system for the SmartWatch 3, a smart move (pardon the pun) considering the amount of time and energy that the company will save on software development.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 sports a square display like the LG G Watch with a diagonal measurement of 1,6 inches. It runs on a 1.2GHz quad core processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The IP68 water- and dust proof case also contains an NFC chip, GPS capabilities and a 420mAh battery that’s charged via microUSB.
The SmartBand Talk will use an always-on 1.4-inch e-ink display which, as its name suggests, will allow you to answer phone calls on your smartphone using its built in microphone and speaker. The display can also be used to check notifications from various apps and will integrate in with Sony’s LifeLog journal application to record all of its information. Once again it carries an IP68 rating for keeping out dirt and moisture and includes an altimeter and accelerometer for fitness-tracking purposes.
UPDATE: Sony’s South African representatives have indicated that the Smartwatch 3 and SmartBand Talk will go on sale in South Africa in Q4, 2014.[Source & Images – Sony]