While we have seen Sony attempt wearables in the form of fitness bands, it seems that Sony has decided to hop on board the Android Wear smartwatch bandwagon with the SmartWatch 3. Sony has also announced the SmartBand Talk which Sony is calling a “lifelogger” and will come with features such as call handling and voice control from your wrist that makes it feel downright futuristic.
Starting with the SmartWatch 3, this is Sony’s first attempt at a smartwatch that will be powered by Google’s Android Wear platform. The device will run on the latest build of Android Wear, which also means that it puts it squarely in competition with the likes of the LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live, and the Moto 360, just to name a few.
The watch will feature a 1.6-inch 320×320 TFT LCD Transflective display, which apparently works great under bright sunlight, and will also sport a stainless steel back panel, which Sony claims will add a premium feel. However unlike more recent smartwatches, it seems that Sony has decided that maybe the round watch face might not be the way to go. Other than that, the watch will sport an IP68 protection rating and will come with 4GB of storage.
Moving on to the SmartBand Talk, this is a wearable that Sony refers to as a lifelogger and has been “built for users who live life to the fullest.” The device will sport a curved 1.4-inch e-paper display which would no doubt go a long way in terms of conserving battery life. It will also be able to handle calls and comes with voice control that users can use to help execute certain commands on their smartphone.
As expected the SmartBand Talk will also be able to track your daily activity, such as how long or how far you’ve walked, run, or climbed, and will also be IP68 rated meaning that you can probably take it with you to the gym or other places where it could possibly get wet. Both devices can pair with smartphones either using Bluetooth or NFC.
Pricing of the SmartWatch 3 or the SmartBand Talk have yet to be disclosed by as with Sony’s other products, both are expected to be available this autumn.