IFA 2014: Sony announces SmartWatch 3 powered by Android Wear

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony surprised more than one today when it unveiled its latest smartwatch. Despite saying that it had no plans to use Android Wear only months ago, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is indeed powered by the new Android extension for wearable devices. It’s not clear what led to Sony changing its mind but the new partnership matched “Sony’s leadership in smart, wearable products with Google’s software and platform expertise to create a unique wearable experience founded on both hardware and software innovation.”

With GPS onboard, the Sony SmartWatch 3 will be able to take advantage of new Android Wear functionality focused around that new feature. Just yesterday we learned that this is one of many updates coming to Android Wear by the end of the year.

Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core
  • Operating system: Google Android Wear
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 1.6-inch (320×320) LCD Transflective
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Internal storage: 4GB
  • External storage: None
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: Micro-USB
  • Sensors: Ambient light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
  • Battery: 420mAh
  • Weight: 45 grams
  • Colours: Black, Yellow with optional Pink and White straps
  • Other: Dust and waterproof (IP68 rated)

As for launch details, Sony said today that the Sony SmartWatch will launch in October and will sell for €230 (about CA$330). Let’s hope that the North American price comes in below that!

Sony SmartWatch 3

Source : Sony Mobile Communications