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IFA: Sony Smartwatch 3 arrives with Android Wear, standalone functionality

Firm also unveils the Smartband Talk fitness tracker
Wed Sep 03 2014, 16:15

BERLIN: SONY ANNOUNCED the addition of two devices to wearable lineup on Wednesday, the Sony Smartwatch 3 and Smartband talk.

Running Google's wearable-specific Android Wear operating system (OS), the Smartwatch 3 offers significant steps up from the Smartwatch 2, including a higher-resolution 1.6in 320x320 TFT LCD "Transflective" display, which Sony claims helps users see the screen better in bright sunlight, set within a stainless steel back panel.

Sony Smartwatch 3 SW3 launches at IFA

Like most other Sony gadgets, the Smartwatch 3 is of course waterproof, with an IP68 certification rating, and charges via a standard microUSB port. It also has voice recognition functionality. 

Sony has been keen to mention that the Smartwatch 3 doesn't rely on an internet connection in order to function and claims to be "an accessory with impressive standalone functionality" due to its built-in microphone, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and GPS sensor technology means more accurate and powerful "lifelogging." This refers to Sony's Lifelog health tracking application, which Android users can get at the Google Play store.

The Sony Smartwatch 3 also has 4GB of internal storage, meaning users can sync playlists and connect with a Bluetooth headset to listen.

Sony Smartwatch 3 SW3 launches at IFA - hands-on

"You can do this before a run, leaving the smartphone at home and still have great music offline - you can also track that run with GPS and Lifelog," the firm said.

The Sony Smartband Talk is a gadget aimed at fitness fans in the hope that they'll use it to keep track of their runs, walks and workouts. As an update to the original Smartband launched at CES earlier this year, the Smartband Talk allows users to receive calls through the band via the talk function, with HD Voice support.

Sony Smartband Talk in white launches at IFA

The Sony Smartband Talk has a curved, always-on 1.4in e-paper display, which the firm says is not only low power but also "highly visible and clear" so users can monitor Lifelog activity, view notifications and the time at a glance in different environments.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but Sony said that the Smartband Talk and Smartwatch 3 will launch in the UK later this autumn.

Sony also announced the flagship Xperia Z3 and pint-sized Xperia Z3 smartphones during its IFA press conference. µ


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