Sony is considered to be the pioneer of the smartwatch sector that just added two more wearable gadgets to its lineup. The completely standalone Smartwatch 3, which is the very first Sony’s smart timepiece running Android Wear instead of the company’s own operating system. Interested in further details? Let’s take a closer look at the device.
Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear
Sony’s jumping on the Google’s Android Wear bandwagon may surprise, since back in March the company denied being interested in Android Wear platform and announced that they would continue to invest in development of their own operating system.
Here’s everything we can tell about the Smartwatch 3. The watch houses a 1.6-inch LCD screen with a 320 x 320 pixel resolution that uses “transflective” technology which is said to provide perfect viewing in bright sunlight. The device is powered by a quad-core ARM A7 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz that is paired with 512MB RAM and 4 GB of built-in storage, so you receive pretty decent amount of space for all necessary Android Wear apps. There is also a full package of sensors under the hood, including ambient light sensor, accelerometer, vibration for alerts, compass, gyro, and GPS.
Going deeper in the specs, the SmartWatch 3 received IP68 dust and waterproof rating certification, which means that from now on you can take it with you wherever you go without worrying about the outdoor conditions. In terms of connectivity, Sony equipped the Smartwatch 3 with NFC and Bluetooth. There is also a 420 mAh battery that is said to deliver up to two days of normal use and even four days on standby mode, which if true will definitely be a great advantage over other available on the market Android Wear smartwatches.
What’s more interesting the wearable gadget additionally features a microphone for voice commands. So while using it together with Bluetooth earphones, you can put you phone aside and simply use only the Smartwatch 3.
Speaking of the body design, the SmartWatch 3 is made of steel and goes on sale with a rubber silicon wristband. The band is available in four color options, so you can pick among: traditional black, white, lime and pink. As it comes to pricing, Sony announced that the classic and sport version of the device will be available for something round $300, but if you for some reason opt for pink or white wristband you will additionally have to pay extra $33. Sadly, there is still no word on the gadget’s launch date.