Sony leaks Xperia Z3 tablet and smartwatch

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Sony may have accidentally outed a new smartwatch and tablet ahead of the company's product launches at the IFA tradeshow next month.

A picture posted to the Sony enthusiast site XperiaBlog shows a person sitting poolside with what is likely the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, wearing a smartwatch that doesn't quite match the design of Sony's current watches.

The aquatic venue may be an indication that the products will be water resistant, which is a common feature in Sony's phones and tablets.

Sony is joining Asus, Samsung, LG, and others at the IFA event in Berlin to unveil new products. 

The image was spotted on the company's Facebook page and removed shortly after it went live, though not before a quick-thinking reader grabbed a screenshot.

Unfortunately, the watch is unlikely to run Android Wear as Sony has not signed up as an official Google partner, preferring to use its own propitiatory operating system to power its watches.

However, the company demonstrated some tepid interest in Android Wear back in March, saying it would "evaluate opportunities" down the road.

Whether that actually happens could depend on the success of the next wave of Android Wear watches. If the Moto 360, newly discovered round LG watch, and others grab more buyers, Sony may be encouraged to follow suit.

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