Sony is expanding its SmartWatch line with a pair of wearables that serve very different purposes. The SmartWatch 3 is a successor to the SmartWatch 2, but Sony has ditched its own watch software in favor of Android Wear. Fitness fans, meanwhile, may prefer the SmartBand Talk, which doesn’t run Android Wear, but can make phone calls and features an e-paper display for long battery life.
SmartWatch 3: A typical Android Wear watch
The SmartWatch 3 sounds, dare I say it, rather plain as Android Wear watches go. It has a 1.2GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 420 mAh battery, and a 1.6-inch, 320x320 display. It’s IP68 rated for water and dust resistance, and charges with a standard microUSB cable.
The most interesting thing about it—besides the fact that Sony is supporting Android Wear instead of pushing its own proprietary watch technology—is that the display is a “Trasnflective TFT” LCD. This should really help visibility in bright sunlight. The SmartWatch 3 will cost 230 euros when it goes on sale this fall.
SmartBand Talk: For the outdoorsy type
More intriguing is what Sony has done with the Smartband Talk. Much like Smasung’s Gear Fit, the Sony’s band features a small curved module with a curved screen that fits into a fitness band. But unlike the Gear Fit, Sony has opted for an e-paper display, which will make it perfectly visible in bright sunlight.
The e-paper screen should also help make the band energy-efficient, and it’ll need it: With only a 70 mAh battery, Sony says the SmartBand Talk can run for about 3 days. It features an accelerometer and altimeter to track your motion, and is meant to be used with the Lifelog app to measure your daily activity.
In a neat twist, you can actually use it to make phone calls when connected to a phone via Bluetooth. You’ll want to keep the call short, though. With that small battery, talk time is limited to only one hour. The SmartBand Talk will also go on sale this fall for 160 euros.