While rumors had already indicated that Sony would launch the SmartWatch 3 at IFA, we admit we were pleasantly surprised to see Sony ditch its platform in favor of Android Wear. During our time at IFA, we managed to get a first hands-on look at the device.
The software might be different from past Sony watches, but the basic looks of the watch still follows Sony’s typical style, complete with IP68 waterproofing baked in. Hardware-wise, we are looking at a 1.2GHz Snapdragon, 512MB RAM, a 1.6-inch display, NFC, 4GB storage, GPS and a 420mAh battery. Probably one of the biggest stand-outs, however, is the built-in GPS — a first for Android Wear.
As you’ll see in the video, the SmartWatch 3 on display at IFA is in demo mode, so there’s really not much to see when it comes to software. That said, we do know that the SW3 will have a few custom apps that will allow it to do things like Sony’s Lifelog app for fitness tracking and a remote shutter feature for triggering your camera.
Overall, the SW3 doesn’t really break the mold when it comes to aesthetics, but it’s still a solid looking device with a few cool tricks up its virtual sleeves.