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Sony announces Smarwatch 3, powered by Android Wear

In a fairly surprising move, Sony has now announced its first Android Wear device, the Smarwatch 3.
September 3, 2014

We had already heard rumors about the Smartwatch 3, including a report that Sony would end up utilizing Android Wear’s OS. Honestly, we didn’t believe these rumors, for one thing because Sony was never announced as an official Wear partner. As you can see, we were wrong.

The new Smartwatch 3 was announced at IFA today and comes with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, a 1.6-inch screen, Sony’s IP68 waterproofing, 512MB RAM, NFC, 4GB storage, GPS and 420mAh. Yep that’s right, the new Smartwatch is the the first Android Wear device to offer built-in GPS technology! Sony says the watch should get good battery life from its build int 420mAh battery, reportedly giving out 2 days use and 4 days standby.

Sony’s first Android Wear is far from the sexiest looking Android Wear we’ve seen, but it does bring some interesting features to the table like GPS and Sony-class waterproof tech. It’s not 100% clear how much the watch will cost, though we do know it is expected to arrive sometime this fall in black or lime, with strap colors including pink and white. What do you think of the latest Sony smartwatch — like it or not?