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Sony to debut Smartwatch 3 and new SmartBand at IFA

A new leak reveals Sony will unveil a new Smartwatch at IFA this week, alongside the successor to the SmartBand fitness device.
September 1, 2014

IFA is almost here, with the first press events scheduled for September 3rd. While Sony’s event doesn’t actually happen until the 4th, we have a few new details about what to expect outside of the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact. First up, a new report “from sources familiar with Sony’s plans” claims both the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk will debut at IFA. There’s also a relatively blurry render of the wearables.

The SW3 is reportedly equipped with a 1.68-inch display with a 320 x 320 resolution, IP58 certification, and a design that is very reminiscent of the Gear 2 Neo. One curious part about this latest rumor is that the watch will supposedly ditch Sony’s established watch ecosystem in favor of Android Wear.

While that makes sense to a degree, let’s remember that Sony has not be announced as an Android Wear partner. In other words, unless the partnership was reached in secret for some reason — the watch will likely not feature Android Wear and will offer its own software and ecosystem of apps.


As for the SmartBand Talk, the new band is said to be the successor to the not-so-popular SmartBand that was introduced earlier this year. The new tracker will be more than just a faceless band, adding a curved e-ink display that will likely bring notifications and other smartwatch-like functionality to the device.

So what else will we see from Sony at IFA? A recent report also suggests that Sony will introduce a new budget device, the Xperia E3. The low-end device is expected to retail between $200 and $300, offering a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM and a 4.8-inch 720p display. Unfortunately, the device will not include Sony’s signature waterproofing tech.

What are you most excited to see from Sony this week? Are you holding out hope that Sony’s new watch does offer AW or do you think it’s unlikely?