Sony Shows It Has Smarts with New SmartWatch and SmartBand

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Sony announced a pair of wearable devices at the IFA trade show in Berlin this week, including an Android-powered smartwatch and a souped-up fitness bracelet dubbed the SmartBand Talk, both of which will be available this fall.

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony SmartWatch 3

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the company’s fourth-generation smartwatch, but the first to run the Android Wear operating system. The device features display specs similar to the competition, including a 1.63-inch LCD screen with 320 x 320 resolution, and it sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM A7 processor under the hood. The device also comes equipped with 4 GB of internal storage and a GPS sensor.

Because it runs Android Wear, the SmartWatch 3 is compatible with any device running Android 4.3 or later, not just Sony’s Xperia smartphones. The device has an IP65/68 rating, meaning it’s fully waterproof.

Sony’s other new wearable device falls somewhere between a fitness band and a smartwatch. The SmartBand Talk essentially adds a 1.4-inch, always-on eInk display and talk capabilities to Sony’s already-existing SmartBand fitness tracker.

Sony SmartBand Talk

Sony SmartBand Talk

The device runs on an ARM cortex-M4 32-bit processor and has 2 MB of flash memory. Sony’s Core sensor meets just about all the traditional fitness tracking needs, while an embedded microphone and loudspeaker allows users to make and answer phone calls when connected to a device running Android 4.4. The SmartBand connects via Bluetooth and can be paired via NFC.

Both wearable devices will be available sometime this fall. The SmartWatch 3 will be priced around $250 while the SmartBand Talk comes in around $210.

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