A leaked Sony render has seemingly revealed an all-new design for the SmartWatch 3 ahead of its official unveiling at IFA 2014 next week. The image also reveals a “SmartBand Talk” wearable with an e-ink display, which is expected to be a new fitness tracker that displays notifications.
The last two Sony SmartWatch devices have looked almost identical to one another, but the third in the series seems to have swapped its metal chassis for an all-plastic form factor. And that’s not the only surprise Sony has in store for us, according to information obtained by 9to5Google.
Contrary to previous reports, the SmartWatch 3 is expected to run Android Wear — not Sony’s own SmartWatch OS. If true, it would undoubtedly give the device a better chance of competing with rivals like the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Other specifications will reportedly include a 1.68-inch display with a 320×320 resolution, and IP58 water-resistance.
As for the SmartBand Talk, it “will feature Bluetooth connectivity and have a curved e-ink display,” according to the report, but no other details are available at this time. Based on its name, its thought the device may provide notifications to its wearer, and possibly even allow users to take calls — much like the Samsung Gear.
The SmartBand Talk is expected to make its debut alongside the SmartWatch 3 at IFA in Berlin, so we should know more about both devices next week. Will you be more interested in the SmartWatch 3 if it runs Android Wear?