The Sony SmartWatch 3, first introduced during the IFA trade show in Berlin, is now available for purchase from the Google Play Store. The device first hit Google’s online market back in October, but until today had simply said “coming soon.” It’s listed for $249 and Google promises it will leave the warehouse within 1-2 business days.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 stands out against the competition for two reasons. First, it’s one of the only current Android Wear devices with its own built-in GPS chip. That means you can take advantage of Google’s latest Android Wear release, which will use that chip to help track your distance, route and more during a run. Other Android Wear products support similar functionality, but only when linked up with a smartphone over Bluetooth. Second, it’s IP68 rated for resistance against water and dust, which means it can dive a bit deeper (up to 2 meters) under water, versus the IP67 rating on most other Android Wear devices. Otherwise, the offering is pretty similar to what you’ll find on competing wearables, including a 1.6-inch 320 x 320-pixel display, a 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor, 4GB of storage and a 420mAh battery.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is probably a pretty solid bet if you want to enter Google’s wearable ecosystem but want a device with a bit more of a focus on an active lifestyle. Hit the source to order yours now.