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Sony SmartWatch 3 rumoured for IFA without Android Wear: Release date and specs

Chris Martin | Aug. 15, 2014
Sony is thought to be opting against Android Wear for the SmartWatch 3.

Sony SmartWatch 2

The wearable tech market continues to grow and the latest rumour is that Sony will launch the SmartWatch 3 at IFA this September. 

After being one of the first into the smartwatch market, things have been quiet from Sony since the SmartWatch 2 launched last year. However, that's about to change with the rumoured SmartWatch 3.

Sony has scheduled its IFA press conference for 3 September and it is here where it is expected that the SmartWatch 3 will be announced - alongside the Xperia Z3 smartphone. There are some interesting details which have been leaked on Digi-Wo about the device.

Although Android Wear is the new must have system for wearables - now available on the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live - it is thought that the Sony SmartWatch 3 won't use the system. Instead it will run its own system.

The previous SmartWatche models from Sony both run on Android but the interface is thought to be greatly different so it's somewhat unclear what the strategy is here.

On the design front, the SmartWatch 3 will allegedly look pretty similar to the SmartWatch 2 with a square form factor. It will still use a transflective screen but the resolution will be 'significantly' higher.

The last bits of information on the SmartWatch 3 are that it will come with built in Wi-Fi and therefore not require a companion device for a data connection and will support wireless charging like the Motorola Moto 360.

IFA 2014, in Berlin, Germany, is a matter of weeks away so we'll find out more details soon.


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