Another day and another smartwatch to report on. Today Sony held a special event in New York entitled “Demand Great”. The main purpose of the event was to launch the new Sony Xperia Z3 variant, the Sony Xperia Z3v. What the ‘v’ stands for I hear you ask? Well, it seems to be for Verizon as this will be a Verizon exclusive variant of the Z3. But enough about that. If you want more information then click here to read our more extended report. For now, we have smartwatch business to attend to.
So yes, another day and another smartwatch to report on. In conjunction with the Z3v Sony also used the Demand Great event to let loose its new addition to the smartwatch wars, the Sony SmartWatch 3. Again, similar to the Z3v it was also announced today that the SmartWatch 3 will be available via Verizon sometime this month. So it won’t be long before you can get your hands on it. But the question is, will you want to? The SmartWatch 3 is not actually on-trend at the moment with its non-round face (if you can believe it). Instead, the device offers a much more square shaped look which is in-line with the rumors we started hearing about a couple of months back and finally saw at IFA last month. However, some good news for those who do want Sony’s offering is this will be the first Sony smartwatch that runs on Android Wear. Both the previous incarnations ran on Sony’s own Linux based software and with the conversion over to the more appealing Wear will certainly offer users a better device and more likely offer Sony a lot more sales.
So how much? Well, interestingly the SmartWatch 3 will go on sale via Verizon for $249.99. This is spot-on par with the Moto 360 and as such it will be interesting to see how well it does at this price-point. Want to know what else you get for the money? Well the SmartWatch 3 comes with 512MB RAM and a Quad-Core ARM A7 processor (clocks at 1.2GHz). Features include voice, touch and gesture input. The SmartWatch 3 also comes equipped with all the typical sensors (ambient light sensor, accelerometer, compass, gyro and GPS) as well as Bluetooth, NFC and micro USB. For those concerned after the Moto 360 battery fiasco the Smartwatch 3 comes with a 420mAh battery. So anyone interested? Will Sony be your watch of choice? Or do you still prefer the Motor 360 or waiting on the pricey LG G Watch R? Either way let us know.