Sony was one of the first companies to invest in wearable tech as they released their first SmartWatch back in 2012, then a successor came in 2013 with an improved screen and it was IP57 certified making it water resistant. Both of this devices used a modified version of the Android operating system and both were compatible with a lot of Android smartphones, unlike some of the Samsung smartwatches that only work with a few phones made by them. Then Android Wear, the dedicated version designed specifically for wearable devices was announced last year and a few months later Sony announced the SmartWatch 3 using this new version of the OS.
Besides the benefits this new platform brought, Sony designed this device as a core unit that would be compatible with some proprietary straps. The unit is now IP68 certified, so it is now waterproof. It now sports a quad-core processor at 1.2 GHz with 512 MB of RAM, the display measures 1.6 inches and its resolution is 320 x 320 pixels, that turn out to an acceptable 234 ppi density. It even includes Wi-Fi and GPS sensors to take advantage of the latest features carried by the latest Android Wear 5.1.1 update.
When the device launched with very colorful silicone straps it failed to impress as its looks were not on par with some of the other competing devices. At this year’s CES event, Sony announced a stainless steel strap which really helped to make the watch look like more of a premium device and one inspired by classic timepieces. So users who bought the watch back then could just buy the new strap with model number SWR510 and benefit from the better materials creating an elegant and sophisticated look. The company also announced a “holder” kit for the core unit that would make it compatible with any 24 mm watch strap, so users could create their own personal look with the material of their choice. Now, users in Europe can actually buy the stainless steel wristband as it is in stock. It costs £54.99 in the UK and â‚¬69.00 in some other European countries. Although, there is currently no word on the holder kit or availability in other regions.