To say that tech and gadget geeks are all excited about the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin has to be one of the understatements of the year. There are a lot of expected new devices to be launched this year and Japanese OEM Sony is no exception. Souces are saying they will be announcing not just one but two new wearables at their press event on September 4 and both of them will be powered by the Android Wear platform: the Smartwatch 3 and the Smartband Talk.
The third generation Smartwatch 3 is the first Sony device that will be running on Android Wear, although the previous Sony Smartwatch 2 did run on a heavily skinned Android platform. What we know so far about the new wearable is that it will have a 1.68-inch 320x320 display and it is rumoured that it will look like Samsung’s Neo Gear 2, at least design-wise. It will also be IP58 certified, meaning it is dust-resistant and will be able to survive in 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Smartband Talk is the upgraded version of the previous Sony fitness tracker, the SmartBand (SWR10). The new device will now have Bluetooth connectivity and an e-ink curved display, as compared to the LED display of the previous SmartBand (SWR10). Again, there isn’t much known about the Smartband Talk as of now, but we only have to wait for a few more days to find out all the details.
Aside from the two wearables, Sony is also expected to announce on September 4 their three new smartphones, including the Sony Xperia Z3 and the rumoured waterproof tablet, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. They will of course be facing strict competition from most OEMs who will be launching their own devices as well, including Samsung and Apple.
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