Sony may unveil SmartWatch 3 at IFA, device won’t run on Android Wear

Saqib Shah
August 14, 2014

Aside from rumours regarding the possible appearance of the Xperia Z3, it is now being claimed that Sony will unveil its latest smartwatch at IFA too.

Digi-Wo claims that Sony won’t go the way of LG, Motorola and Samsung by making the SmartWatch 3 an Android Wear device. Instead, it is thought that the Japanese manufacturer will stick to the same OS featured on previous versions of the wearable.

In terms of specs, it is rumoured that the Sony SmartWatch 3 will have a transflective screen – offering better visibility in low light – built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to work independently of a smartphone.

If other reports turn out to be true, Samsung could steal Sony’s limelight by launching its newest smartwatch; the Gear Solo, at the event. The Gear Solo is also rumoured to be an independent device with a SIM card slot, essentially making it a phone on your wrist.

Seeing as Sony hasn’t confirmed the rumours, we don’t know whether the SmartWatch 3 will offer similar capabilities.

The new report does state that the SmartWatch 3 will go the way of the upcoming Moto 360 by supporting wireless charging. The device is also thought to be water and dust-proof.

The upcoming IFA expo in Berlin will play host to a range of device launches. Among the headliners are the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Nokia Lumia 730.

IFA will take place from 5-10 September. Stay tuned to What Mobile for all the latest updates from the event.


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Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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