IFA 2014 is less than a week away, and there will be a lot of high-profile tech announced. Not convinced? Just look at the list of expected launches, which includes high-profile handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G Watch R, and Sony Xperia Z3. Diving into more detail about that last point, Sony is actually expected to launch more than just the Z3 – the Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, and new wearables are reportedly all coming too. And we’re hearing more details about the wearables today, as a report claims that the company will be announcing an Android Wear-powered Sony SmartWatch 3, along with a SmartBand Talk device.
According to sources of 9to5Google allegedly familiar with Sony’s plans for its September 4 IFA press event, the Sony SmartWatch 3 will be the successor to the company’s line of other SmartWatch products. The previous SmartWatch products were running a custom OS based on full Android – but heavily skinned to look closer to the company’s Xperia UI and function more appropriately to a smartwatch – but the company will reportedly opt for the better-suited Android Wear operating system this time around.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 will have a 1.68-inch display with a screen resolution of 320×320, with IP58 certification for water resistance, and is said to look similar to the Samsung Gear 2 Neo as far as design goes. You can see a rendering of it in the below image.
Rounding out Sony’s IFA wearables will supposedly be the SmartBand Talk, as a successor to the health-focused SmartBand line from Sony. This will have a curved e-ink display along with Bluetooth connectivity in order to pair with companion smartphones, but 9to5Google has no further information to report.
If this all pans out like we’re expecting it to, Sony’s IFA event will be quite the busy one. Check back with us on September 4 for in-depth written and video coverage of the new announcements, as we’ll be on-hand in Berlin for the festivities.