Sony SmartBand Talk hands-on


Sony's SmartBand Talk is the follow-up of the company's SmartBand – a wearable that lacked any type of display and was only meant as a fitness / health tracker. Now, SmartBand Talk combines this with another tech Sony has been experimenting with – the e-paper watch – and brings us a water-resistant fitness band with an e-ink display. Additionally – the “Talk” in SmartBand Talk comes from the fact that the wristband accepts voice commands, so there's that mystery unveiled.

The device's design is pretty clean and straightforward – a rubbery material for the band and a plastic housing for the display. The body's left and right sides house the micro USB charging port, power button, and volume rocker. The band looks solid and its parts are snugly fitted together, which makes sense, as the device is supposed to be water-proof.

The display has a 1.43” diagonal and it helps for following the SmartBand Talk's measurements directly, instead of using your smartphone like you would with the regular SmartBand SWR10. As far as functionality goes – the band tracks steps, calories, sleep cycles, exercise times, and notifies you about calls, messages, or alerts coming to your connected phone.

We've no word on what the pricing of the SmartBand Talk will be for now, but we do know that it will not be launching in the US – not any time soon, at least.


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8 Comments

1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

This year's CES has been very disappointing...

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It can't be exiting every year, but I have to agree with you :/

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Yup it was all about TVs that no one can afford :(

3. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Err. Did I go back in time, or you guys are super late with this. This went on sale since last year, in fact, I'm wearing one right now.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Probably showing it off anyhow at CES to generate buzz or sales. Sometimes stuff there isn't unreleased.

8. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Yes, but phonearena is talking about it like it hasn't been released and it's a new product. That's disappointing for a tech site. This thing was launched at the IFA, it's even on sale in the US.

4. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

i fink wis year be of 64bit proesors and bigest rams,bigest memory,no new sreens and resoliutions

5. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

its sold for few weeks/months in Singapore for 229 SGD........

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