Sony Smartwatch 3 with new stainless steel wrist strap first look

Sony Smartwatch 3 with new stainless steel wrist strap first look
In the line-up of Android Wear devices, Sony’s Smartwatch 3 has a number of features that its fellow wearables do not have.

On the style side, the Smartwatch 3 may not stand out in a crowd, that is, unless you opt for the newly announced stainless steel edition of the connected timepiece. At CES 2015, Sony announced the new addition to its Smartwatch 3.

Set to go on sale next month, it is amazing the difference a change in the wrist strap can make. Where the already available silicone strap does not endear itself to those who place equal value on form and function, the stainless steel band is certainly worthy of being worn for a night out on the town.

The Smartwatch 3 has its own GPS, NFC, and is the only Android Wear device that is Wi-Fi ready (which will be enabled sometime in the future). Sony has gone to great strides to work with partners to build apps that can be incorporated into the Smartwatch 3, including Golfshot, and iFit, each of which can work as standalone apps without the need for your smartphone to be around.

Pricing has not been officially announced, but we were told by Sony that when the Smartwatch 3 with the stainless steel wrist strap goes on sale, it will most likely retail for $299.99. For those that already bought a Smartwatch 3, it is a good thing the “watch” part can pop out of its strap, meaning you will be able to buy just the steel band if you so choose. Pricing for that as a standalone accessory has not been announced yet.

In addition to this new stainless steel strap, Sony is working on a new hub piece for the Smartwatch 3 what will work with any 24mm strap.

Aside from the new metal, the Smartwatch 3 is unchanged, with a 1.6-inch 320x320 LCD display, 420mAh battery, 4GB of storage, and Bluetooth 4.1. However, the aforementioned GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity arguably put the Smartwatch 3 into a much better standing as Android Wear advances.




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21 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$299 lol. Sony never gets it right.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

$299 isn't really that bad consider how expensive some watch can be. I love you Sony... but no.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Consider what this Smartwatch has in it. It has a 320x320 reflective display that is really great outdoors. It has a ton of features, like IP68, 9 axis accelerometer/gyroscope, compass, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, 512mb of ram, 4gb of storage. Its basically a computer in a watch body. Now they are offering a stainless steel band for an extra $50. That or buy the Smartwatch 3 for $250 with a rubberized band. Still well worth it.

3. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

sony brand anything by sony is quality better than samsung cheap plastic. untill recently using quality on n4 and alpha sony has history from 80s making quality products SONY why compromise SONY like no others

6. MrTzr unregistered

Nothing wrong with Samsung's quality. They have amazing display's, good camera's and innovative technology.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yeah. Most TV still made out of plastic shell. So what's wrong with plastic casing for a phone?

10. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

a phone you carry, some class it as a jewel or a showoff, i like the sturdy feeling and quality of glass copper brass ceramic, tv oems are not pushing boundaries accept bangandoulfson they have glass made tv and custom made by your choice.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Can't argue with you there. Myself carry a Sony Xperia Z2, which is a phone with class. However, in term of tv I wouldn't spend too much money on it since I don't use it too often.

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

My Sony TV is all metal, and it looks really nice.

20. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Yep both of mine 2 wich one do you have? I have the hx920 and hx850

8. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

agree accept plastic cheap skatty and janky

21. MacInTexas

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Except for Sammy dangling Tizen in Google's face so they can get Better Deals. Boycott Sammy. Their first 2 watches Were Tizen! No lost love from me.......

17. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yea sony.. quality.. tell that to glued on powerbuttons and glued on speaker grills...

4. TruthSpeaker unregistered

Is the stainless steel iWatch suggested to be $550? Additional $250 for the apple tax seems about the going rate?

5. TruthSpeaker unregistered

*cough* Muppet tax

12. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

And it's not even as good looking as this Smartwatch 3. I was disappointed when Sony released it with the rubber strap (very bad marketing move) but with the stainless steel build it looks quite a bit more sophisticated and serious than the decidedly toyish Apple Watch.

9. smooth4lyfe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

If I get the black Sony Smartwatch 3, would I be able to swap it out for a stainless steel strap?

11. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

yes you can

13. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

A running watch without a heart rate sensor....... hmmmm

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That, the display quality, and the fact the display is off-center are all that kept me from buying the original. This year's smartwatch wave will hopefully be much better.

19. srgonu

Posts: 508; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Does this have speaker to answer calls like samsung gear 2?. I am sold if it is there. I am enjoying gear 2 but looking for a watch with android wear to support it and also that can connect over WiFi

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