Sony ready to launch Android smartwatch


TAIPEI–Sony Mobile said Tuesday that its new SmartWatch 3 will be available on the local market soon, as the Japanese company is set to introduce for the first time in Taiwan a wearable device that runs on Google Inc.’s Android Wear operating system.

The SmartWatch 3 is expected to hit local stores in mid December, carrying a price tag of NT$8,990 (US$290).

The waterproof accessory features a 1.6-inch display with 320 x 320 pixels, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 420mAh battery that allows up to two days of normal use.

The SmartWatch 3 will vibrate to alert the wearer to specific information such as weather updates, messages and calendar reminders, according to Sony Mobile.

The watch is equipped with Android Wear, a version of Google’s popular Android operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. The Internet search giant launched the new OS version in March this year and has been working with several hardware manufacturers and chipmakers on the production of devices based on Android Wear.

In October last year, Sony Mobile launched its SmartWatch 2, which uses near field communication to interact with Android smartphones.

Since the launch of that smart watch version, more than 10,000 units have been sold in Taiwan, giving the company about a 50 percent share of Taiwan’s combined smartwatch and smartband market, said Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile’s Taiwan branch.

��We expect to maintain our leading position (in Taiwan) with the launch of the SmartWatch 3,�� Lin said at a press briefing.

The Japanese handset maker on Tuesday also released another new wearable device, the SmartBand Talk, a wrist band with a curved display and voice capability that will go on sale in Taiwan at NT$5,990.