(IFA 2014) Sony Releases the Smartwatch 3 Along With Xperia Z3, Z3 compact
IFA 2014 has come and gone. Samsung’s booth was lit up with plenty of anticipated devices such as their Note 4 and the VR. Apart from Samsung however there is another booth that was not exactly quiet. Sony had their own launch of a slew of devices including their anticipated flagship; the Xperia Z3. They did not however start with the Xperia Z3. Instead they went with the launch of their new smartwatch. Simply dubbed the Smartwatch 3, it is by name the third incarnation of their lines of smartwatches before. The Android Wear device was designed in collaboration with Roxy for a lifestyle appeal, and was quoted to have a battery life of up to 2 days. Considering the performance of other smartwatches in the battery life appartment, it does sound like an appeal. Just like the Xperia flagship line this will also be waterproof with IP68 rating. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset found in this device is cocked to 1.2GHz paired to a 512MB RAM for swift processing just like most of the Android Wear devices out there. Just like any other Android Wear devices you would need to own and use an Android 4.3 at least to pair with it. Its only probable issue is that it did not opt to go for a circular display like the Moto360 and G Watch R.
The smartphone that it was meant to pair with is of course the awaited flagship Xperia Z3. The Xperia Z3 is the follow up to the great Xperia Z2 which plenty loved. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz paired with 3GB of RAM found in this thing will make sure that this is a beast of a device. To keep its graphics smooth and beautiful it sports an Adreno 330 GPU. With the processing power this device has you will want some contents and they can be stored in the 16GB of internal memory it has, if it is not enough it is expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD. It is equipped with 4G LTE as well to complement with the potential speed of the device. Other connectivity comes with standard things you would expect to find in a standard smartphone; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM, and USB 2.0. Battery comes in 3100 size which in practice should last you a whole day of normal use, could be more. Running on Android KitKat 4.4.4 all the hardware in the device comes alive through a 5.2-inches display with 1920 x 1080 Full HD. Just as before this new flagship comes waterproof with IP68 certification. The feature that they emphasise on this phone though is not its blazing speed or its waterproof design. They focused on the camera this time and it shows with the 20.7 MegaPixel(MP) camera found at the back of the device. The 20.7MP sensor is paired with 25mm wide angle lens to solve those ‘fitting into frame’ issues. It is also capable of super low light shoots with ISo12800 capability. The camera also shoots videos at 4K resolution. It is paired with 2.2MP of front facing camera for the occasional ‘selfies’. But out of this, we can say that this device will shoot great photos with the Exmo RS mobile sensor equipped camera. For those PS4 lovers and could not have enough game times, you can pair this device with you PS4 and continue playing anywhere in range of the PS4. Does not sound to shabby does it not?
And then there is the smaller version of the Xperia Z3 simply named the Xperia Z3 Compact. Its spec sheet is almost a direct copy of the bigger Xperia Z3. It fits the same processors and camera in a smaller and more compact body. The only few differences of the two devices are the 2GB RAM paired with the processor and the smaller 4.6-inches HD 1280 x 720 pixels display. It is also IP68 waterproof certified like the bigger sibling. Presumably the price point will be different too. So for less you can get something almost similar to the Xperia Z3, really not a bad thing.
Sources: IFA 2014, Sony