Sony’s SmartWatch 3 was released just a few months ago, but was quickly overlooked as more stylish Android Wear devices — namely the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and ASUS ZenWatch — started hitting the market. It’s hard to fault consumers for favoring the more stylish designs of Sony’s competitors, despite the fact that the SmartWatch 3 comes with built-in GPS – a feature that only Sony can boast at this early stage in the Android Wear game.
Well, Sony has obviously listened to its critics and this week announced a new version of the SmartWatch 3 that’s constructed out of metal. The flexible rubber/silicone band has been tossed in favor of stainless steel, and the result is a smartwatch that throws off a classier and more expensive vibe.
All of the specs from the original SmartWatch 3 carryover including the 1.6-inch 320x320 display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of internal storage, 420 mAh battery, and IP68 water resistance. But Sony does have one additional trick up its sleeve, which is a new holder that allows you to attach your own 24mm watchbands.
The stainless steel version of the SmartWatch 3 will launch next month, and Sony has yet to give us a price for the device. However, there is no doubt that it will cost more than the standard $249 model (we’d guess $299).