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Japanese launch date for SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk revealed

Sony (TYO: 6758) had enthralled us with its unveiling of the newest SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk wearables last IFA 2014. However, despite the announcement of its availability this fall, we were still left wondering as to when exactly we’ll get our hands on one.

Well, the wait is finally over, at least for Japan. Sony finally announces that both wearables are going to be available around the end of November in the country. There are no exact prices revealed yet, but it is estimated that the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk will be available in Japan with an equivalent price of about $230.00 and $165.00 respectively.

Giving a recap on both gadgets’ specs, the SmartWatch 3 will have a 1.6-inch transflective display that has a resolution of 320×320. This new iteration of the SmartWatch will ditch the old proprietary OS developed by Sony in favor of the more generic Android Wear OS. It will also ditch its OS backward compatibility option, and will only be compatible with Android 4.3 and higher. On the other side, the SmartBand Talk has a 1.4-inch 296×128 curved E-ink display, and is primarily designed for voice activated monitoring. It connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, can take as well as receive calls, and can provide interactive notifications using its glare-proof display. Both wearables are compatible with Sony’s Lifelog app, allowing users to keep track of various things while wearing the device.

While Sony’s newest wearables are by no means revolutionary, they are generally considered as a significant step up from its predecessors, at least in terms of overall user convenience. Sony’s decision to use Android Wear OS for the SmartWatch 3 for instance, is a definite plus. The HD voice support and E-ink display features also provide the SmartBand Talk with a significant functionality boost.

Most importantly, the IPX8 and IPX6 certification standards of both devices basically make them weather-proof, so you can use them anytime anywhere.