CES 2015: Sony SmartWatch 3 gets a stainless steel variant, and interchangeable bands

By January 6th, 2015 AT 7:54 PM

Sony has not announced any new smartphone during the CES 2015, but it has unveiled a new stainless steel variant of its existing Android Wear-based smartwatch, the Sony SmartWatch 3. There is no change in the actual hardware of the Sony SmartWatch 3, though its water-resistance rating has been dropped from IP68 to IP58 for the stainless steel variant.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Steel SW3

During the original release of the Sony SmartWatch 3, it was available only in plastic material, without any support for changing the bands. However, Sony has also announced yesterday that the SmartWatch 3 would support interchangeable bands. If you already own a SmartWatch 3, Sony will also be selling a replacement shell, which will allow you to connect any 24mm watch strap of your choice.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Colours SW3

The stainless steel variant of the Sony SmartWatch 3 will be available in stores sometime in February and the replacement shell for the device will be available sometime later. Sony hasn’t announced any particular price tag for their latest smartwatch, but we will keep you updated on the matter. The device would compete with the Motorola Moto 360, the Samsung Gear Live, the Samsung Gear S, the Asus ZenWatch, and the Apple Watch.

Sony SmartWatch 3 24mm Strap Adaptor

Computer science engineer turned technology blogger. Following consumer electronics industry closely from 2006, he can now predict pretty much where the market is heading. He has a dream to own Android, Windows Phone and iOS smartphones all at the same time.

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