Sony's IFA plans reportedly leak, including details on SmartWatch 3 and Xperia Z3 CompactAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
LIke many other mobile manufacturers, Sony's got a big event planned for IFA next month. Also like most other manyfacturers, though, Sony's plans appear to have been revealed before the show begins.
The wearables, pictured above, are said to be the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk. First up, the SmartWatch 3 is described as an Android Wear device with a 1.68-inch 320x320 display and IP58 for resistance to dust and water. Meanwhile the SmartBand Talk is said to be a fitness tracker with Bluetooth support and a curved e-ink display.
On the smartphone side of things, we're told to expected an Xperia Z3 with a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a battery that could last up to 2 days on a single charge. The Z3 will reportedly launch as a T-Mobile exclusive, though we've heard that it could land on Sprint as well.
An Xperia Z3 Compact is expected to join the Xperia Z3, packing the same 3GB of RAM and Snapdragon 801 CPU but dropping its display size and resolution to a 4.7-inch 1280x720 screen. An Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is also said to be in the pipeline with 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 801 processor and an 8-inch 1920x1080 display, all packed into a body that's 6.3mm thick.
Rounding out Sony's product announcements is the Xperia E3. The E3 is described as a budget-friendly member of the Xperia family, sporting a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM and a 4.8-inch 1280x720 display. Pricing on the E3 could fall between $200 and $300.
So there's Sony's expected IFA 2014 lineup. It sounds like a pretty wide range of products, with the Xperia Z3 taking the role of flagship. The Xperia Z3 Compact seems like a nice "mini" offering, especially if it's got 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 801 processor, while the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact ought to be a good, smaller compliment to the previous Xperia tablets. Finally, it's good to hear that Sony may be adopting Android Wear for its new smartwatch, especially since we've heard in the past that the company might stick to its own smartwatch software.
What do you think of Sony's IFA products? Is there anything in there that's piqued your interest?