The above image popped up in a thread at XDA Developers a couple of weeks ago, but escaped wider notice until this week. The poster promises it’s real, but you can make your own mind up about that (there’s a confidential stamp/watermark on it and everything!).
The structure isn’t a huge departure from the other bands Sony’s got up its sleeve for the Smartwatch 3, which allows you to pop the main watch body out and place it into a new band. It appears to be a full circular band with a fastener somewhat typical for that kind of band (although it appears to be inside the band rather than outside), and hopefully it can have its size adjusted to add/remove links. This form probably works well with the Micro USB charging port in the back of the watch.
What’s interesting is the watch face, which appears to have shortcut icons for services like Twitter and Facebook. This is functionality that hasn’t been seen on an Android Wear watch before, and could be something to do with Sony’s default watch face or simply an artist’s impression.
We don’t have any confirmation of a release yet – for either the watch or the stainless steel band, but we have heard that the stainless steel band would command a higher price than the standard AU $49 price.
Will a stainless steel band sway you in the direction of Sony’s new Smartwatch 3? Tell us in the comments.