We heard at the Sony Xperia Z3 launch event that Sony would be releasing a stainless steel band for the Smartwatch 3, and this could be it.

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.

Source: XDA.
Via: Android World.
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Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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ge sw2 owner

I would definatly buy one if they offer a stainless steel band, preferably in black…ge

vijay alapati

got my Moto 360 Last night from US (luckily a friend was coming from NY), was very nice but i noticed that there is a bit of glare on the edge of the screen due to bump in the glass


And Sony wonder why they are having issues as a company….always late to the party. This was looking to be cool device if heart monitor is in fact included. But now Microsoft has upped the anti with their smartband at 199. Granted its US only but looks pretty compelling should it get rolled out globally


Hmm, I doubt I would get one but this take it from no way on earth to I can’t justify any more android devices.

Avon Perera

Has there been official confirmation on the inclusion/exclusion of a heart rate sensor for the SW3 yet?

Jason Murray

Sony has said there’s a heart rate monitor, but it wasn’t present in the watch I played with at the launch event.