Sony has had their best showing at IFA 2014, with a new range of wearable devices that put Samsung to shame. Aside from the launch of its new Android Wear-powered smartwatch, Sony unveils a SmartBand Talk fitness tracker at the company's pre-event IFA 2014 press conference in Berlin.
The new fitness tracker, Sony SmartBand Talk, is a follow-up to the underwhelming SmartBand. The new model, meanwhile, has a 1.4-inch always-on e-ink display for power conservation and visibility in any lighting. Also, the SmartBand Talk has IP68 waterproofing, and comes in Black and White color options.
Not only the SmartBand Talk acts as a fitness tracker, it can take calls. Yes, you heard that right. When paired with a smartphone using Bluetooth connection, answering can be done by tapping the screen or using a pre-defined gesture. Of course you can make or take phone calls.
As of battery life, Sony says users can expect at least 5 days of battery backup on a single charge. The SmartBand Talk will be launched in October. The device is priced at 159 Euros or about Rs. 12,720.
So far, Sony SmartBand Talk appears to be a funky accessory, all thanks to an e-paper display. Users can also change the colour of the strap depending on their taste and preferences.
Sony's SmartBand Talk is a smart move to take on the likes of Samsung, LG, Garmin, Fitbit, among others. However, the retail price of the fitness band could be an issue. As far as the price and availability is concerned, Sony is yet to reveal the prices, however, SmartBand Talk will be available in select markets later in Autumn 2014.
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