The newly announced Sony Wena 3 smartband is technically a watch strap with smart functions if anything. So basically it is meant to be attached to an analogue watch and provide it with familiar smartwatch functions. Even more so with this latest model which includes more functions than its predecessor, namely health tracking and NFC capability.
The Sony Wena 3 features a stainless steel body and strap, as well as a long monochrome touch display for messages, notifications and so on. Swimmers and runners will be glad to know that the smartband is water resistant up to 5ATM. It is also available in options which allows you to wear it on its own with leather or rubber straps.
The Wena 3 comes with a heart rate sensor that is capable of detecting blood-oxygen saturation and calculate VO2 Max. Other health features include stress monitoring, step counter, and sleep tracking. All of these and other smart functions are managed by a companion app on your smartphone.
There’s NFC payment capability but is only limited to participating Japanese services at this time. The voice assistant support on the Wena 3 is also limited to Amazon’s Alexa, with no compatibility with other services such as Google Assistant. The smartband’s battery is able to last up to a week on a full charge.
The new Sony Wena 3 smartband will be released in Japan on 27 November 2020. The stainless steel strap-to-analogue variant is priced at JPY35,000 (~RM1,384), the rubber strap version at JPY 24,000 (~RM950), while the leather one is at JPY32,000 (~RM1,265). The product’s availability outside of Japan has not been announced at this time.