By Luke Johnson 29 December 2013 (TrustedReviews)
A Sony SmartWatch 3 release is reportedly on the cards, with the third-generation timepiece tipped to enter the realms of reality in the early part of 2014. Leaked via an FCC product filing, the mooted Sony SmartWatch 3 has been teased as a new wearable product under the model number of SWR10. Suggesting a potentially extensive overhaul on the company’s existing wrist worn gadgets is on the cards, the current Sony SmartWatch 2 boasts the model number SW2. Although the FCC filing has failed to detail specific product specifications, the listing has suggested that the new smartwatch will be a “BT Wrist Notifier.” As well as boasting Bluetooth wireless connectivity options, the new Sony SmartWatch 3 will also reportedly feature NFC capabilities, just like its predecessor. Having only launched in late summer, the Sony SmartWatch 2 has failed to truly grab the attentions of consumers. A direct rival to the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6-inch square display with a disappointingly low 220 x 176 pixel resolution. Unlike the rival Gear, the Sony SmartWatch 2 does not play host to an integrated camera or speaker and microphone combination. Instead, the techy timepiece allows users to receive text and email notifications direct to their wrist. Working in its favour, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is compatible with a range of Android handsets, not just Sony branded devices, a feature that is expected to be transferred across to any new, Sony SmartWatch 3 offering. While there is currently no official word on when a Sony SmartWatch 3 release date will be held, given the product’s FCC filing, it is expected that the device could make a Q1 appearance at either CES 2014 in January or MWC 2014 the following month. A Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 device is also expected for a Q1 unveiling alongside the heavily rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.