The Android Wear section of the Google Play Store is starting to look a little crowded. When Google launched its platform for wearables earlier this year there were only two Android Wear watches: the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.
Now there are 6… including two new models that launched this week.
As its name suggests, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s third wristwatch which can pair with your phone to display notifications on your wrist.
But this $250 watch is the company’s first to run Google’s Android Wear software. It’s also the first Android Wear watch from any company to include built-in GPS which lets you use maps even when you leave your phone at home.
The SmartWatch 3 has a 1.6 inch, 320 x 320 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, Bluetooth 4.1, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 420mAh battery and the watch has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating.
The $200 Asus ZenWatch is a slightly more affordable option which has a 1.63 inch, 320 x 320 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. This model has a 1.4Wh battery (Asus doesn’t give us a mAh number).
It has an IP55 water resistance rating.
Asus hopes its watch manages to stand out thanks to its curved glass design, stitched-leather wrist strap, and custom watch faces and features including cover-to-mute and remote camera, and presentation control apps.