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Sony SmartWatch 3 and E-Ink SmartBand Talk land at IFA

Sony SmartWatch 3 and E-Ink SmartBand Talk land at IFA

Sony has announced two new wearables: its first smartwatch to run Google's watch OS that goes toe to toe with LG and Motorola's offerings and a new version of its SmartBand with an E-Ink screen.

Check out our video hands-ons with the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk below

The SmartWatch 3 is powered by the Android Wear OS that the search giant developed specifically for wearable technology and offers access to an impressive arry of apps.

Sony's 1.5-inch LCD screen-toting gadget also provides a notably more seamless connection to Android phones than earlier Sony smartwatches and offers Google Now-style personal assistant functionality.

This means it learns your habits and harnesses location-tracking and weather-monitoring technology to serve up notifications of upcoming meetings and flights.

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4GB of storage is built-in into its waterproof and dust-tight case and there's a Walkman music app that pairs with Bluetooth headphones for wireless music streaming, plus dedicated apps for tracking steps and runs.

And completing the package is the ability to use the SmartWatch 3 to control a TV or as a remote for a camera.

More focused on wellbeing, the SmartBand Talk features a silicon strap and metal clasp that means it isn't much of a departure from Sony's current fitness band if you're looking at it from the back. But it's all change on the front.

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The biggest addition is a 1.4-inch E-Ink display, which is a low-power equivalent of an LCD screen, and will serve up info such as steps taken and the music you've been enjoying.

You can also make and take calls from a connected mobile phone, with the option to answer simply by clicking your fingers if that's what floats your boat.

Voice commands are now possible too and new sensors are onboard, such as an accelerometer and an altimeter, so you can track the steps you take when you're walking upstairs.

The SmartWatch 3 will be out in autumn and will set you back 229 Euros. Want the SmartBand Talk? That'll be 150 Euros.

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