The Sony Smartwatch 3 is Sony’s own take on Android Wear, though there are other smartwatches that beat it on good looks but not on functionality. For those who still prize a rugged smartwatch that looks sleek while maintaining its element resistance, there’s a good deal at Amazon right now. The favorite online retailer has discounted the Sony Smartwatch 3 by 44%, bringing the earlier $299.99 price down to $166.67 for the black version. Sony offers a white version at Amazon that’s even cheaper than the black model: the white Sony Smartwatch 3 costs $159.95 as opposed to the $167 price tag of the black model. The white watch may not be as high in demand as the black watch; it seems as though the black model is offered in so many places that few customers know Sony ever made a white model of the Android Wear smartwatch. The interesting thing is that, even while typing this, the Sony Smartwatch 3 has been discounted by an additional 1% to $165.21 but has an after-Christmas delivery date.
Sony’s Smartwatch 3 comes with standalone GPS and water and dust resistance by way of its rubber wristband that makes the company’s offering stand out in Android Wear. The Sony Smartwatch features traits that are typical of Android Wear smartwatches, such as 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, but has water and dust resistance along with a battery that could provide 2 days of battery life – which is a major “plus” for an Android Wear smartwatch. Sony is heavily committed to water and dust resistance, as even its own Xperia Z line features IP68 water and dust resistance ratings (with the “8” signifying that these devices are practically dustproof, though not waterproof).
While a 44% discount is better than no discount at all, Amazon’s Sony Smartwatch 3 discount pales in comparison to that found on Verizon’s website some time ago that sold out largely because Verizon dropped the price of the watch 60%, from $249.99 at the Google Store down to $99.99 at the carrier’s own site. I’ve been checking the Verizon website for the last week or so to see if Big Red has replaced the Smartwatch 3 stock and looks to sell it again, but no such luck. Even the company’s Smartwatch 2 (priced at $28) and first-generation Smartwatch (priced at around $19.99) have also sold out at Verizon’s website. We’ll keep you updated on whether or not those models return at their sold-out prices.