Sony got its IFA underway with its wearables today and the SmartBand Talk got the ball rolling in Berlin. When this device leaked this week I speculated that the Talk meant that this fitness tracker could take calls, but that seemed unlikely. As it turns out the SmartBand Talk can in fact take and make calls thanks to the built in microphone and speaker.
We all knew ASUS would be releasing a smartwatch at IFA this week and the company has unveiled it today. The ZenWatch comes with quite a few surprises though, as it is not the affordable wearable solution we thought it would be and it is not the basic take on the smartwatch we thought it would be.
We reported on the weekend that Apple's much anticipate iWatch was finally close to being a reality as the company could launch it alongside the iPhone 6 next week. However, while that is still entirely possible, DigiTimes is reporting today that the device is not ready for launch and will not arrive until 2015.
Ahead of its IFA 2014 event ASUS has confirmed that it is launching a smartwatch and that it will cost under $200. CEO of Asus Jerry Shen said in a Taiwanese media briefing that the device will be called the ZenWatch and it will be launched at IFA this week but will not be rolled out to the market until October. Shen also managed to hint that the wearable will be available across the globe and will not be limited to Asia and emerging markets.
HTC has announced no plans for the IFA trade show this week, but some reports suggest the company will release its first ever wearable smartwatch at the event. However, Chinese leak expert @Upleaks says that HTC will skip IFA and will instead launch its smartwatch later in the month.
Sony has been open about some its IFA line up, while other products from the company have outright leaked. Last week the company issued an image on its website that showed an unknown wearable, which led to speculation that a SmartWatch 3 would land at the Berlin based trade show later in the week. The seems to be the case as Sony will be launching a new version of its wearable, but will also be rolling out another smartwatch product.
A story emerged yesterday that said that Apple would launch its first wearable alongside the iPhone 6 in just over a week's time. We held off on this one because there have been so many twists and turns in the iWatch saga, but the rumour is gathering pace as more sources are found. Indeed, I spoke to my own "guy" in Apple and while he could not or did not want to confirm the iWatch is imminent, he did say the iPhone 6 event has a big surprise in store.
LG officially unveiled the G Watch R a couple of days ago, the company's second smartwatch and one of the first wearable products in its niche to have a round face. On design alone, the G Watch R instantly became one of the most desirable smartwatches (alongside Motorola's also round Moto 360). However, LG did not reveal the release details for the device, and more importantly kept the price quiet too. Several reports today are changing that as the price and availability of the G Watch R has leaked.
LG won't be the only Korean company launching a new smartwatch at IFA next week as Samsung will also be rolling out the Galaxy Gear S (not Solo as we reported yesterday). This wearable is arguably the most elegant Samsung has made so far, while it comes with one added differentiator. As we said yesterday when the Gear S was a mere rumour, it will allow taking and making calls directly on the smartwatch.
Rather than wait until the IFA trade show in Berlin next week, LG has decided to shed some light on its upcoming G Watch R by detailing its specs. This is nothing new for the Korean company as it has been showing off products before their official launch all year. The G Watch R is LG's first round faced wearable and could be the first such smartwatch to hit the market.