Recap: Sony is taking a special strategy to the smartwatch with the Wena line of watch straps. The Wena, which is available in a model geared toward health customers and a metallic variant, attaches to most conventional watches to allow sensible options resembling NFC funds, health monitoring, and telephone notifications.

Beyond a choose few, competitors within the smartwatch area is not all that strong. On the Android facet, there hasn’t been a lot within the type of innovation, with Android Wear OS beginning to really feel stagnant and with no main new options over the previous few generations of watches. Wear OS’s present model was launched over two years in the past.

Sony, which left the smartwatch scene in 2014 and hadn’t returned, unveiled a brand new option to get sensible options onto your wrist and into your favourite conventional watch.

The new Sona Wena strap is a recent tackle the hybrid smartwatch. The strap connects to your present watch and permits contact-less funds, primary health monitoring capabilities like step rely and distance, and telephone notifications. The strap is available in two completely different kinds – the Wena Wrist Active, a silicone strap for health customers, and the Wena Wrist Pro, a metallic strap with a extra premium feel and appear.

Sony's new Wena Strap turns any watch into a smartwatch

The bands themselves are 20 mm, however are appropriate with any watch with 18, 20, or 22 mm pins so it is more likely to work with most watches. The metallic band will likely be obtainable in silver and black, whereas the silicone strap will likely be black-only. If you do not have a watch face to attach these to, Sony has bought you coated. The firm is releasing 4 non-smart watch faces alongside the Wena.

A US launch date hasn’t been introduced but, however they are going to be coming per Sony. They are at present obtainable within the UK, however they’re dear. The Wena Wrist Pro is £399 (round $510), whereas the energetic is £349 ($450).

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