Sony is planning to change the way smartwatch is perceived, if you think of a smartwatch the first thing which comes to mind is the touchscreen display. Sony wants to change this and is coming out with a smartwatch without having a touchscreen display. Sony is using their own crowd funding platform called First Flight to fund the Wena wrist smartwatch (which means Wear Electronics Naturally).
Sony Wena Wrist smartwatch is expected to be sporting a analogue watch face instead of a display and not even an digital display. If you are wondering without a touchscreen display why is it being called a smartwatch, the Wena smartwatch comes with features like integrated NFC chip for mobile payments and can be synced with phone to alert any notifications with the help of vibration and LED lights. It will also be providing activity tracker, the data of which can be seen on an app on your iOS device only at this point of time.
The Wena Smartwatch will be available only in Japan is what we hear, but if the response is good Sony might launch it in the other markets around the world as well. Sony Wena smartwatch will be available in two variants of Silver and Premium Black having Quartz three hands and quartz Chronograph variants in Silver nad Black editions as well. Both the variants will be water resistant, having three hands or dials for hours, minutes and seconds like any typical analogue watch and a Chronograph is included as well. The main chronograph is said to work for 5 years and the three hands will work for three years.
The pricing of the variants is said to start from $287 for the silver edition and and the three hands model will be available at $576 for the black chronograph model, the availability of the smartwatch is said to be from March 2016. It is clear from the images that it will be available in to colors, silver and metallic black, the positioning of the NFC chip is in the buckle of the strap, it is NFC wallet compatible with Felica standards in Japan.