First non-Samsung Wear OS 3 smartwatch coming from Montblanc

Montblanc may be the first non-Samsung manufacturer to release a smartwatch running Wear OS 3, the latest version of Google’s wrist-operated operating system. Like its previous smartwatches, the Summit 3 is launched with an eye-catching price tag, and its focus is more on being a fashion accessory than pushing the boundaries of what a smartwatch is capable of. It will cost € 1,250 (approximately $ 1,314 USD) when it goes on sale globally on July 15th.

Wear OS 3 is the most significant update to Google’s smartwatch operating system for years, but it’s currently only available on a few Samsung smartwatches: the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which were released last year. This means that we have not yet experienced the software without Samsung’s apps and services put on top. The promised benefits of Wear OS 3 over Wear OS 2 include better battery life, improved loading times and smoother animations.

The back of the two-tone version.
Photo: Montblanc

There is more Wear OS 3 watches on the way, but it is unclear exactly when they will arrive. Google’s upcoming Pixel Watch will run the software, as will future premium Fitbit devices. Updates to existing Wear OS 2 smartwatches from Mobvoi and Fossil are also on the way later this year. A recent tweet from Fossil’s support account suggested that Wear OS 3 could come to its watches in June or July, but the tweet was later deleted and Fossil has not yet issued an official announcement.

Montblanc’s Summit 3 comes with a typical set of smartwatch features. There is support for step tracking, sleep monitoring, blood oxygen measurement and exercise tracking. Google Maps provides directions, Google Pay offers payments, and Google Play is available to download additional apps. The watch is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus processor.

You get two straps with each Summit 3 smartwatch: a leather and a rubber. Available colors on the Summit 3 include silver titanium (with black leather and blue rubber strap), black titanium (with black leather and rubber straps) and a combination of the two with a green leather strap and black rubber strap.

All in all, it looks like a nicely put together smartwatch. It’s just a shame that it costs over twice as much as an Apple Watch Series 7.

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