If you think that Android smartphone manufacturers are bad at providing major new software updates for their (not so) old models (including high-enders), you may want to remember that Wear OS 3 has yet to reach a single smartwatch powered by an earlier version of Google’s platform, more than a year after its first I/O 2021 announcement.
It’s an embarrassing situation, though Google and Samsung are likely to share some of the blame with the likes of Fossil, Mobvoi, Suunto, Skagen, Michael Kors, Casio and Montblanc. For what it’s worth, at least the last company is ready to release a new wearable device
with the ‘latest version of Wear OS by Google’.
Unless Fossil or Mobvoi decide to make similar announcements soon (which is quite possible now, of course), the Montblanc Summit 3 will be the world’s third Wear OS 3-powered timepiece on July 15, after last year’s watch. Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.
Manufactured by someone other than Samsung, the luxury smartwatch also gives us our first chance to see the latest Wear OS iteration in an entirely Google-designed vision without any Tizen influence.
Unfortunately, the Summit 3 in the US will start at a very “Montblancesque” price of $1,290, with an undeniably eye-catching but far from revolutionary design that probably won’t appeal to the masses … due to a small fortune .
An undoubtedly robust titanium case with a large and beautiful crown flanked by two smaller push buttons on the side will be available in three colours, none of which look particularly flashy, but give the smartwatch a touch of sophistication that few other Wear OS devices have. can match.
All three models get a pair of leather and rubber straps to suit both formal and casual occasions, and under the hood the Montblanc Summit 3 unsurprisingly hides a state-of-the-art (at least by Wear OS standards) Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor.
As is often the case with extravagant smartwatches made by traditional fashion designers or non-tech companies in general, many of the key specs and features are secret and will likely remain so until July 15th.
What we do know is that in addition to your heart rate and various physical activities, this thing can monitor your sleep and blood oxygen levels, which is pretty much the least a $1,000+ smartwatch can do these days.
There are no words about ECG technology or other key distinguishing elements between the Summit 3 and, for example, the Fossil Gen 6 lineup, so if you don’t absolutely love that design pictured above (or the Montblanc name on it), you may want to save your money for the Fossil Gen 7, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, or the very first Google Pixel Watch, all of which obviously have to run Wear OS 3 (or higher) out of the box.