Montblanc could be the first manufacturer outside of Samsung to release a smartwatch running Wear OS 3, the latest version of Google’s wrist operating system. Like its previous smartwatches, the Summit 3 launches with a stunning price tag and focuses more on being a fashion accessory than pushing the boundaries of what a smartwatch is capable of. It will cost €1,250 (about $1,314 USD) when it goes on sale globally on July 15.
Wear OS 3 is the biggest update to Google’s smartwatch operating system in years, but it’s currently only available on a couple of Samsung smartwatches: the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which launched last year. . That means we’ve yet to experience the software without Samsung’s apps and services overlaid on it. Promised benefits of Wear OS 3 over Wear OS 2 include better battery life, improved charging times, and smoother animations.
There are more Wear OS 3 watches on the way, but it’s unclear exactly when they’ll arrive. Google’s next Pixel Watch will run the software, as will future premium Fitbit devices. Updates for 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 be coming to its watches in June or July, but the tweet was later deleted and Fossil has yet to make 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 workout 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: one leather and one rubber. Available Summit 3 colors include Titanium Silver (with black leather and blue rubber strap), Titanium Black (with black leather and rubber straps), and a combination of the two with a green leather and black rubber strap.
All in all, it looks like a very well put together smartwatch. It’s a shame it costs more than twice as much as an Apple Watch Series 7.