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The Sony FES Watch U smartwatch finally coming to Europe next month

Sony FES Watch U smartwatch coming to Europe fall 2018 (Source: Sony)
Sony FES Watch U (Source: Sony)
Three years since it surfaced as a Kickstarter project and over a year since it became available for purchase in Japan, the Sony FES Watch U finally gets an official introduction in Europe. This "fashion watch" will go on sale in the region mid-September starting at 599 EUR.
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The Sony FES Watch U needed a long time to make it out of Japan, but now this so-called "fashion watch" that features an E-Ink display and an E-Ink band that can be customized as needed is finally ready to take on the European market. Sadly, this original wearable that retails starting below the equivalent of US$500 in Japan is supposed to retail for almost US$700 and up across the old continent.

Although there is not much to say about this smart wearable's functionality, we should highlight the fact that the Sony FES Watch U is a fashion accessory before anything else. This fact has been confirmed when the FES Watch U won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 and Good Design Award of 2017 in Japan.

The Sony FES Watch U is compatible with both Android and iOS handsets, features a rechargeable battery, and has been rated IPX5/7 for protection from water. Until now, this smart wearable was only available in Japan, mainland China, and Hong Kong. The countries that will be added to the list next month are Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and the UK. Sadly, the prices will start at 599 EUR (the equivalent of almost US$700).

What do you think about the value this wearable can provide to European users? Is it worth the aforementioned price? Maybe buying one directly from Japan for a much better price can finally be a good enough excuse to finally make that trip to Godzilla's country, after all.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-08-31 (Update: 2018-08-31)