Sony has announced a follow up to its SmartWatch in the form of the SmartWatch 2 which the company is billing as a perfect second screen for your smartphone.
The SmartWatch 2 maintains the essence of the prior model, but adds NFC for one-touch pairing to an Android smartphone; a higher-resolution display with better sunlight visibility; better battery life; an improved user interface; and more pre-installed and recommended apps.
The SmartWatch 2 comes with a 1.6-in., 220 x 176 pixel color LCD display with touch and swipe capabilities. Sony’s device meets IP57 standards for water and dust resistance, so it should be tough enough to treat as a normal watch.
The new SmartWatch 2 sports a new design inspired by the Xperia Z and even sports the smartphone’s cool-looking aluminum power button. Just as before, the watch connects with any Android smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and can show text messages and incoming calls as well as give you Facebook and Twitter updates, show calendar entries and act as a remote for the music player.
The SmartWatch 2 should work with any Android 4.0+ device, and it can run all of the 200+ Sony smartwatch apps from the Play store. When paired, the SmartWatch 2 allows the taking of calls and snapping of photos by a touch of the wrist. And it can also be paired with a music player to adjust volume and select tracks.
Sony’s head of companion products, Stefan Persson, said that Sony introduced its first Bluetooth watch in 2007. “Competitors are only now launching first-generation devices, while we are already launching a 3rd generation devices with the insight gained from over half a million customers, combined with Sony’s wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smartphone experience,” he said.
Other notable features of the smart watch include remote control of presentations using the Presentation Pal app or take a photo remotely via the smart camera application.
Check out the Sony SmartWatch 2 promo below:
The Sony SmartWatch 2 will be available worldwide from September, this year with a wide variety of standard 24mm wristbands as well as new Sony watchstraps. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.