Last June Sony unveiled their latest wearable device which is designed to enhance the features of an Android smartphone. The company announced the SmartWatch 2 at Mobile Asia Expo 2013 held in Shanghai. The device acts as a second screen to a smartphone as well as offering additional benefits such as allowing users to answer incoming calls, read email and texts, take photos, etc.
This September the Sony SmartWatch 2 is now available at several European markets. Sony Mobile Store UK is listing the model that comes with a rubber wristband at £149.99 while the one that comes with a metal wristband is priced at £169.99. In Germany the rubber wristband model is priced at €179 while in France it costs €189. The metal wristband model is priced at €199 in all regions.
Sony has also released a dedicated app designed to work with the SmartWatch 2 which can now be downloaded over at the Google Play Store. The app allows owners of the wearable device to easily manage how the smartphone interacts with the smartwatch.
Sony SmartWatch 2 Features
- Handle your calls by a simple touch of your wrist
- Take a photo remotely from your SmartWatch, using a smart camera app
- Control your presentations remotely using Presentation Pal
- Select a mapping app on SmartWatch to check your route with a quick glance at your wrist
- Read previously downloaded e-mails when not connected to your phone
- Use lifestyle apps like Runtastic to map and instantly track your fitness activities on the go
- Quickly and easily adjust the tracks and volume on your music player, without ever taking your phone from your pocket
Sony SmartWatch 2 Technical Specifications
- Battery time low usage: 7 days (watch always on)
- Battery time normal usage: 3-4 days(watch always on)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Android release: 4.0 and later
- Charging with micro USB
- Water resistant IP57
- Transflective LCD 1.6”
- Pixels: 220×176
- Materials: aluminum (body) and metal stainless steel wrist band
One advantage that the SmartWatch 2 has over the Samsung Galaxy Gear is that it works with almost any Android smartphone aside from the Sony brands. The Galaxy Gear on the other hand works with the Galaxy Note 3 with support for other Samsung Galaxy devices coming soon.
via sony uk