Sony has the launched SmartWatch 2, the successor to its SmartWatch, at a price of Rs. 14,990 in the Indian market. The wearable device would be available in October.
The SmartWatch 2 was initially announced in June and Sony had promised that it would be available ‘worldwide’ in September.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 comes with a bigger 1.6-inch screen with higher resolution 220×176 pixels resolution, compared to the 1.3-inch screen 128×128 display on its predecessor. Sony is positioning the watch as a second-screen for your Android smartphones, letting you receive notifications from the phone as well as control its functionality.
SmartWatch 2 makes it possible to access notifications from your wrist such as messages, calls, email, Facebook or Twitter, Calendar, or use it as a remote for your Walkman or other digital media player. The SmartWatch 2 comes with a bunch of pre-installed apps, with an option to load other apps as well.
Other things you can do with the SmartWatch 2 include:
- Take a photo remotely from your SmartWatch, using a smart camera app.
- Control your presentations remotely using Presentation Pal.
- Taking a run or on the bike? 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 adjust the tracks and volume on your music player.
Sony SmartWatch 2 comes with NFC connectivity and can be charged via a standard Micro-USB cable. It is water-resistant (IP57) and users can customise it by using any standard 24mm strap.
The launch comes just after a day of Samsung releasing its own smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, in India for Rs. 22,990. The Galaxy Gear was announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
Sony SmartWatch 2 technical specifications
- Works as an NFC watch with all smartphones using Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later
- Battery time – Low usage 7 days, Normal usage, 3-4 days (Watch always on)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Android release: 4.0 and later
- Charging with micro USB
- Transflective LCD 1.6″, pixels: 220×176
- Languages: English master, Chinese (Trad), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, Polish, Spanish & Swedish.
- Apps/plugins ready-to-go: App recommender, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, MMS, Missed call notification, Calendar notification, Email, Google+, New events – aggregator, Missed call, RSS, Gmail, Viewfinder (remote camera shutter), Phonebook, Music player, Find phone, Call log, Weather, Time, date.