The invasion, or perceived invasion, of the smart watch is one of this year’s polarizing tech topics. While some feel it is a worthless item that is nothing but a passing fad, I am of the mind that the tiny wrist devices have a future, though a niche one. Sony is all-in for this market and today announces its SmartWatch 2 with new features.
The watch runs Android and acts as a second screen for your phone and promises customers a range of functions that will banish the need to remove your phone from your pocket.
Of more importance to athletes and outdoor types, the new version is water-resistant, though Sony mentions nothing of a depth rating, which is a bit odd. On this the company is dropping the ball — divers, triathletes and the like want this information.
SmartWatch 2 also boasts the fact that it is the first such device to come with NFC. Other specs include a standard micro USB cable for charging, standalone watch functionality, a battery level indicator that shows low battery warning, a 1.6 inch, 220 by 176 pixel screen and swappable wristbands.
Sony promises “it’s easy and convenient to access notifications from your wrist such as messages, calls, email, Facebook, Twitter, Calendar, or use it as a remote for your Walkman or other digital media player. This wireless accessory is ideal for pairing with large-screen devices, such as the newly announced Xperia Z Ultra, in situations which call for discrete usage”.
Sony has been in this market longer than most — “Sony is the proud leader in the smartwatch market since introducing our first Bluetooth watch in 2007” says Stefan K Persson, Head of Companion Products at Sony Mobile Communications.
The company has yet to reveal price and availability dates at this point, so you will not be able scoop one up just yet.