As hinted last week, Sony has introduced its newest SmartWatch (2) on Monday, touting it as the world's first water-resistant smartwatch with NFC connectivity. It's a second screen for a user's Android smartphone, the company said, serving as an all-in-one multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control.
Privacy advocates can rest assured knowing it doesn't pack a secret camera. What it does feature is an app that remotely controls an Android smartphone's camera. Wearers can also use the gadget to handle all calls with a simple touch, control presentations remotely using Presentation Pal, and access maps on the go. Other apps allow users to read emails when the smartwatch isn't connected to the phone, track fitness activities on the go, adjust the tracks and volume on a connected music player, tablet or smartphone, and more.
"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," the company said. "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 said the SmartWatch 2 is both sleek and "reassuringly robust" thanks to its water and dust resistant design (IP57). It also features NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing to other NFC-enabled devices like wireless headsets, portable speakers, HDTVs and more. The updated watch even has a better screen resolution too, 220 x 176 pixels on a 1.6 inch screen, offering better visibility even in sunlight.
According to the press kit, the SmartWatch 2 features an aluminum body, a stainless steel wristband, and a standard micro USB port for charging. Sony promises the longest battery for a smartwatch -- an on-screen indicator will alert users when the battery level gets too low. It's expected to work on most Android smartphones, and feature a user interface similar to Android, making it more intuitive.
"A typical smartphone user reaches for their phone many times a day to read messages, check the time, view and make social media updates, use their favourite apps, take photos, listen to music and play mobile games," the company said. "SmartWatch 2 addresses this need by offering you a convenient touch screen device so you no longer need to remove your phone from your pocket or bag."
Sony SmartWatch 2 will be available worldwide from September 2013 for an unknown price. The company also plans to release new Sony watchstraps for both models soon, but Sony said the SmartWatch 2 can be personalized with any standard 24 mm wristband.