Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony was one of the first to enter the Android wearable game, and today at Asia Mobile Expo in Shanghai it announced the SmartWatch 2.

Sporting a 1.6-inch face at a 220-by-176 resolution (that's about 176 pixels per inch), the SmartWatch 2 can serve as a standalone watch when not connected to a phone. But pair it to a phone and you've got a quick and easy way to glance at notifications, control your music player, take pictures, control presentations, interact with fitness apps — oh, and it can tell time, too. In addition to NFC capability for easier pairing, this latest version boasts a water-resistant design (splash-proof, really — you won't want to wear this thing in the water) and runs for three or four days with normal use, Sony says.

The SmartWatch 2 is compatible with any standard 24mm band, and Sony says it'll have its own custom bands available down the road. It'll be available worldwide in September.

Introducing Sony SmartWatch 2 - the world’s first water-resistant smartwatch with NFC connectivity*

  • A multi-functional message notification device, Android app interface and music remote, all in a sleek and water-resistant design
  • Combines Sony’s technology and design expertise with one-touch connectivity and premium build quality
  • Next-generation Sony SmartWatch offers improved performance, intuitive interface and standalone capability
  • Reaffirms Sony’s leadership in smartwatch and wearable technology segment**

25th June 2013, Mobile Asia Expo, Shanghai – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, the most advanced smartwatch available*.

Sony SmartWatch 2Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second screen for your Android smartphone that, as well as enhancing existing phone functionality, offers unique new benefits. Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one.

Openness with Android

App expandability is key to Sony SmartWatch 2. It can be personalised with more dedicated apps than any other smartwatch* to seamlessly suit your needs, whether you are on the go, keeping active, in business meetings or simply at home. Download a host of SmartWatch apps and experience a range of unique functions - many of which can even be enjoyed without ever needing to reach for your phone:

  • 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
  • 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 and easily adjust the tracks and volume on your music player, without ever taking your phone from your pocket

SmartWatch 2 is also both sleek and reassuringly robust thanks to its water and dust resistant design, giving you the freedom to enjoy it on the beach or simply on the go – come rain or shine.

An increasing market in wearable tech

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. 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 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.

“Competitors are only now launching first generation devices, while we are already launching a 3rd generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony’s wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smartwatch experience.

“The future of wearable devices is incredibly bright with analyst research predicting 41 million ‘smart’ watches will be sold by 2016,” continues Persson. “We have over 200 unique apps dedicated for Sony SmartWatch with over one million downloads to date and we are continuing to work with our strong developer network to deliver ever more compelling smartwatch experiences.”

The best of Sony in a SmartWatch

If you use Android, on either smartphone or tablet, Sony SmartWatch 2 is your ideal smartwatch partner.

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.

SmartWatch 2 introduces new features as a natural successor to the current Sony SmartWatch such as NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing, stunning premium design and a range of technologies including higher resolution for sharper viewing, better visibility even in sunlight, longer battery stamina, more intuitive interface, standalone watch functionality and a wide range of pre-installed and recommended apps.

When not connected to your phone, SmartWatch 2 works as a standalone digital watch. Read previously received notifications, access the time, set your alarm or even use as a light when searching for your keys.

SmartWatch 2 can also be personalised with any standard 24mm wristband and new Sony watchstraps will soon be available for further expression of your personal style.

Using groundbreaking design, Sony continues to introduce new technologies and has the largest range of NFC accessories available from wireless headsets to portable speakers, TVs, SmartTags and SmartWatch.

Key features for Sony SmartWatch 2

  • Screen brightness (sunlight readable)
  • Longest battery life for a smartwatch* (battery level indicator shows low battery warning)
  • Water-resistant (IP57)
  • Easy setup (NFC pairing and connecting)
  • Standalone watch functionality
  • Standard micro USB cable for charging
  • User interface similar to Android UI so it is more intuitive
  • Bigger screen with higher resolution (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels)
  • High quality materials (aluminium body and stainless steel wristband)
  • Extended compatibility (works with most Android phones)
  • Swappable wristbands – personalise with any standard 24mm strap

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 will be available worldwide from September 2013.

* Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics, as of 21st June 2013 the Sony SmartWatch is the world’s first smartwatch with NFC, the most versatile smartwatch, has more apps than any other smartwatch, has the longest battery time for a smartwatch.


** Verified by Strategy Analytics, as of 21st June 2013, Sony is the leader in the smartwatch category.

 

Reader comments

Sony's next-gen SmartWatch adds NFC

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No mention of price yet? How do I know if I can get excited about this or do i need to wait like I waited until the 2nd generation watch was priced right to try? Now I'm hooked and having some "upgrade fever"

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Curious about some things
1. Battery life on this considering. I don't want to charge it every other day
2. The price. If its priced at $50, I would get this in a heartbeat

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I can hope, can't I? But looking at the trend, I doubt it will go beyond 100 dollars. Beyond that they have to justify the price with really impressive features.
And BATTERY LIFE! please let it be mind blowing!

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Generally, Smartwatches made by large manufacturers (not Kickstarter-funded ones, basically) are around $120-250. It would be *awesome* for it to be $50, but that's simply not going to happen (not even the Kickstarter ones are THAT cheap). It seems like "low-tech" if you look at it; but you have to take in consideration that it's a watch, a smart-watch at that. In a world where people spend enough money on watches to purchase vehicles (yeah, quite a few tiers above most of us), $150-200 for this isn't too overpriced.

Did you read the article? Battery life is stated, more than once.....

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Actually, it's not. It boasts 'longer battery life', but gives absolutely no specific numbers. That's just meaningless marketing drivel.

"Runs three to four days with normal use"... so actually it does ... guess someone didn't bother to actually read the article before commenting.

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"Runs three to four days with normal use"... so actually it does ... guess someone didn't bother to actually read the article before commenting.

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Their previous SmartWatch was $150. So I'm thinking at least $200, maybe $250 for this. They also claimed about 3 days battery on their previous watch. It is more like 1 1/2 days of normal use. 1/2 day of heavy use. I have one, and it has many drawbacks. The aluminum bezel, as this new one also has, gets banged up quickly. The OLED display is normally off, to get the battery to last for more than an hour. So you have to press the button or literally hammer on it, to wake it up. My next smartwatch will have an e-ink style, always on, display. The only good thing about this type watch is putting a custom display up and telling your Apple fanboy friends that they can't do this. :)

1/2 day to 1 1/2 days battery life?! Something is wrong with your watch. I get two days battery life with the watch face that stays on and 6-7 days with the watch face that stays off until I double tap it.

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This definitely gets me interested in a smart watch. I would definitely buy this at the right price. If it's less than 100 or even at 100 I would get it. Looks cool and looks like I can wear it to work as it can look sleek and sophisticated. I hope they announce the price soon. I hate it when companies do that. It probably means it's overpriced.

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I understand the appeal of a SmartWatch, and I believe price plays a huge factor in how well these will sell. However, I wonder why they don't borrow some functionality from wearable fitness devices like the FitBit Flex, or the Nike fuelband. If I could have the fitness tracking components alongside the connectivity that a SmartWatch brings with answering calls and texts, I would think it'd be pretty close to a home run.

My thoughts exactly... I keep waiting for somebody to make the device that encompasses both of those aspects.

Definitely in love with the look of it. The Smartwatch 2 looks a lot more classy and professional than the juvenile looking Pebble. I can definitely see myself wearing one of these to work and still looking the part. Keeping my eye on this one.

I would love to see these devices eventually incorporate some kind of transparent display over a physical watch face. Then I would probably be all in.

Is the time always displayed or do I have to tap or push a button every time just to check the time? I can't wear a watch that I need to wake up with a click just for it to do it's job as a watch.

That 2nd pic of the watch with clockface and maybe leather wristband does look nice though. It's slick looking without drawing too much attention to itself.

@Phil Nickinson

Thanks for the post.

the smart watch should have most of the activities like Google glass. Lets how far they will go in smart watch field.

Thanks in Advance

@Phil..... I would love to see a head to head of this Sony smart watch and the Italian made IM watch.... I've always had my eyes on the IM watch. Just have never pulled the trigger... I have always been waiting for that one thing that puts one of these watches over the top and makes me buy one!

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If they price this at $100 I'll buy it, but if higher I'll just get the first one. Right now NFC I'd not that important to me.

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They didn't state whether it would work on all android phones, or on select android phones like their first gen smartwatch. I have a Nexus 4 and I hope it will be compatible my phone, if so I will buy it in a heartbeat providing it gets good reviews.