Sony has also announced a new watch of its own, the SmartWatch 2. The Android-powered SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6-inch 220 x 176-pixel transflective LCD display, which is a bit smaller and lower resolution than the Galaxy Gear’s 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 Super AMOLED screen. Sony’s watch also features an aluminum frame and your choice of rubber or stainless steel bands.
Oh, and did we mention you can wear it underwater? That’s right, Sony’s watch, like its Xperia Z1 smartphone, has an IP57 water resistance rating. That means you can keep it strapped to your wrist in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes.
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Sony SmartWatch 2 Specification
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- Works as an NFC watch with all smartphones using Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later
- 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
- Water resistant IP57
- 200 MHz ARM Cortex M3 processor
- Transflective LCD 1.6”
- Materials: aluminium (body) and silicon wristband or metal stainless steel
- Pixels: 220×176
- SmartWatch 2 Host Application
- Call handling (answer, reject, mute, volume handling)
- Call log
- Missed call notification
- Music remote extension/music handling
- New events – aggregator
- Wide range of apps available at Google Play
Design-wise, the Smartwatch 2 has standard Android Home, Menu and Back buttons are present on the watch face directly below the display. They are touch-sensitive, but you’ll need to press the physical standby button to wake the watch from sleep. It prevents it from happening accidentally and conserves the battery by dimming the LED backlight. A microUSB port is hidden behind a removable flap, but you should only need to break out the charger every three or four days to keep juiced up.
The SmartWatch 2 looks set to tap into the growing interest in wearable tech. The trouble is with heavy-hitters like Samsung and maybe even Apple poised to enter this market, this space is about to get very crowded.