Looking to compete in the slowly burgeoning smart watch market, Sony took the wraps off of its Android-based SmartWatch 2 in Shanghai at the Mobile Asia Expo today, giving users a second screen from which to manage their emails, texts, calls, and more.
Though Sony neglected to specify which handsets and/or which versions of Android the SmartWatch 2 would work with, the company did say that it had “expanded compatibility” and that it would work with most Android phones (likely Android 4.0 and up, given the type of Bluetooth connectivity it uses). The watch sports a 1.6-inch, 220 x 176 display and much like Sony’s flagship Xperia Z, the SmartWatch 2 will be both water and dust resistant.
Aside from allowing users to answer calls, read messages, and take photos, the SmartWatch 2 also features Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, and a pack-in stainless steel wrist strap. As for the battery life, the wearable device is expected to top out around four days with moderate usage, but light users can supposedly squeeze about a week out of a single charge.
No news yet on how the SmartWatch 2 will be priced or when exactly it will be coming out, but Sony has given the device a general release window of sometime in September of this year.