Sony had made it clear it was about to launch a sequel to its Android SmartWatch, and sure enough, at the Mobile Asia Expo trade show in Shanghai yesterday, the SmartWatch 2 was revealed. Like its predecessor, it’s a companion device to your Android smartphone, and frees you from always having to dig your phone out of a pocket or bag to check for messages, calls or notifications.
While the screen remains the same size at 1.6-inches, the resolution has been increased to 220×176, a definite improvement over the 128×128 pixels of the original. It’s built from aluminium and plastic, while the strap is made from stainless steel, although it can be fitted to any 24mm watch strap.
It connects to your phone using one-touch NFC and Bluetooth 3.0, when it can display everything from SMS, emails, and social networking notifications, to the weather, calendar entries and missed calls. It can also be used to control the music player, and as a remote control for the camera’s shutter release. The SmartWatch 2 will connect to any Android phone or tablet, provided it’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Sony quotes a 7 day battery life for low usage, or between 3 and 4 for regular use.
It’s a stylish little thing, and certainly one of the better looking smart watches available at the moment, although at 9mm thick, it will still look quite large on a small wrist. Sony hasn’t provided any pricing information for the SmartWatch 2, although the first can be had for around £80, so it shouldn’t be too much more. It’s scheduled to go on sale around the world in September.