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Sony SmartWatch 2 gets re-announced, coming late September for €199

Sony SmartWatch 2 gets re-announced, coming late September for €199
In the rush of news earlier today, it seems we missed one of the major announcements. Sony (re)announced the SmartWatch 2, which we first saw back in June, but we didn't get much information on it. This time around, we know more of what to expect from the device, including that it will be released in late September and will cost €199.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is, as you could likely guess, the sequel to last year's Sony SmartWatch. The SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6-inch display at 220 x 176 pixels, which is noticeably lower than Samsung's Galaxy Gear at 320x320, although maybe not so bad, given the use cases for the watch. Also, Sony's display is transflective, similar to the Qualcomm Toq, which allows for much better battery life. There are no speakers, microphone, or camera, which limit the functionality, but have the benefits of adding battery life, and allowing for interchangeable wrist straps. Sony is rating the SmartWatch 2 for "3 to 4 days" of battery life with normal usage. And, as you would expect from a Sony device, it has IP57 certification for water resistance. 

As far as functionality, you can pair the SmartWatch 2 via NFC if you have a compatible device; and, you'll get the usual notifications that are basically standard on smartwatches already. Sony has really improved the overall performance of the device, and improved the interface. But, apps are still hit or miss. Sony has worked hard to get more 3rd party development, but none of the apps really turn the device into a true smartwatch, and instead keep it as little more than a second screen for your smartphone. 

There's no word on U.S. pricing or availability, but the SmartWatch 2 is planned for a European release in late September. The standard black silicone strap model will cost €179 (~$236); the stainless steel strap model will be €199 (~$263); and, each of the color silicone straps will be €19 (~$25). It is already listed on Amazon UK for £159.99 (~$250) with a shipping date of September 13th. Electronics tend to be more expensive in Europe, so a $149-199 U.S. price tag isn't out of the question

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:48 9

1. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Eh. I think I would prefer the SmartWatch 2 over the Gear. Though I'm not liking the Sony logo being printed on the front display.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 00:42

9. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Whats the problem with Sony logo?
I think you can't find any better option for it, or maybe you need a Rolex logo on you smart watch??

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:52 1

2. Katrina (Posts: 84; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

im not getting either but if i were to choose one: of course sony smart watch looks better. the samsung gear looks like thishttps://securecdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/608/1861/original.jpg lol

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:53

3. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Not knocking it but I find the itty bitty mini clock amusing on the big smart watch.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:54 5

4. sarb009 (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

If someone really wants a smartwatch i think Galaxy gear is better than sony's watch in terms of specs and functionality and the difference in price is not too much either.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 22:17 2

7. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

galaxy gear is better for self defense.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 00:44

10. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)

bla bla bla!

Fugly design + bad battery life + expensive

nvm, i know u are trolling

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:57 3

5. iushnt (Posts: 2272; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

microphone and speakers for me to talk. Will go for gear

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 01:54

12. SonyPS4 (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 May 2013)

and less than a day batterylife and no waterproof.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 22:12

6. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)

the design is simple yet striking.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 23:15

8. lekeola (banned) (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

I still stick to "emoPulse smile' its b best smart watch/bracelet. pack 256gig memory, NFC. 3 camera. for diff purposes, it function us also base on artificial intelligence algorithm. inbuilt micro sim for 4g communication, work as a stand alone device. omap5 processor. battery last 7 day of full charge. usb 3.0. I. wonder why PA hasn't mention d device.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 00:53

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

That's too costly.

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