Sony's attraction towards wearable devices is known. It is the Japanese giant Sony who managed to bring industry's first intelligent watch last year.
However, the first gen smartwatch from Sony was not less than a disaster. In India, Sony sells SmartWatch for Rs.7,990. If you pay a visit to Sony India website, you will notice that SmartWatch is still being promoted as fashionable accessory. It costs as much as a mid-end Android handset in the Indian market.
Since the coming of Google Glass these wearable computing devices have significantly risen to the top. Not only Tim Cook wants to make his dream iWatch , but the makers behind Galaxy S4 are seeking opportunity to launch their intelligent watch this very year.
For the last few days, multiple media reports claimed that Sony could announce a sequel to Smartwatch in late June. Then Sony, somehow, tried to share few details about SmartWatch 2. Today, the company announced next-gen intelligent watch. It's called SmartWatch 2. The watch is similar to its predecessor.
In terms of look and feel factor the Sony SmartWatch 2 is like a regular Xperia smartphone. Even the user interface (UI) has been lifted from Xpera UI. Now Sony has added more connectivity options, for instance, NFC comes standard now.
The watch has a 1.6-inch display, a better looking screen than its predecessor. You can also see a bezel around the edges of the dial. The SmartWatch 2 is IP57 certified that means it is water resistant. Under the display you will see standard home buttons. It can be connected to all Android running smartphones , but iOS connectivity is still not there. The wristband is looking better in terms of quality.
Sony says the SmartWatch will likely to hit worldwide starting September. No price was mentioned during the presentation. Come IFA Berlin, we expect more tech vendors to come up with intelligent watches. Stay tuned to GizBot.