Sony shows off NFC-enabled, water-resistant SmartWatch 2
Sony has shown off a new entry into the evergrowing connected watch segment in the form for the Sony SmartWatch 2. Unveiled at IFA 2013, the SmartWatch 2 is billed as the first NFC watch that is resistant to water, which could be big for buyers who lead an active lifestyle.
The SmartWatch 2 is designed to work with Android smartphones as an extension of the existing screen and therefore like most smart watches, it serves as a notification center that doesn't require users to remove their smartphone or tablet from their pocket or bag. Apps are available for functions such as handling calls, taking a photo, controlling presentations, and it features integration with Facebook and Twitter for keeping up with the latest happenings in the social media world. Sony claims that its watch has more dedicated apps than any other on the market.
Besides being waterproof, the other big changes from the original Sony Smartwatch come in the form of NFC connectivity, which makes connecting the watch to an NFC capable Android device faster, longer battery life, better visibility in sunlight and a bigger, higher-res screen (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels).
Sony plans to have its SmartWatch 2 hit the market later this month. Pricing information was not announced yet. So far, smart watches have been very hit or miss, so it will be interesting to see how Sony's latest offering performs in a market that is becoming increasingly more competitive.
The video below introduces Sony's SmartWatch 2.