Fresh off an impressive showing of the PlayStation 4 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony unveiled the SmartWatch 2 Tuesday at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. The third-generation smartwatch from Sony will be the first watch to feature NFC wireless capabilities. Sony hasn't officially yet announced a U.S. price or release date, but many expect SmartWatch 2 to launch worldwide in September
SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6-inch, 220 x 176 pixel color LCD touch screen, which is designed to be easy to read in the sunlight. The SmartWatch 2 runs on the Google Android mobile operating system. The version isn't specified, but Sony said SmartWatch 2 runs on version "4.0 and later." The battery reportedly lasts three to four days with typical use.
In addition to NFC wireless, the SmartWatch 2 features Bluetooth 3.0 to pair with other Android mobile devices, allowing the watch to answer calls, take photos, control the music player and receive messages and notifications. The SmartWatch 2 can function as a second screen or as a remote control for the primary Android device.
The SmartWatch 2 features a black metallic wristband made of aluminum and plastic, which measures about one-third of an inch thick and weighs less than an ounce. Sony says the watch is splashproof but not waterproof, so SmartWatch 2 shouldn’t go with you in the shower.
Sony seems to have a jump on the competition with the SmartWatch 2. Both Apple and Samsung have plans for their own smartwatches, but little besides rumors is known about them. Sony has already sold more than a half-million smartwatches. SmartWatch already has about 200 apps and nearly 1 million downloads. This experience has allowed Sony to learn from customer feedback and improve the smartwatch technology.