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Sony SmartWatch 2: 1.6-Inch, Touch Screen, Waterproof - Is This The Android Watch Of Your Dreams? (PICTURES)

25/06/2013 10:45 | Updated 25 August 2013

Sony has (re)entered the race to build the world's first actually-good wearable computer-watch.

The SmartWatch 2 is a fully touch-enabled 'second screen' for your Android phone.

It is able to display message notifications, control music and some Apps, has a water-resistant design and a sunlight-readable screen.

Sony said the device "reaffirms Sony's leadership in smartwatch and wearable technology".

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But until the device is released in September, sceptics will point to the lukewarm reception given to its predecessor - and ask whether the SmartWatch 2 is really the transformative device that so many experts have predicted is on the cusp of a breakthrough.

The features of the SmartWatch 2 include:

  • taking pictures remotely with an included smart camera app
  • handling calls
  • controlling presentations
  • mapping and run-tracking
  • reading messages and emails
  • adjusting and controlling music
  • water resistant
  • swappable wristband
  • 1.6-inch, 220-176 display
  • Android-like UI

"Sony is the proud leader in the smartwatch market since introducing our first Bluetooth watch in 2007," said Stefan K Persson, Head of Companion Products at Sony Mobile Communications.

"Competitors are only now launching first generation devices, while we are already launching a 3rd generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony's wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smartwatch experience."

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