Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony has announced a new model of its Android-powered SmartWatch.

Unsurprisingly, the device is called the Sony SmartWatch 2 and will be released in September this year worldwide.

See also: Apple iWatch, Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch, Google Nexus Smart Watch rumour round-up.

Appearance-wise, the SmartWatch 2 looks very similar to the original. However, it has a larger 1.6in (220x176) screen compared to 1.3in (128x128) and is slimmer at 9mm instead of nearly 13mm.

Sony has also made the design dust and water-resistant. The smart watch splashproof but not suitable for things like showering or swimming.

Instead of a proprietary charging cable, the SmartWatch 2 uses a regular microUSB port which is sensible move by Sony. Pairing with almost any Android smartphone, not just Xperias, is easier with the inclusion of an NFC chip.

As well as telling the time, the SmartWatch 2 can do a number of tasks such as call handling, remote photo taking and controlling music playback. There are more than 200 specific apps for the device.

There's no price for the SmartWatch 2 but the original costs £79 and we don't think the new version will be dramatically different.

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