Sony SmartWatch 2 unveiled: a water-resistant ‘second screen’ for Android devices

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Sony’s taking a second stab at the fledgling wearable category it helped pioneer with today’s announcement of the SmartWatch 2. The Android-powered wristwatch retains the familiar remote functionality of its predecessor (i.e., allowing users to answer calls, read email and texts, snap photos, etc.), albeit now from a larger, 1.6-inch (220 x 176) touch display. Sony’s packed all of this “second screen” functionality into a handsome, aluminum body design that’s crafted to be dust- and water-resistant (IP57), much like the Xperia Z line before it. And for users that want a little variety, the company’s also offering a pack-in stainless steel wristband that can be swapped out for any other 24mm strap (Sony plans to offer alternative straps sometime soon).

The SmartWatch 2 also features support for NFC and Bluetooth 3.0, so you can easily pair it with compatible devices running Android 4.0 or higher — something like the Xperia Z Ultra, perhaps. As for battery life, Sony claims the SmartWatch 2’s rated for a maximum of four days with moderate use. But those with a lighter touch, or a penchant for digital wristwatches, may be able to eke out a full week’s worth of juice. There’s no pricing information to share at the moment, only a semi-concrete global release date for this September. Which is just about enough time for you (or, more likely, your Dad) to dust off that Dick Tracy impersonation.

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