By Stephen Schenck | June 25, 2013 11:38 AM
Last week, Sony got us talking about smartwatches again, teasing an announcement to take place sometime around this week’s Mobile Asia Expo. Well, MAE13 may not officially get started until tomorrow, but Sony’s gone and jumped the gun a little, revealing its SmartWatch 2.
While the first-gen SmartWatch used a 1.3-inch display, this new model pushes that up to 1.6 inches and bumps the 128 x 128 resolution up to 220 x 176. The SmartWatch 2 also follows in the footsteps of phones like the Xperia Z, and offers dust and water resistance. Like last year’s model, this one communicates with Bluetooth 3.0, but adds NFC support for slightly more effortless pairing.
Functionality sounds quite similar to earlier Sony offerings, and the continuous evolution of the company’s smartwatch platform leads to Sony’s claims of supporting “more apps than any other smartwatch.” Another big selling point is the assertion that the SmartWatch 2 has the longest battery life of any of its peers.
The SmartWatch 2 is set to go on sale in September, though details of where it will launch first, and for how much, aren’t yet available.