Sony sure looks to be working on a new smartwatch; docs hit FCC

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Six months ago, we saw Sony introduce its aptly-named SmartWatch 2 (above), this year’s follow-up to its prior model, featuring a larger, higher-res display. While it boasted specs like an impressive battery life, the lack of really head-turning features (such as the camera on Samsung’s Galaxy Gear) may have hurt Sony’s sales. Can it do better in 2014? It sure sounds like we’ll be finding out one way or the other, with some new FCC docs sure suggesting that Sony’s been developing another smartwatch.

While that last Sony smartwatch was the SW2, this paperwork describes a Sony model SWR10, labeled as a “BT wrist notifier.” Obviously, we’re looking at Bluetooth support, and the documents also mention NFC capabilities.

Sadly, that’s about all the insight we can grab from these files: we didn’t spot any photos or even schematics of the actual hardware. Will we be looking at another screen-size increase over the SmartWatch 2? Heck, will this even be a “smartwatch” smartwatch, or could it be something simpler – just an armband that illuminates to notify you of new content on your phone (as you can tell, we’re a little wary of that “wrist notifier” language)? Until we see something more, we can’t say.

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Source: FCC
Via: Engadget

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