Sony launched its original SmartBand fitness tracker all the way back at CES 2014, though it wouldn’t be until June of that year when we saw the company bring sales of the wearable to the US. In the mobile electronics world, a span of one year feels like a lifetime, so Sony’s been seriously overdue for some kind of follow-up if it hoped to keep the SmartBand fresh. Today that’s just what we see the company do, as it announces the new SmartBand 2 with heart rate monitor.
We first saw this guy pop up a little earlier this summer, with the publication of its companion app, but it’s taken until now for the hardware to go official.
That new sensor is arguably the biggest change Sony’s made with its second-gen SmartBand. The general design still takes a lot of inspiration from the look of the original, but Sony moves from the big metallic button used to fasten the fitness tracker to a more low-key rubber strap and thin metal loop. There’s no screen once again, with visual feedback provided by a trio of LEDs, meaning you’ll do most of you interaction with the SmartBand 2 via its host app – that’s available for both Android and iOS.
The SmartBand 2 is powered by a tiny 58mAh battery, but should still last up to two days on a charge – and it recharges in just an hour. Sales are set to get started next month, with pricing set at about 120 EUR – or a little under $135.