Samsung launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch yesterday, and right on its heels is Sony, which moments ago launched its SmartWatch 2 at an event in Delhi. Compared to the Galaxy Gear, the SmartWatch 2 is priced at Rs 14,990 and will be available from October onwards.
The smartwatch, which was announced earlier this year at the Mobile Asia Expo, is essentially a smartphone companion device that is water-resistant and supports NFC to easily pair with compatible Android devices.
Design-wise the smartwatch is 42x9x41mm in dimensions and along with the metal strap weighs in at 122.5 grams. It is built using stainless steel and aluminum that helps in meeting IP57 standards for water and dust resistance.
In terms of specifications, the SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6-inch Transflective LCD (220×176 pixels) display, connectivity options like Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC and is compatible with devices running on Android 4.0 and later. The device is charged using the micro-USB port and according to Sony, the battery is good enough for up to 4 days of usage.
In addition to working as a notification device for missed calls, messages and event reminders, Sony says that they have a huge number of apps on the Play Store that will work on the smartwatch, some of which are Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google+, RSS, Music player and a remote camera shutter among others.