Sony’s New Smartwatch and Phone

Sony’s new Smart Watch 2 is actually its second-gen wearable, explains Engadget. It interacts with your smartphone over Bluetooth.

When you are using a wireless Bluetooth headset for music, you can use SmartWatch 2 as a phone remote to make or take calls. When a call comes in, you can see who’s calling in your SmartWatch display, press once to answer and enjoy hands free calling.

On your wrist, you have text messages, email, calendar, call log, Facebook, Twitter, gmail and more.

You can pair it quickly to Android handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or later. The new watch is similar to the first Sony Smart Watch, but the display now has a 1.6-inch, 220 x 176 color touchscreen, with around six icons at any one time. The device is also slimmer than its predecessor.

On the left side is a microUSB port for charging, and along the bottom bezel are the usual array of Android buttons: back, home and menu. The battery will give you around four days of life, according to Sony. The app selection is still pretty limited, but Sony says there will be about 400 Android apps available at launch with more to follow. The Smart Watch 2 is due in September.

Sony also unveiled the Xperia Z1 (C690X) smartphone. The Xperia Z1 is the successor to the Xperia Z.

Sony’s new Z1 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, has a 5-inch 1080p Triluminous display, and an impressive 20.7 megapixel camera. At 1/2.3-inch, the camera chip is bigger than what you’d find on your normal smartphone and is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom’s. A Time Shift Burst mode can shoot up to 61 images in just two seconds.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 chipset which includes a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 330 graphics. It will also have 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD memory card. It has an all-glass front and back. The Z1 is completely waterproof. You can submerge it in water to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.

The company is also launching a new PlayMemories online service. The cloud storage service can automatically upload images from the Xperia Z or from other phones or tablets.

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