Sony gets ahead of the game, launches second smartwatch in U.S.

Zach Epstein
October 15, 2013
Wearable computers look set to take the market by storm

Technology giants such as Samsung, Microsoft, Google and maybe even Apple are just now realizing there may be a future in wearables, but other tech companies have already been dabbling in smartwatches for some time now. Sony is one example, having recently released its second-generation “SmartWatch 2″ in Europe and Asia, and Sony on Tuesday announced that its new wrist-worn computer is now available in the U.S. The SmartWatch 2 is the first smartwatch on the planet to include water resistance, dust resistance and NFC, and it also features a solid build thanks to its aluminum case and silicon strap. The device works with most moderns smartphones — unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, which only works with one for the time being — and it costs $199.95 from Sony’s online store.

Also launching in the U.S. on Tuesday are Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 smartphones, which are each now available unlocked from Sony’s online shop. The Xperia Z Ultra sports the world’s largest full HD smartphone display at 6.4 inches, and it also features stylus support, an 8-megapixel camera and a 2.2GHz quad-core processor inside its waterproof, dust-resistant case. The Xperia Z1 specs are highlighted by a 5-inch full HD display, a 20.7-megapixel camera and a waterproof, dust-resistant case.

Both handsets are available immediately from Sony. The Z Ultra retails for $649.99 with HSPA+ or $679.99 with 4G LTE support, while the Z1 costs $669.99. All prices are unsubsidized and require no service contracts.

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