Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Android-compatible watch with NFC – UK release put back to September

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 available in the UK from July 15th

Brits keen to get their hands (or rather their wrists) on the new Sony Smartwatch 2 should be pleased to learn that a UK retailer has said that it will be stocking the device from July 15th [UPDATE] September 2013.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 available in the UK from July 15th

Onine retailers Clove have advertised the watch for £120 inc. VAT (£100 exc. VAT) and are already taking pre-orders.

The watch comes with built in support for NFC so can be paired to compatible Android handsets, and as well as the usual watch functions can  remote-control selected apps.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 available in the UK from July 15th

Waterproof-ish?

Sporting an interface similar to the Xperia smartphones, the watch comes with a 1.6-inch face displaying a 220-by-176 resolution and claims water resistant IP57 certification.

Curiously, IP57 should protect against immersion for up to 30 minutes, although Sony’s site warns, “Although SmartWatch 2 is splash resistant, it should not be exposed to very wet conditions or be immersed in water.”

Weighing 122.5 grams, the watch is compatible with any 24mm band, so you’ll be able to swap it over for any regular strap

Update from Clove: it’s now not arriving until September.

UPDATE 9/7 – The release date of the Sony SmartWatch 2 has been put back to September and will not be launching week commencing 15th July as previously stated. The revised arrival date is week commencing 9th September. At all times we provide the most accurate information we can based on data we are supplied. It has transpired that the date of the 15th July given by Sony’s distribution arm was incorrect.

 

Specs:

Compatible

  • Works as an NFC watch with all smartphones using Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later

Battery time

  • Low usage 7 days*
  • Normal usage, 3-4 days*
  • *Watch always on

Standards

  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Android release: 4.0 and later
  • Charging with micro USB
  • Water resistant IP57

Hardware

  • SmartWatch
  • Transflective LCD 1.6”
  • Materials: aluminium (body) and silicon wristband/ or metal stainless steel
  • Pixels: 220×176

Apps/plugins ready-to-go

  • SmartWatch 2 host Application

  • Call handling (answer, reject, mute, volume handling)

  • Call log

  • Missed call notification

  • SMS/MMS

  • Email

  • Gmail

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Music remote extension/music handling

  • Calendar

  • Weather

  • Viewfinder

  • New events – aggregator

  • Wide range of apps available at Google Play

[Sony website]