In case you missed it, Sony's own smartphone-pairing wearable got a refresh earlier this year, and it's about ready to take America. The SmartWatch 2 launches today, and you can order one for yourself over at Sony's dedicated store. There's no camera, but there is a 1.6-inch "transflective" screen, compatibility with Gmail, Facebook, SMS, Twitter and easy NFC pairing with any smartphone running Android 4.0 or above. If you don't already have such a phone... well, look at that, both the waterproof Xperia Z1 (HSPA+, $670) and the titanic Xperia Z Ultra (HSPA+: $649.99, LTE: $679.99) will also be up for grabs starting today. Both devices will go on sale in black, white and purple variants, although only the Z Ultra will offer LTE connectivity across the 900, 2100, 850, 1900 and 1700 bands. Waterproof or 4G-capable? Make your choice.

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Sony® SmartWatch 2 Launches in U.S.

 Water-resistant1
smartwatch with NFC and long battery life
 Android compatibility enables pairing SmartWatch 2 with the
Android smartphone of choice2

 Wide variety of apps now available from Google Play™

October 15, 2013 ATLANTA, GA –Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile")
today announces the U.S. availability of SmartWatch 2. SmartWatch 2 represents
the second generation in Sony's smartwatch product line, building on the
applications ecosystem of its predecessor, which has realized more than one
million downloads of apps over the last year.

Sony SmartWatch 2 delivers a stylish and practical design with great battery life,
water resistance, and excellent readability even in bright sunlight. The device can
be paired with Android™ smartphones (version 4.0 and later) and is supported by
an ever-growing catalog of downloadable apps to enhance the Android
smartphone experience.

"Sony SmartWatch 2 seamlessly expands the user experience for today's active
smartphone culture, said Ravi Nookala, president, Sony Mobile Communications
(USA). "The average smartphone user reaches for their device more than 100
times per day to check text messages, read emails and social network notifications
and of course, to check the time. SmartWatch 2 makes these core tasks easier,
and does much more with apps available, for everything from productivity to
fitness and games."

Keep your smartphone in your pocket or purse
SmartWatch 2 facilitates the most common tasks, easily and discreetly. Even the
set up is easy, with simple One-touch NFC pairing to your Android smartphone.
Within minutes of turning SmartWatch 2 on, you will be able to check text
messages, calendar events, Gmail®, Facebook® and Twitter® notifications
(including the ability to "like" and re-Tweet® from the device), and much more.
SmartWatch 2 vibrates to let you know when there is new information to read.

Beautiful, durable design
SmartWatch 2 draws on the same design language seen in Sony's latest Xperia®
smartphones, combining a slim minimalistic appearance that includes Sony's
signature aluminum power button. With an IP57 rating, it is dust-proof and
water-resistant down to three feet of fresh water for as long as thirty minutes.
SmartWatch 2 offers a number of stylish strap options, including stainless steel,
brown or black leather as well as five silicon colors. Even better, Sony has used a
standard 24mm standard pin strap mount, so you can personalize SmartWatch 2
with just about any strap you choose.

Long battery life, better readability in sunlight
Based on consumer feedback from its previous smartwatch, Sony has worked hard
to extend the battery life of SmartWatch 2 with a power-efficient processor.
Furthermore, its transflective screen produces better readability in bright sunlight
without the need for a backlight. The result is a device lasting (under normal usage
conditions) around three to four days between charges.

An open eco-system based on Android
SmartWatch 2 users can already access more than eighty fully optimized apps as
well as more than two hundred apps owing to SmartWatch 2's backwards
compatibility with its predecessor. Sony has been working with third party
developers to support the ongoing rollout of applications optimized specifically for
SmartWatch 2. All compatible applications are easily discoverable via a simple
search function in Sony's Smart Connect™ app, which comes preloaded on Sony
Xperia smartphones or can be downloaded from the Google Play store for other
Android smartphones.

Pricing and availability for Sony SmartWatch 2:
Sony SmartWatch 2 has a suggested retail price of $199.95 and will be available at
store.sony.com and select Sony stores. Other online retailers will also carry
SmartWatch 2. For additional availability and pricing, please check with each
retailer.

Key features for Sony SmartWatch 2:
 Transflective display, readable in bright sunlight
 Long battery life, 3-4 days normal usage
 Water-resistant (IP57)
 Extended compatibility (works with most smartphones Android 4.0 and
later)
 Easy setup with NFC pairing
(for non-NFC smartphones, standard Bluetooth® pairing applies).
 Easy discovery of applications
 Standalone watch functionality, including alarm and timer
 Standard micro USB charging
 Intuitive User interface similar to Android
 Bigger display with higher resolution (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels)
 High quality materials (aluminum body with black silicon wristband in kit)
 Additional wristbands available in various colors and materials

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Sony Mobile Communications Brings Its
Premium Waterproof Smartphones, Xperia® Z
Ultra and Xperia® Z1 to the U.S.

Sony Mobile Communications introduces the Xperia Z Ultra and
Xperia Z1 to the U.S., bringing Sony's world-class technologies
to the smartphone like never before. The Xperia Z Ultra and
Xperia Z1 are now available as unlocked devices in the U.S.
market.

Xperia Z Ultra

The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, ultra-slim with a lightweight
design so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. The Xperia Z
Ultra integrates the latest Sony BRAVIA technologies, a 6.4"
Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with X-Reality for
mobile, made for thrilling entertainment. It's an ideal business
partner thanks to the super responsive screen with handwriting
recognition which is compatible with a pencil, selected stylus or
pen.

Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1 combines Sony's acclaimed OmniBalance design
that's sleek, waterproof, and dust resistant It delivers the a
similar level of quality and performance as a conventional
compact digital camera. Xperia Z1 captures beautiful, sharp
and bright images even in lowlight conditions. Its high shutter
speeds and 3x clear image zoom prevents shots from being
blurred while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Taking the conventional camera experience to a whole new
level, Xperia Z1 includes an innovative set of camera
applications that deliver new experiences. Xperia Camera
Applications at launch include live social broadcasting,
innovative visual search functions, camera timeshift burst
functionalities and Augmented Reality technology.

Xperia Z Ultra product information


Pricing & availability:
The Xperia Z Ultra is available now at select Sony stores,
store.sony.com and select e-tailers.

 MSRP $649.99 (HSPA+, model C6802), $679.99 (LTE,
model C6806) in black, white or purple
Network compatibility:
The Xperia Z Ultra (C6802) supports the following network
bands:
 UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII) 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850
(Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV)
 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
The Xperia Z Ultra LTE (C8606) supports the following network
bands:
 UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII) 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850
(Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV)
 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
 LTE Bands 1,2,4,5,7,8,17

Product Resources:
 Xperia Z Ultra product page & demo video
Features and Specs:
 6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered
by X-Reality for mobile engine for the ultimate viewing
experience
 Ultra slim, waterproof and dust resistant (IP55/IP58)
design
 Write and sketch with a pencil and selected stylus or pen
 8 megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor
and HDR for videos and photos
 Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and
connectivity
 7.06 x 3.62 x 0.25 in.
 Available in black, white or purple

Xperia Z1 product information

Pricing & availability:
The Xperia Z1 is available now at select Sony stores,
store.sony.com and select e-tailers.

 MSRP $669.99 (HSPA+) in black, white or purple
Network compatibility:
Xperia Z1 is supports the following network bands.
 UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band
IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Product Resources:
 Xperia Z1 product page



Features and Specs:
 5.0" Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile powered
by X-Reality for mobile engine for the ultimate viewing
experience
 Sleek, waterproof and dust resistant (IP55/IP58) design
 20.7 megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor
and HDR for videos and photos
 Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment and
connectivity
 5.68 x 2.90 x 0.33 in.
 Available in black, white or purple

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Sony SmartWatch 2 launches in the US for $200, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra tag along for the ride