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Sony confirms SmartWatch 2, Xperia Z Ultra for Australia
- — 26 June, 2013 15:40
Sony has confirmed it will release its new SmartWatch 2 and Xperia Z Ultra devices in Australia later this year, but has refused to reveal an exact release date.
The company officially announced the SmartWatch 2, an update to its existing Android-based watch, and the Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4in waterproof smartphone, at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, China, overnight.
A Sony Mobile spokesperson confirmed to Good Gear Guide the company will release both the SmartWatch 2 and the Xperia Z Ultra in Australia, but has not clarifed a specific time frame.
"We can confirm that we will release both the Xperia Z Ultra and the Smartwatch 2 in Australia."
"We will confirm details around the date, carriers/stockists and pricing at a later date."
The Android-based SmartWatch 2 allows users to answer calls, read email and messages and take a photo remotely when linked to a compatible smartphone. It has a 1.6in touchscreen display, an aluminium body that's dust and water resistant to IP57 standards, and includes NFC connectivity.
The news of the SmartWatch 2 comes amid reports that Apple, Google and Samsung are all working on similar connected watch products.
Meanwhile, the Xperia Z Ultra is a "premium large-screen Android smartphone" which Sony claims is the world's slimmest and largest with a full HD screen.
It offers waterproofing to IP55 and IP58 standards rather than the water resistance found on existing Xperia devices, is powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, and comes with a stylus for on-screen sketching and writing.
The 4G-capable Xperia Z Ultra is expected to compete with larger-screened smartphones like Samsung's popular Galaxy Note II.
Sony's global announcement confirmed the SmartWatch 2 will be available worldwide from September, while the Xperia Z Ultra will launch worldwide from Q3 2013. The company stressed that the exact timing of availability "will vary by market".