Apr 12 AT 9:35 AM Anthony Domanico 37 Comments

Sony SmartWatch goes on sale today for $149.99


Sony has announced today the immediate availability of the Sony SmartWatch, which will go on sale for $149.99 at Sony’s brick-and-mortar and online stores starting today. The SmartWatch features a 1.3″ OLED display that allows you to check your text messages, emails, Facebook, and Twitter updates, as well as control your music playback, manage calls, and even control your smartphone’s camera directly from your wrist.

The SmartWatch has access to the Google Play Store from the watch itself, quickly letting users pick out applications specifically built for the SmartWatch. Sony will likely help developers develop applications for the SmartWatch, so we expect to see several new applications make their way to the SmartWatch sometime after launch.

Aesthetically, the SmartWatch is dust/scratch proof and water resistant, and fits most standard wristbands. Sony will provide a standard black wristband, though you can purchase wristbands in 5 additional colors for an extra $20. The SmartWatch is a cool-looking watch and is a good option for those of you who love to wear watches and want your watch to be able to control your smartphone.

If you’re interested in the Sony SmartWatch, you’ll be able to pick one up at Sony Online or Sony’s retail stores starting today for $149.99. We’ve reached out to Sony for a review unit, so look for our full review to come later this quarter. In the mean time, you can view our initial hands-on from CES here.

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Show Press Release

Store your Smartphone: SmartWatch

from Sony Brings Android Power

Straight to Wrist


Innovative Androidâ„¢ accessory from Sony allows you to stay connected when your phone is stowed in your pocket or bag

-         Read social updates, text messages and email

-         Manage calls with a simple touch and swipe

-         Personalize with apps downloaded from Google Play

-         Control music on your smartphone

-         Snap pictures with your Android phone from a distance


April 12, 2012, Atlanta, GA —Sony Mobile Communications announces the availability of its new SmartWatch, a wearable device that extends the power of Android smartphones by sending timely and personal information from your smartphone straight to your wrist. A vibration and screen alert notifies you of key events, like an incoming call.  It also allows you to read texts and emails as well as receive Facebookâ„¢ and Twitterâ„¢ updates — all from your wrist.

SmartWatch from Sony connects to Android smartphones via Bluetoothâ„¢ giving you the ability to control key functions without removing your smartphone from your pocket or bag. With just a tap, touch, and swipe, SmartWatch turns from a watch displaying the time to a remote information center for your Android smartphone.

A growing number of apps are available for download through Google Play — including those for social updates, workouts and music — all customized for the 1.3-inch OLED SmartWatch touch screen. While SmartWatch works with these existing apps, Android developers can create apps specifically for the device.  SmartWatch works with most Android (2.1 and above) smartphones.

“SmartWatch is the first of many Smart Extras that seamlessly connect and expand the smartphone’s reach and user experience,” said Paul Hamnett, President and Head of Customer Unit, North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Designed to break free from the single screen experience, SmartWatch provides access to live content and entertainment on the go.”

The durable SmartWatch is dust proof and splash proof and comes with a black rubber wristband included in the box. Wristbands in five additional colors are available for purchase.  SmartWatch’s design includes a rear mounted clip, so it can be removed from the wristband and attached to clothing or a belt.

At launch, SmartWatch has a suggested retail price of $149.99 and will be available athttp://www.sony.com/smartwatch  and Sony stores. SmartWatch availability at additional retailers will be announced soon.

SmartWatch is part of Sony Mobile Communications’ strategy to create Smart Extras that make Android smartphones smarter.

Key Features of Sony Xperiaâ„¢ SmartWatch:

  • ·   Dimensions: 1.42 X 1.42 X 0.3 in
  • ·   Weight: 0.55 oz
  • ·   Display: 1.3” OLED display, 128 x 128 pixels
  • ·   Compatibility: Bluetoothâ„¢ 3.0 and Androidâ„¢ 2.1 or above
  • ·   Connectivity: Standard USB charging
  • ·   Battery life: Up to 4 days
  • ·   Language support for: English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Traditional), Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Danish, Polish, Japanese, Czech, German, Modern Greek, Dutch
  • ·   Notifications: Display notification or vibration
  • ·   Apps: All events (displays in chronological order), Messaging  (SMS/MMS), corporate E-mail (for Sonyâ„¢ and Sony Ericsson Android phones), Gmail (for all other Android smartphones) Calendar Notifications, Facebookâ„¢, Twitterâ„¢, Music Player, Call handling (call, mute, reject, or answer and send pre-defined SMS),Pre-defined SMS, e.g. missed calls — I’m busy, messaging – call me, email — ok,Battery strength, Find phone, and Weather widget. Plus lots of apps on Androidâ„¢ market.
  • ·   Additional SmartWatch bands available in pink, white, mint, grey and blue

For full details on all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog:http://blogs.sonymobile.com/products/. For full Android smartphone compatibility, please visithttp://sonymobile.com/smartwatch

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  • booyootoo

    Hmmm,I’m a bit reluctant on buying a sony smartwatch. I own the liveview and connectivity issues are the main problem.

    I’ll just wait this one out and see if this one works properly.

    Don’t get me wrong, when it works its awesome, but it doesn’t work most of the time…

    • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

      The live view.is.nothing compared to this.

      I have one and it works perfectly with my g nex

  • tao.lviv

    Another device which I’ll need to charge every day for 150$ bucks? No, thanks.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Supposedly the battery life is 4 days now, which is a big improvement if true. No one (well, virtually no one) is going to charge a watch everyday.

      • tao.lviv

        Charging a watch – it even sounds ridiculous :) The only thing from ad that I liked – it is using it while cycling.

      • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

        On a practical level it gets about 3 days of heavy use and 5 days if quiet. Its when your phone is off that the battery drains as it is always looking for Bluetooth

      • Pam

        So true!

  • http://lawrencesamantha.com olentz

    How well does it integrates with non-Experia android devices?

    • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

      Excellently. I haven’t had any issues with my galaxy nexus or dhd.

    • #egoitzlarrea

      Yes, i just got the smartwatch yesterday and im amazed of the distance it has. the connectivity is not an issue. In my samsung galaxy s3 i had an issue with whatsapp.. but there is an app on the marktet to solve it.

      Its a geeky watch.:)

  • kernelpanic

    very “Dick Tracy”-esque – but I’m not buying one

  • Hugo

    I might be getting one after I see some reviews on how it works =)

  • AngelArs

    So many questions… how many apps can it hold? Can you delete stuff you don’t need or want like Facebook, and Twitter? Will it communicate with other stuff like iPods/iPads, etc. Why in this day and age doesn’t it have voice control so you can send e-mails or use search functions? Can you use it to do basic navigation with? Love the display but it’s almost looking like a glorified casio watch…

  • Michael

    I like the idea very much, but $150 is a price for the “gotta have the newest thing” types, not for me. A couple of years from now I suspect there will be many similary devices and the price will be more reasonable. I’m a distance runner and I could definitely see using something like this as an interface to the GPS app on my phone so I didn’t need to use the voice reports on distance and pace.

    • SGB101

      $150 for a watch isnt a bad price at all, i like the idea, will be good for biking, a basic gps window would be the killer app for me.

      il wait for .v2 or 3, and it would have to work with any Bt android device.

      as for the charging issue, that wouldn’t bother me, as i wouldn’t use it every day, just on bike.

      over all $150 is a good starting point. works out at about £80 (UK), you dont get a lot for that these days.

      • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

        Its gonna be £100 here but even that isn’t bad. It has apps already for running but I don’t know about biking. I haven’t seen any apps like that yet.

  • awundrin

    What a gimmick for geeks.

    • johnnycsx

      Just like wheelchairs are gimmicks for the injured -__- It’s clearly made to be useful, have they got it down yet? Maybe not. People like you thought touch-screens were gimmicks too, now look at just about everything.

  • spazby

    would be nice for golfers to get distances…

    • epps720

      Motorola has that on their watch (the name escapes me right now) but it looks like a really good feature. But the Motorola was was running around $300…way too steep IMO

      • johnnycsx

        The MOTOACTV. And while these watches are cool, I agree 300 is ridiculous. I wouldn’t pay more than $100 at *this* point, simply because there’s barely any functionality so far. Most of the smart watches we’re getting don’t do anything more than tell you there’s an unread message on your phone. If they just added say…speech-to-text, really just an extension of the phone’s, it would make them far more value IMO.

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    Before anyone considers buying one of these, check out the Pebble watch. Seems like a much better device in my opinion.


    • icedtia

      Woah, I saw this the other day when they were just trying to hit $100,000. Now they’re up to almost 2 million! That’s crazy!

      I think these are the way to go. :) E-ink screen that actually stays on all the time and still lasts for a week on a charge? Awesome.

  • dang

    It would be nice since at work it is a no no to pull out your phone. Count me in as long as it’s comfortable to wear.

  • txbluesman

    I like the ideal of these types of watches, since I enjoy outdoor activities. The price isn’t too bad either, but if a tablet w/pretty good hardware can now go for $150-$200, you would think these watches would go for $75-$150. I can still see me with a future purchase of an android watch.

  • Adamf

    Is it like a 70′s LED watch where the display is blank except when you push a button?

    • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel


  • Ben

    My LiveView was such a piece… it was nice until it would lose connection every ten minutes or so >.< Needed more software support and cost was rediculous for what it actually did when it worked…

  • E-man

    I think the I’m watch is a more aesthetically pleasing watch.

    • johnnycsx

      I think most of these watches are pretty ugly. The one that just showed up on Kickstarter isn’t too bad though. My personal favorite so far is the smart G-Shock which should have been released already, but I guess that’s just my taste.

  • eko2crossfire

    I think this watch is really nice looking, and the way I see it, I could be paying for a similar sort of watch i.e: Tokyoflash watches, which will run you near the same price tag, BUT this watch looks nicer (i think) and has far more functionality than most other watches. IF this watch has most of its bugs fixed and works really smoothly, this good be not only a great looking accessory, but also a great conversation piece. So for me it is a maybe.

  • Joe Sinkwitz

    If it’s like my phone (Samsung Moment), or Viewsonic G-Tablet, it would be worthless in direct sunlight.

  • Slith

    I wonder if any heart rate monitors will be available for it. That would sell it for me!

  • Kemp

    Sony always makes good hardware so I found it on exspansys.com for 117.99 with no tax and free shipping & handling in US

  • derek

    In all seriousness, why would anyone buy this? What is the purpose? Where is the utility? OK my watch buzzes when i get a phone call, that i cant answer with my watch…it buzzes..from a phone that is 2 feet away ringing…..that i can hear….and answer. Seriously, where is the value or perk to owning this phone. I totally dont get it. Oh, wait, i got an email…that i cant respond to with the watch, but at least i know i got it thanks to my watch….of course my phone just beeped to notify me that i got it and i’ll use the 6 inch tap screen on my phone to reply.. Why would anyone buy this watch? I just dont understand it’s purpose. Can some of you give me examples of daily use purposes?

  • ganesh

    super watch , i want to bye at a reasonable cost . would u send me details about it to my mail.