Sony has released a few different smartwatch models over the years, but they’ve also got the SmartBand, a life-logging wearable that can also alert you when your phone wants your attention. And today the new version of that device, the SmartBand 2, is official.
Like the original SmartBand, the new SmartBand 2 can track your activities thanks to its accelerometer and heart rate sensors. The wearable can monitor your pulse and heart rate levels, track your activities, automatically detect your sleep, and even wake you up with a vibration at a time determined by your sleep cycle. All of this information can then be viewed in Sony’s Lifelog companion app.
The SmartBand 2 can also alert you when notifications for things like messages, calls, and Tweets come into your connected phone or tablet. It does so using vibrations and pulsing RGB LEDs. The SmartBand 2 can control music on your connected device as well, and if you’ve got a Sony Xperia phone or tablet, the SmartBand 2 will alert you when you’re more than 10 meters away from your Xperia.
The Sony SmartBand 2 is compatible with devices on Android 4.4 and up, and Sony says that it’ll get 10 hours of continuous use, 2 days of normal use, and 5 days of battery life in Stamina Mode. The body of the SmartBand 2 is IP68-rated, meaning that it’s dust-resistant and can also withstand being in up to 3 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
Sony’s new SmartBand 2 will be available in 60 countries around the globe starting in September 2015 at a price of approximately 119 EUR ($132 USD). It’ll be sold with black, white, pink, or indigo bands that are interchangeable.
There are countless smartwatches and fitness trackers out there, but the Sony SmartBand 2 appears to be a device that sits in the middle of those two markets, offering features from both while trying to be easy on the wallet. And while we can’t make any judgments on how well it performs until we get some wrist-on time with a unit, the SmartBand 2 looks like a nice little band that doesn’t scream “Hey, I’m a smart wearable!” So if you’re looking for a subtle device for activity tracking and notifications, keep an eye out for the SmartBand 2 starting next month.