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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sony SmartWatch 2 And Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Launch in U.S.

Sony's smartphone-pairing wearable, along with both the waterproof Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra launch today in the U.S.

SmartWatch 2 represents the second generation in Sony's smartwatch product line. It delivers a practical design with great battery life (around three to four days under normal usage conditions), water resistance (IP57 rating, dust-proof and water-resistant down to three feet of fresh water for as long as thirty minutes), and good readability even in bright sunlight. The device canbe paired with Android smartphones (version 4.0 and later) and is supported by downloadable apps.

SmartWatch 2 facilitates the most common tasks. 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.

Sony SmartWatch 2 has a suggested retail price of $199.95 and will be available at and select Sony stores.

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
- User interface similar to Android
- Bigger display with higher resolution (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels)
- Aluminum body with black silicon wristband in kit
- Additional wristbands available in various colors and materials

Sony Mobile Communications also today introduces the Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 to the U.S.

The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, slim with a lightweight design. It integrates the latest Sony BRAVIA technologies and a 6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with X-Reality. Its screen with handwriting supports recognition which is compatible with a pencil, selected stylus or pen.

The Xperia Z Ultra is available now at select Sony stores, and select e-tailers. MSRP $649.99 (HSPA+, model C6802), $679.99 (LTE, model C6806) in black, white or purple.

The Xperia Z1 combines Sony's OmniBalance design that's sleek, waterproof, and dust resistant It captures 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.

The Xperia Z1 also includes a set of camera applications, such as live social broadcasting, visual search functions, camera timeshift burst functionalities and Augmented Reality technology.

The Xperia Z1 is available now at an MSRP $669.99 (HSPA+).

Xperia Z Ultra

- Network compatibility:

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

- 6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile powered by X-Reality for mobile engine
- 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 entertainment and connectivity
- 7.06 x 3.62 x 0.25 in.
- Available in black, white or purple

Xperia Z1

- Network compatibility:

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

- 5.0" Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile powered by X-Reality for mobile engine
- 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 entertainment and connectivity
- 5.68 x 2.90 x 0.33 in.
- Available in black, white or purple

Jelly Bean 4.2 Firmware Update For Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

In the meantime, Sony is rolling out a maintenance release for Xperia Z1 & Xperia Z Ultra.

The new updates are addressing performance and stability issues. Here's a changelog detailing the main fixes and inclusions:

Xperia Z1

- Sony weaked the camera algorithm for even better all round performance refined Sony?s Smart Social Camera platform, so Xperia Camera apps run more smoothly (particularly Burst Mode, Superior Auto, AR Effect and Sweep Panorama?)

Xperia Z Ultra

- Sony optimized touchscreen sensitivity, for both finger gestures and writing / sketching with pencils, metal pens and selected styluses

Across both products, Sony also re-calibrated the display ever so slightly, to ensure viewing experiences remain bright & bold; economised power consumption for longer battery life and; streamlined Exchange connection for faster email sync, display and download.

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