Sony SmartWatch 2, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z Ultra Launching in US Today

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Sony’s latest batch of Android hardware is officially hitting the US today. The Japanese firm today announced the American launch of its SmartWatch 2, Xperia Z1 smartphone and Xperia Z Ultra phablet, all of which can be bought from Sony’s online store, Sony retail stores, and other select online retailers.

Sony SmartWatch 2 uiThe SmartWatch 2 is Sony’s counter to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and will be available for $200. Like most smartwatches, it lets you check emails, texts, calendar events and other phone notifications right from your wrist, but Sony touts the wearable’s water-resistant design and three-to-four-day battery life too. It can be paired with “most” Android phones running Android 4.0 or higher — unlike the $300 Galaxy Gear — though Sony would prefer that you do so with its latest flagships.

The smaller of those flagships, the Xperia Z1, is more or less an updated refresh of the Xperia Z. It’s being sold for $670 unlocked — though that’s only for an HSPA+ compatible model. The Xperia Z Ultra, meanwhile, is jumbo-sized version of the Z1 that bumps up its display to 6.4 inches. Its HSPA+ model is being sold for $650 unlocked, but Sony is also distributing an unlocked LTE model for $30 more.


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