Wearable gadgets are the future, we're told, but Sony has already given the concept a stab with the original SmartWatch, and now brings us a successor, called predictably enough the Sony SmartWatch 2.
The concept is much the same, too – a semi-independent Android device designed to act as a remote companion to your smartphone – but most of the key specs have been improved over the original.
It looks considerably sleeker despite a jump in screen size from 1.3in to 1.6in, with the touch-sensitive panel boasting a resolution of 220 x 176. The smart aluminium body is dust- and water-resistant too.
The SmartWatch 2's “second screen” features include the ability to handle calls, check out messages, notifications and the like, take photos remotely and read previously downloaded emails.
You can also control your Bluetooth-equipped music player remotely, while a bunch of dedicated apps have been introduced for things like mapping on the go, or tracking your performance while you're out on a run.
NFC support has been introduced to give you an alternative to Bluetooth for wireless pairing and sharing – provided the gizmo you're connecting to is Android 4.0 or newer, that is. The battery is said to be good for a maximum of four days of moderate use.
Sony is making a big deal of the fact that while others are still contemplating their first smartwatch, it's now on its third, and there is the sense with its third stab at the genre that the concept is starting to mature.
The bad news if you are interested is that you'll have to wait until September to get your hands on the SmartWatch 2, with the price expected to be around the €199 (£169) mark.