Sony launched a smartwatch in the U.S. on Tuesday, giving Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Gear a new market rival. First unveiled in June, the SmartWatch 2 can connect to smartphones and act as a proxy for some of their functions.
Sony hopes to sweep the market by offering slightly lower prices and high compatibility. The device costs US$200 in the U.S., $100 cheaper than the Galxy Gear. It can connect with any smartphone that runs on Android 4.0 or a subsequent version of the same operating system.
In contrast, the Galaxy Gear is only compatible with Samsung's large Galaxy Note 3, although the company has said it will soon make the device compatible with other phones in its lineup.
Yet market observers say Sony's product does not pose a threat to Samsung's Galaxy Gear in terms of overall specification and functions. The latter allows users to directly talk to the watch, while the Sony device requires a Bluetooth headset. Both have 1.6-inch displays, but the Gear has a higher-resolution screen.