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Sony introduces SmartBand 2 SWR12 heart rate monitor

Sony introduces SmartBand 2 SWR12 heart rate monitor
Sony introduces SmartBand 2 SWR12 heart rate monitor
The armband will be a part of Sony Mobile's Smartwear series and retail for 120 Euros.

Fitness bracelets aren't going to replace your doctor anytime soon, but at least they can more easily track and evaluate your daily workout routines. Sony Mobile is expanding its SmartBand series with the SmartBand 2 SWR12 optical heart rate monitor that will also be compatible with any Android device running 4.4 KitKat or higher or an iPhone 4S running iOS or higher.

Compared to the SWR10, the SWR12 will have double the RAM and will be IP68-certified for dust and water resistance. Thus, the tracker should be able to handle more intense workout environments. A single charge on its 54 mAh battery is expected to last about 8 days before the Activity Tracker alerts the user for a recharge. 

The built-in sensor on the underside of the tracker will record heart rate. Other functions include an App mode for limited music playback, haptic feedback and an LED light to alert the user of incoming calls, texts, or emails. If the tracker is ever out of range from its paired smartphone, it can aid the user in relocating the device. Logs and monitoring data stored on the SmartBand 2 can be graphed via the free and official app from the Google Play Store.

The fitness band will launch towards the end of Q3 2015 for 120 Euros in either Black or White colors. Indigo and Pink colors will cost users an extra 30 Euros.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-08-22 (Update: 2015-08-22)