Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
Sony launches Xperia ion and announces SmartWatch for India
| by Aaron Almeida |
After months of anticipation and waiting, Sony has recently taken the wraps off its next generation handsets in India. The brand has officially launched their latest high-end smartphone, the Xperia ion into the Indian market along with the much awaited Sony SmartWatch. The smartphone manufacturer has priced these devices at Rs. 36,999 and Rs. 6,299 respectively.
Sony Xperia Ion
The Xperia ion will also ship with Sony's Tarzan charger with QuickCharge abilities that provides an hours worth of usage with a mere 15 minutes of charging. As of now, this rapid charger currently ships with only the Ion and will be made available for purchase for other handsets later this year and with upcoming devices. The handset also features the Walkman player and is also a PlayStation certified smartphone.
Commenting on the launch of the Xperia ion, Prasun Kumar, Marketing Head, Sony Mobile Communications said, “With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together a seamless experience across the multiple screens that we use to play, watch, listen, and share. Xperia ion is the gateway to HD entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it. We are glad to see overwhelming customer response for our Xperia range and we thank them for supporting us unconditionally on this successful journey in India. We strongly believe that the consumer will like the Xperia ion’s HD entertainment experience which has exclusive Airtel data offer to enhance the smartphone experience.”
The rear of the recently announced Xperia ion
The other major announcement at the event was the announcemnet of the Sony SmartWatch for India. Sony’s latest accessory for its smartphones has been doing the rounds abroad and according to the company - gaining quite a bit of mementum. Sony has decided to launch the SmartWatch in India now and aims to keep the price "as competitive as possible." The watch features an OLED colour display that will be avilable with different colour straps, so you can match it to your personality. More importantly, it syncs with your Android phone and lets you read messages, emails, calendar reminders as well as receive social networking updates from Twitter and Facebook. You can even reject and mute calls or accept them through a Bluetooth headset.
According to Sony, the SmartWatch is not designed to be compatible with handsets other than their own, but that could change at a later stage. The syncing is done over Bluetooth 3.0. The device can be charged via a proprietary port placed just under the clip. You will also be able to download compatible apps from the Google Play store. The main unit weighs about 15g. We still don’t know it the watch is waterproof like a standard watch although it seemed quite sturdy.
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