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Sony starts U.S. sales of SmartWatch 2, and Xperia Z Ultra and Z1 smartphones

Unlocked and waterproof Sony smartphones are priced from $650; SmartWatch 2 costs $200

October 15, 2013 11:07 AM ET

Computerworld - Sony Tuesday began selling its unlocked and waterproof Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 smartphones in the U.S., as well as its $200 SmartWatch 2.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

The three products are all listed as available now for pre-order at Sony's online store. The delivery date remains uncertain, although Sony did say the products are now available at some select retailers that it didn't identify.

The 6.4-in. Z Ultra sells for $649.99 for an HSPA+ wireless model, and $679.99 for an LTE wireless model in black, white or purple. The 6-in. Xperia Z1 sells for $669.99 over HSPA+ in the same colors only.

The second-generation SmartWatch 2, which sports a 1.6-in. display, is priced at $199.95. The new device costs $100 less than Samsung's first generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The Samsung watch must be paired with some Galaxy smartphones from Samsung. Smartwatch 2 can pair with any Android 4.0 and later smartphone, according to Sony.

The Z Ultra, the only waterproof smartphone with a full HD display, is also large in size, if slim. At 7.06 x 3.62. x 0.25 in. and 7.5 ounces, it ranks larger than several large smartphone and phablet devices while nearly the same size of many smaller tablets.

Z Ultra runs Android 4.2 and features a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm quad core processor. It also supports writing and sketching on the display using a pencil and some select styluses and pens. An 8 megapixel rear camera is matched with a 2 megapixel front camera.

The full specs are on the Sony Web site.

Sony SmartWatch 2
The Sony SmartWatch 2.

The Z1 is bolstered by a 20.7 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. It also runs Android 4.2 and a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad Core processor.

Overall, the Z1 is 5.68 x 2.9 x 0.33 inches and weighs nearly 6 ounces. A full range of specs are on the Sony Web site.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at Twitter@matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed Hamblen RSS. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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