Sony's Smartband 2 is the Latest Heart Rate Tracker to Hit the Scene

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's no secret that fitness trackers are big business these days, and now Sony has just announced an update to its Smartband fitness tracker. The new one is called, rather creatively, the Smartband 2.

The new wristable had ditched the e-ink display of the original Smartband, instead going for a minimalistic design that communicates with you using a series of LEDs and vibrations. These are used to let you know about phone calls, messages, emails, and any other notifications you might need.

On the fitness side of things, the Smartband 2 counts your steps, how many calories you've burnt, and has a built-in heart rate monitor to help you get a better understanding of your fitness activity. All that data syncs over to your phone vis NFC or Bluetooth (provided it runs Android KitKat, iOS 8.2, or higher), but it also has some built-in storage for the times you'd prefer to leave your phone at home.

To top it all off the Smartband 2 has a five day battery life, is waterproof up to three metres, and a core that can be removed and placed into one of four interchangeable coloured straps.

The Smartband 2 will be launching in 60 countries next month, and while we don't have specific UK pricing yet it will be costing 119 € (£85) in mainland Europe. [Sony]