Last year, Korean giant Samsung announced their first wearable device, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and well, the watch didn’t get a great response from the buyers thanks to varies reason from its bulky nature design, not-so-good battery life and more. But today, after a gap of just 5 months, the company has announced the launch of the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatches which it plans to showcase at the Mobiel World Congress 2014 which is about to kick off in Barcelona, Spain.
You might be wondering about the absence of the ‘Galaxy’ branding from both the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo and this is because both the smartwatches runs on Samsung’s very own Tizen OS and not on Google powered Android OS which the original Galaxy Gear ran on. Samsung has said that powering its new smartwatches on Tizen OS has allowed it to give users a long battery backup of about 2-3 days in comparison to almost half of that on the Galaxy Gear.
Going by the specifications, the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo both run on a 1 GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512 MB RAM, come with about 4 GB of internal storage, have a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels while being water and dust resistant with Ingress IP67 certification, which is great. Only difference between the two is that the Gear 2 has a 2 megapixel camera on the top of the watch (and is thankfully not on the strap of the watch as on the Galaxy Gear) while the latter lacks the camera. The battery is pegged at 300 mAh.
Samsung has included S Voice, a pedometer and also heart rate monitor into the smartwatches for making use of an array of health related apps. The Samsung Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal black, Gold brown and Wild orange while the Samsung Gear 2 Neo will be available in Mocha Grey colour too. Samsung plans to start selling the smartwatches starting in April and the company has not shared any details on the pricing but we should hear more on it in a couple of days.
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