Sunday, 23 February 2014

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 And Galaxy Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch Unveiled (PICTURES)

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 And Galaxy Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch Unveiled (PICTURES)
Feb 23rd 2014, 04:23, by Michael Rundle
Samsung has announced its next generation smart watch - just six months after unveiling the previous one.

The Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo feature a new, lighter and thinner design, have built-in heart rate monitors and run a version of Samsung's own 'Tizen' OS instead of Android.

The smartwatches were announced ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


The new Galaxy Gear comes in two versions - the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo.

Both are similar devices, featuring the same 1.6-inch 320x320 pixels display, Tizen OS and a focus on fitness tracking. Both are able to make and receive calls via the built-in speaker and microphone, and a Bluetooth connection with your Samsung device (12 specific devices are compatible at launch), and are packed with sensors including heart-rate monitors so you can track everything from your movements and sleep, as well - according to Samsung - as your stress levels.

But the Neo lacks the GG2's camera, which this time around is placed on the watch's screen rather than the strap. We assume the lack of a camera makes the Neo the cheaper option, though prices are not yet available.

The key features include:

  • Range of (changeable) strap colours (Gold, Black and Orange for the Gear 2, and Black, Grey and Orange for the Gear 2 Neo).

  • 2 megapixel camera (in the GG2) with 720p, 30fps video

  • WatchON Remote with IR blaster for controlling a TV

  • Standalone music player with Bluetooth headset

  • 1Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM

  • Real-time fitness coaching

  • Heart rate monitor

  • Pedometer

  • Flashlight, Calculator and 'Quick Settings' apps

  • 4GB internal memory

  • 2-3 days battery

The original Galaxy Gear was arguably a brave first stab at wearable tech for Samsung, but faced lukewarm reviews and sales on its release last October.

Critics focused on the bulky form factor, poor battery life and lack of key features including integration with Gmail and social media. Later software updates improved the functionality, but Samsung has apparently decided to cut its losses and move on to a new device as soon as possible.

READ MORE: Galaxy Gear (Original) Review

In a press release Simon Stanford, VP of IT and mobile at Samsung, said:

"Samsung continues to lead in the wearable technology market with innovative, creative devices that are completely integrated into the lives of our customers. Offering extended connectivity features, stylish customisation options and a robust application network, we have enhanced everything that people love about the original Galaxy Gear to create a second generation of wearable devices that offer unparalleled smart freedom."

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