Just a day before the official Samsung Unpacked 5 event here in Barcelona (and at a really early time in the morning whilst we are sleeping), Samsung have announced two new smartwatches to upgrade their Galaxy Gear range.
First off is the main flagship watch, the Gear 2. It features a 1.63 inch (320 x 320 pixel) display using AMOLED technology which is great in sunlight and for saving battery.
Once again there is a 2 megapixel camera which records 720p video but is now positioned on the watch itself instead of on the strap which was always awkward, and now means you can change the straps if you want too
Powering the Gear 2 is a 1GHz Dual-Core processor, 4GB of storage and Tizan OS instead of Android which was on the original Gear.
There are also a whole load of sensors including a heart rate monitor and exercise apps which are great for the active person always on the go.
The Gear Neo is the same device in specification but drops the camera and also some weight. Just in case you see no point of having a camera on your wrist.
Both the Gear 2 and Gear Neo come with a 300mAh battery and Samsung predict you will get 2-3 days with normal use and 6 days with low use.
Launch times around the world for both products is April this year.
We will be bringing you our hands-on thoughts and all the details of these two new watches during MWC all next week so stay tuned for much more.
Samsung Offers Unmatched Freedom and Style with the Next Generation of Gear device
Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level. The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers enhanced connectivity and a completely integrated approach for the most personal wearable experience.
“Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem,” Said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”
The next generation of mobile freedom
Samsung achieved a significant improvement as a leading smart wearable provider with Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both devices offer a lightweight design with premium finishes that reflect modern trends.
A Camera is equipped to a main body instead to strap, making the Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion. Consumers are now available to express their mood or coordinate with their outfit with modern and sophisticated strap color options including Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear2 and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for Gear2 Neo. The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect their personal taste.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits.
Both devices act as an extension of a consumer’s daily life, offering users more control of their lives with standalone features, such as controlling electronic products such as TV, settop box through WatchON Remote application in their own home with an embedded IrLED sensor. The addition of a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset means people can leave their smartphone at home and still enjoy their music on the go.
Both devices also offer personal fitness coaching in real time, allowing users to develop a customizable fitness routine and monitor their heart rate in order to improve their overall well-being.
Finally, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo let users connect to a wide variety of Samsung devices and access an enriched application ecosystem as the first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform. Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are compatible with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.
Samsung Gear 2 Product Specifications:
|1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)|
|1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor|
|Tizen based wearable platform|
Gear 2 : 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)
Gear 2 Neo : N/A
|Codec: H.264, H.263Format: 3GP, MP4HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording|
|Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/VorbisFormat: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG|
|Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature|
1.Heart Rate sensor
Standalone Modes: Running, Walking
Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking
4.Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)
Music Player with Bluetooth® Headset and Speaker
WatchON Remote: Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor
– Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps)
Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather
– Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo
– Gear 2 : Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange
– Gear 2 Neo : Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
|Samsung Services||Samsung Apps|
Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
|Gear 2 : 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g|
|Gear 2 Neo : 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g|
Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh
Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days