File-It-Under: Wearable Tech By: D.Skin
As the title states its official there will be second edition of the Samsung smartwatch,dubbed the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Samsung made their official announcement at the Mobile World Congress yesterday which takes place in Barcelona. Rare in the tech industry would you see a second generation device be release so early,five months removed from the Samsung Galaxy Gear. The hardware in these new smart watches aren't the big story(we'll get to the hardware later), the big story is Samsung will no longer use Android OS instead the Gear 2 and Neo will for now on run Tizen operating system on its wearable's. Tizen is an open source OS to which Samsung has invested an abundance of cash into the little known mobile operating system.
The two new smartwatches revealed by Samsung the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are absolutely refined from the original Galaxy Gear,we already know about how Samsung switching from Android to Tizen mobile OS,but what about its hardware? Lets take an in depth look at the specs.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will each have a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 Super AMOLED display and will operate on a Samsung-led Tizen that will be placed on a 1GHz dual-core processor(processor name unknown to me at this moment). The difference in the two smartwatches is the Neo will lack the creepy camera that is currently present in the Galaxy Gear. The Gear 2 on the other hand will still have the creepy camera that will come in a form of a 2-megapixel shooter that will be embedded onto its main body of the smartwatch,not on the straps which of course benefits users who want to switch from the defaulted straps.
Both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will have 512MB of memory and 4GB of internal storage, along with Bluetooth 4.0 LE which will allow you to sync up with your smartphone and tablet,infrared for controlling a TV, an rate sensor. The Gear 2 Neo will have a fitness mode feature that will track heart activity,steps running and walking.
Pre-loaded apps will include SMS/email/app notification, calendar, S voice, stop watch,a timer, weather forecast and finally media control.There is also Samsung's own ChatON messaging service,voice memo,quick settings control and you can turn your smartwatch into a flashlight.
Pricing of the new wearable tech gadgets have not been confirmed by Samsung,there are reports that the new gen smartwatches will dawn the market for sale in April. With new improved features integrated on these new generation smartwatches from Samsung,will it entice you buy? Tell me what you think,drop the comment in the box below.