After several leaks and rumours, Samsung has finally unveiled its much-awaited next generation wearable smartwatches Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo yesterday. Both the devices are powered by Samsung’s own developed Tizen OS, instead of Google’s Android in the first iteration of Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Announcing the devices, Samsung has revealed that both the Gear 2 variants will be available starting April globally in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown (only for Gear 2), Wild Orange and Mocha Grey (only for Gear 2 Neo) colour options. The company hasn’t disclosed the pricing for the devices yet, but hope Samsung will priced the devices very wisely to compete with likes of Pebble and anticipated competition from Apple as well as some other global manufacturers like HTC, ZTE etc. which is too looking forward to release similar devices in coming months.
According to the specs sheet shared by Samsung, the Gear 2 boasts 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display and packs 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, usual 4GB internal memory, 2MP AF camera capable of recording 720p video, and 300 mAh battery. Both the smartwatches come with water and dust-resistant capability, and include a host of fitness features such as Heart Rate sensor, Pedometer and much more.
Like Galaxy Gear, both the Gear 2 martwatches are companion devices which allows consumers to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits. In addition, these wearables will also let consumers control TV, set-top box through WatchON Remote application. Other features include a stand-alone music player and personal fitness app.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be compatible with more than a dozen of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch. The company has not revealed the specific device names but you can expect to see the support for popular phones.