Mobile World Congress 2014 kicked off in all its glory yesterday. Samsung unveiled the sequel to their Galaxy Gear smartwatch ahead of their Unpacked 5 event on Sunday. This time, the company didn’t only reveal the Galaxy Gear 2, but added a few more wearable devices to its wearable line up, including the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and the fitness-oriented Galaxy Gear Fit.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo
This year, Samsung unveiled a couple of wearable devices in Barcelona. Starting with the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo, both devices offer a similar set of specifications, while the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo appears to be a budget offering. What’s surprising is both smartwatches came with a Tizen-based wearable platform, and were launched ahead of the Samsung Unpacked 5 event.
Let’s take a look at the specifications they bring at the table. Similar to its predecessor, Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo comes with a 1.63” Super AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Under the hood, it features a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Both are excellent companion devices that give users the ability to check notifications on their smartwatch, and comes with a 300mAh battery that can last up to six days on normal usage.
The major difference between them is the addition of a camera in the strap of Galaxy Gear 2. Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo also features several health-related features such as a pedometer, heart rate monitor, ability to track sleep and stress, and exercise modes.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will hit the retail shelves in charcoal black, gold brown and Wild orange colors, while the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo will be available in charcoal black, mocha grey and wild orange. There’s no word about the pricing of the smartwatches, but it will be available globally from April.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit
Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit was launched at the Unpacked 5 event alongside the highly rumored Samsung Galaxy S5. The smartwatch is touted as the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device with a screen size of 1.84-inches a resolution of 432 x 128 pixels. It measures 23.4 x 57.4 x 11.95 mm and weighs only 27 grams.
The wearable is more targeted towards people are more concerned about their fitness and comes with several health-related features, including the ability to track the number of steps walked, heart rate and sleep monitor, stopwatch, timer and exercise related modes.
It can also connect with your Galaxy smartphone through Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and provide access to notifications for incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner and several third-party apps. It will also work as a media controller, meaning you can control music on you phone using the Galaxy Gear Fit, as well as scheduling and smart relay feature.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit will hit the retail shelves in April, but the pricing details are not yet available. Hopefully, more will be available as the availability date draws closer.
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