Samsung takes wraps off two new smartwatches


Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo to go on sale globally in April and will be compatible with more than a dozen Galaxy smartphones at launch

Samsung has unveiled two new smartwatches – the Gear 2 (pictured) and Gear 2 Neo. They join the Galaxy Gear, which was released alongside the Galaxy Note 3 last September in the manufacturer’s smartwatch portfolio.

The announcements come on the eve of Mobile World Congress, with Samsung expected to launch the Galaxy S5 tomorrow night.

They will be available globally from April and be compatible with more than a dozen Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch. Details on UK pricing and availability will be announced in due course.

Both are powered by a 1GHz processor and are based on the Tizen wearable platform, enabling Bluetooth calls, text messages, media control, calendar and Samsung’s voice recognition service S Voice when connected to a compatible Samsung device.

They have a 1.63-inch screen, a camera on the screen rather than the strap, HD video playback and recording, music player with a Bluetooth headset and speaker, as well as WatchON remote application, which lets the user control other electronic products in the home, such as a TV or a set-top box, through the embedded IrLED feature.

Both are also IP67 certified dust and water resistant, include noise cancellation technology, have 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 300mAh battery that Samsung said provides 2-3 days of typical use. They also offer personal fitness coaching to the user, including a heart rate sensor and pedometer.

The Gear 2 weighs 68g compared to the 55g weight of the Gear 2 Neo and has a two megapixel camera as opposed to the Gear 2 Neo, which doesn’t include a camera.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will both come in black and orange. The former will be available in brown, whilst the latter will also come in grey.