MWC 2014: Samsung Gear new smart wearable offers more use cases

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo – two latest smart watches announced today – are expected to stabilize the Korean device vendor’s dominance in wearable market.

Samsung accounted for the majority of smart band shipments in the first half of 2013, according to Canalys market estimates.

“Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear with a major marketing push that gained significant consumer interest. Shipments of the device took Samsung to the top of the smart band category, though disappointing sell-through will necessitate more promotional activity in coming months,” said Chris Jones, VP and principal analyst at Canalys.

Basic band vendors have greater wearable expertise and have shipped greater numbers to date, but smart bands are already growing faster. Increasingly, smart bands will adopt basic band features as the two categories converge.

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices have standalone features such as controlling electronic products including TV, STB through WatchON Remote application in their own home with an embedded IrLED sensor.

The addition of a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset enables people to enjoy their music on the go, while keeping smartphone at home.

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.

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 neo wearables

Samsung Gear 2 comes with display of 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320) AP.

They run on 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor and powered by Tizen based wearable platform. Gear 2 features 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960) camea while Gear 2 Neo does not have a camera.

Camera features include Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature

Fitness features part of the two wearables are Heart Rate sensor, Pedometer and Exercise.

Basic features are Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification (SMS, E-mail, Apps), Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather, etc.

Downloadable features include Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings and Voice Memo.

Gear 2 comes with strap options like Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange, while Gear 2 Neo has Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange.

512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory are the added attractions.

Standard Li-ion battery of 300mAh offers typical usage for 2-3 days and low usage up to 6 days.

Anand B



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