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Samsung's new smartwatches boost battery life from 24 hours to up to three days

The original Galaxy Gear smartwatch wasn’t exactly a hit on the market, but the company is looking to make a bigger splash with two next generation versions of the platform.
 
The first big change is the fact that the “Galaxy” branding has been dropped. The two smartwatches that Samsung is announcing instead will be called the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The rejection of the Galaxy branding explains the second big change: Android has been replaced by Samsung’s home-brewed Tizen operating system.
 
Samsung hasn’t exactly explained the differences users will see between Android and Tizen on the new Gear 2 smartwatches, but we’ll likely see some further explanations closer to their April release date.


Samsung Gear 2
 
When it comes to hardware specs, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo differ slightly. They both feature a 1.63” display, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 300 mAh battery, infrared support, S Voice, pedometer, and a heart rate monitor. Where things differ slightly is the fact that the Gear 2 features a 2MP camera built into the bezel, while the Gear 2 Neo forgoes the camera altogether.
 
In addition, the Gear weighs 68 grams whereas the Gear 2 Neo weighs 55 grams. They both, however, are lighter than the original Galaxy Gear, which weighs 74 grams. The Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange, while the Gear 2 Neo gets Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange color options.


Samsung Gear 2 Neo
 
Even though the battery capacity has been reduced on the new smartwatches (300 mAh versus 315 mAh on the original) and a faster processor is in use (1GHz vs 800MHz on the original), battery life has improved dramatically. While the original was lucky to achieve “typical usage” of 24 hours, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are rated for 2 to 3 days.
 
Pricing for the two smartwatches isn’t known at this time, but hopefully Samsung will learn from its mistake of pricing the original at $299.

Source: Samsung



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RE: Gear is finally worth buying
By name99 on 2/23/2014 1:23:37 PM , Rating: 1
uhh, what????
Which EXACTLY of these changes "finally makes it attractive"?
You though the previous Gear was great, but the Galaxy branding upset you?
You really wanted a 1GHz "unspecified" core?
You wanted the camera to move from one useless location to a different almost as useless location?

People have many many complaints with these devices, and I don't see ANY of them resolved. Battery life is still bad. Killer feature still seems non-existent. If they CAN work with anything other than a narrow range of Samsung phones, that hasn't been made public. etc etc.


RE: Gear is finally worth buying
By Flunk on 2/24/2014 12:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe he was just waiting for the opportunity to buy an orange one?


RE: Gear is finally worth buying
By jimbojimbo on 2/24/2014 10:33:47 AM , Rating: 2
Well the battery life is 2 to 3 times better and it is lighter. Also, the camera isn't sticking out like it did before so it's a little more streamlined.
I was only slightly interested in the original, like $50 interested, but if this goes on sale for $200 it'll be tempting. I'm curious how the heart rate detector works and how well it will work. Does it have to be tightly strapped? It'll be interesting to see. How sensitive is it? Would it be able to detect slight abnormalities? OK, probably not that sensitive but who knows?


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