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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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curious about the battery life improvement
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 1:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
Since the battery is smaller and the processor is faster, I am wondering where the big boost is coming from. Is it the screen? Lower power Bluetooth? Or does merely dropping Android enough to get that much more battery life?




RE: curious about the battery life improvement
By ritualm on 2/24/2014 3:16:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not buying a smartwatch that costs double the retail price of a Pebble, performs worse and cannot be used with anything that's not a Samsung.


RE: curious about the battery life improvement
By jimbojimbo on 2/24/2014 10:21:11 AM , Rating: 2
So you're not getting the original Galaxy Gear. You don't know anything about this phone yet except the price.


By ritualm on 2/24/2014 2:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
2-3 days battery life? Oh please. Pebble lasts longer than that.

Now, if I ever want to be D1ck Tracy, I can simply fly to Hong Kong and buy a full blown wristwatch smartphone, Android and all, for about the same price as a Galaxy Gear.


By tayb on 2/24/2014 9:22:16 AM , Rating: 2
I am betting that most of the power saving comes from dropping Android. It's a really bloated OS right now that needs some effort from Google to improve efficiency.


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