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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: What a niche market..
By BRB29 on 2/24/2014 7:09:15 AM , Rating: 1
I've tried the watch from both Sony and Samsung. They both suck. You look down right silly with that bulky thing on your wrist. Definitely not something an adult professional would wear. Then you realize how extremely silly your decision to pay $300 for a clunky thing on your wrist was.

The only way the wrist watch will work is if they made it thin enough with at least a 3 in" screen. It's a touch interface, you need 3" screens or higher unless you got tiny chopsticks for fingers.

I can definitely see these watches becoming mainstream when they start using flexible screens to get more real estate on your wrist/forearm. Right now, it's a silly toy with limited function.


RE: What a niche market..
By piroroadkill on 2/24/2014 8:45:20 AM , Rating: 2
How the hell can it have a 3" screen AND not be bulky.

Literally not possible. Even the screen was flexible, that thing would be wide.


RE: What a niche market..
By BRB29 on 2/24/2014 9:29:55 AM , Rating: 2
Look at the LG Flex phone. The screen is about 1mm thick, flexible and can work without all that bulk behind it. The watch doesn't need a big battery, powerful processors, mass amounts of memory or all the extra stuff like GPS. The phone can simply do all those tasks and the watch just display it.

In fact, I think the ipod touch is about the same thickness as the Samsung watch. I'm 100% sure they can make the ipod half the thickness easily sine it's old tech.

Making a thin flexible watch to attach to your forearm rather than just a looking like a traditional watch is a better idea. I'm 100% sure you will see this in the future when they can build SoCs with 16GB of flash memory shrink down to a the size of half penny. This is actually already possible but it is not ready for mass production due to price!


RE: What a niche market..
By Dr of crap on 2/24/2014 12:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
POP up hologram for a display and interface.
AND the same size as one of those "big" watches they have now.
THAT's when it will be useful.
Until then no thanks.


RE: What a niche market..
By jimbojimbo on 2/24/2014 10:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
3" screen? Also, a lot of men wear huge watches already and it seems to have long been the trendy thing. With a 3" screen, assuming it's curved otherwise it would absolutely ridiculous, you'd basically be wearing a huge bracelet. Utterly ridiculous.
By the way you bring up a 1mm thin screen but you do realize that screens just don't run themselves right? Right?


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