It doesn’t look like wearables will take a backseat, especially when the device that epitomizes the segment, gets a new model. Samsung Galaxy Gear has just moved into second generation, with the introduction of Galaxy Gear 2. But at the Mobile World Congress 2014, not one but two variants have been announced for this, namely Galaxy Gear 2 and the lighter version, Galaxy Gear Neo.
And it’s not just the name that has seen an update! On the design front, the watch looks thinner and while it retains the square face, the 2-megapixel camera’s position has changed on the Galaxy Gear 2. The straps are textured and will be available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange colors.
Specs wise, both of them run Samsung Tizen OS, and not Android. The camera is a 2-megapixel unit and will be available only the Galaxy Gear 2 and not on the Galaxy Gear Neo. Both derive power from a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. The screen remains a 1.63-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320×320 pixels while the internal memory is 4GB. The battery is smaller at 300mAh.
Addition to all that, the wearable device now gets an IrLED to control TVs. It also gets a heart rate sensor and the ability to be used as a standalone music player.
Both the Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear Neo will be available in April but pricing is yet to be announced.