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Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Gear Smartwatches
As well as launching the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 at last week's Mobile World Congress, Samsung also unveiled two brand new smartwatches. The smartwatches - called the Gear 2 and Gear Neo - will officially be launched next month and are the latest in Samsung's collection of smartwatches following on from the original Galaxy Gear which made its debut in September 2013.
Both the Gear 2 and Gear Neo are currently compatible with a large range of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. They'll run on a Tizen-based operating system rather than on Android and feature a 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen and a dual-core 1GHz processor. The upgraded smartwatches once hooked up to a compatible Samsung smartphone will enable calls via Bluetooth, text, play music, access their calendar and use Samsung's S Voice (voice recognition service). The new Gear smartwatches can also be used as a remote control for your TV or set-top box thanks to the WatchON remote feature and you can also watch video on the smartwatch screen.
Both smartwatches come with a built-in heart monitor, a pedometer and include exercise modes and sleep monitoring.
The Gear 2 is slightly heavier than the Gear Neo (68 grams compared to 55 grams), however the Gear 2 comes with a 2-megapixel camera which is found on the front of the watch rather than on the wristband and can capture video in 720p. Both the Gear 2 and Gear Neo come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in memory and the 300mAh battery should give between 2-3 days use between charges.
Like most new Samsung devices these days, both smartwatches are water and dust resistant to IP67 standards. The Gear 2 will be available in a choice of Gold Brown, Charcoal Black and Wild Orange and the Gear Neo will come in a Mocha Grey colour as well as in Black and Orange.