Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (KRX:005935), the largest electronics manufacturer worldwide officially introduced its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches powered by Tizen operating system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, February 22.
In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, the South Korean electronics manufacturer said the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches will be available in the market on April. The devices are compatible with majority of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones powered by the Android operating system, according to the company.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches have almost similar design compared with the first Galaxy Gear powered by Android operating system.
One distinct feature in the design of the next generation wearable devices is home button below the display, which looks like more polished than first generation smartwatch. Another variant is the position of the camera, which is now located in the main body of the Gear 2. The camera in the Galaxy Gear was located on the strap.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatcges sports a 1.63”Super Amoled display and integrated with 1GHz dual-core process, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth, accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart rate sensors.
Both wearable devices have 4GB internal memory, and its Li-ion 300mAh battery lasts within 2 to 3 days on a typical usage and up to 6 days on low usage. Both smartwatches are IP67 certified dust and water resistant and noise cancellation. The Gear 2 has a camera, but the less expensive Gear Neo 2 has no camera.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (KRX:005935) developed the Tizen operating system in collaboration with Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and other telecommunications companies including NTTDoCoMo Inc (TYO:9437) and Orange SA (ADR) (NYSE:ORAN),.
The South Korean electronics manufacturers and its partners are also planning to release a smartphone powered by the Tizen operating system, which is already integrated in some of the Samsung cameras available in the market.
According to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (KRX:005935), it “has commitment to support multiple platforms to offer consumers more choices.” The company also emphasized that will continue to collaborate with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).”