Latest wearable devices from Samsung – the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo & Gear Fit
Despite a largely unimpressed reception to the Galaxy Gear – Samsung’s first Smartwatch, which was released last September – it would seem the tech giant are still keen to make headway in the emerging market of wearable technology with news that they will release 2 new smartwatches and are hopping on the fitness tracker bandwagon as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Neo
Like the original Galaxy Gear, both new Smartwatches work as an accessory to the users Smartphone providing on-wrist notifications from apps, texts, emails, and (unlike most other available Smartwatches) the ability to make and receive calls. What’s new is an integrated music player that will work independently (ie. you can listen to music while you’re out jogging and leave your phone behind); an upgraded 1 GHz dual core processor; and Samsung’s own OS – Tizen – rather than Android. Samsung claims that the change in OS will deliver a battery life up to 3 times longer than the first generation.
The Quantified Self
The Quantified Self movement has been around for a few years now and has been finding traction in the market of wearable technology. Fitness trackers took off in a big way last year and despite releasing a fitness band alongside their two new smartwatches; the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have adopted built-in health sensors including: heart rate monitors, pedometers and sleep monitoring.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit
Whilst the Samsung Gear Fit doesn’t have the camera, microphone or speaker the Gear 2’s have; it is a pretty Smart fitness band that can still send all your notifications and alerts from your Smartphone. The band boasts a rectangular AMOLED touchscreen panel, which allows it to be worn around your wrist whilst providing enough screen space to read and use functions easily.
Price & release
All three products are set to be available from next month but Samsung have been reticent when it has come to the pricing leading some to speculate that consumers will be disappointed. Keep posted in coming weeks for more news, and full reviews upon release.