Samsung has kicked off Mobile World Congress by stepping up its wearable tech proposition by revealing two new smartwatches.
The Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, which will be the first smartwatch devices to be powered by the Korean manufacturer’s own Tizen platform, are likely to be available worldwide from April, although a UK release date is not yet apparent.
Users of the smartwatches will be able to accept phone calls, receive notifications, and will even be able to control other devices such as televisions and set-top boxes. Cameras will be located on the screen rather than the strap, and both the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo will have 1.63 inch super AMOLED screens and 1 GHz Dual Core Processors.
Samsung vice-president of IT and mobile division, Simon Stanford, said: ‘Samsung continues to lead in the wearable technology market with innovative, creative devices that are completely integrated into the lives of our customers. Offering extended connectivity features, stylish customisation options and a robust application network, we have enhanced everything that people love about the original Samsung Gear to create a second generation of wearable devices that offer unparalleled smart freedom.’