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Samsung smart watches upstage other wearables at MWC

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Samsung with its two smart watches vaulted ahead for the wearables segment at the Mobile World Congress 2014, where great selections of products were showcased.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are nearly identical, except that the Gear 2 ditches Android for Samsung's own Tizen OS. Similar to the Android-based Galaxy Gear, the interface of the two smart watches says nothing about the OS distinction. Whereas Samsung was sure to say it wants to feature Tizen more prominently across its product mix. CNN, Expedia, eBay, Evernote, Feedly, Path, PayPal, and The Weather Channel are among the apps that Samsung says will be available at launch, different from the 80 that were included in the original Gear.

The hardware features a 1.63in touch screen with 320x320 pixels, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and a 300mAh battery that's good for several days of use. Unlike the original, Samsung built the Gear 2's camera into the body of the watch itself, rather than the strap. That means the strap can be interchanged, allowing owners to personalise their device a bit. The watch also includes an IR port and a remote control application for home theatre equipment. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo (which doesn't have a camera) will be available worldwide in April. Pricing wasn't announced.

As promised, LG fully revealed the G Pro 2 and G2 Mini. It had already previewed both devices earlier in the month. The G Pro 2, in particular, is a classy addition to LG's smartphone line-up. The G2 Mini is a smaller, less-thrilling version of LG's G2 flagship smartphone from last year. It is lesser in almost every way (screen, resolution, processor, memory, camera, etc.). Both will reach the US later this year.

Huawei had a ton of gear on deck. The two most significant pieces of hardware were the Ascend G6 smartphone and the TalkBand wearable.

- Eric Zeman

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