Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Smartwatch Rumored for Early 2014


Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch hasn’t even been released yet, but the Korean manufacturer may already be working on its next-generation follow up. According to news sources from Korea, Samsung may launch a Galaxy Gear 2 as early as 2014.

The Galaxy Gear marks Samsung’s first major step into the wearable tech space, but as of now it almost exclusively serves as a Galaxy Note 3 accessory. That won’t be the case with Samsung’s next-generation watch, however, as the report says it will be compatible with a wider range of Android devices. At the same time, an upcoming software update is expected to make the current Galaxy Gear work with other Android phones such as the Galaxy S4.

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The new Samsung smartwatch is also rumored to feature a GPS tracker and longer battery life than the current model, which only lasts for 10 hours on a single charge. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 may be unveiled at either CES 2014 in January or next year’s Mobile World Congress in February, but we’ll have to wait until Samsung makes an announcement to know for sure.

The $299 Galaxy Gear comes with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels and launches on Sept. 25. It runs on an 800MHz processor and features a 1.9-megapixel camera, a 315 mAh battery and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The fact that Samsung may release a successor to the Galaxy Gear within a few months of its launch suggests that this first generation model could essentially be a “guinea pig” for Samsung. The alleged Galaxy Gear successor could improve on issues or complaints that may arise with the first model, including the device’s short battery life and limited compatibility.

Samsung already faces stiff competition in the smartwatch space from the likes of industry rivals such as Sony, which recently announced its Smartwatch 2, and such crowd-funded gadgets as the Pebble. The wearable tech space is only expected to get more competitive in the coming months, with major tech brands such as Apple, Google and Microsoft all rumored to launch wrist-worn gadgets of their own in the near future.

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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