The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 may already be in the works, according to a Korean publication. The same source speculates that the follow-up to the recently-unveiled Samsung smartwatch may be unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) or Mobile World Congress (MWC) next year. CES 2014 is scheduled in January whereas MWC will happen the month after.
It is suggested that Samsung may be developing its next smartwatch following the lukewarm reception that it had gotten over the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Purportedly, the less-than-enthusiastic response was due to several reasons. One, the smartwatch is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3; two, the device does not come with a long-lasting battery; and three, the smartwatch is deemed pricey given that it depends much on another device.
The publication reveals, however, that the original Samsung Galaxy Gear was released to give the manufacturer insights on the market. Samsung, it claims, will use such information to develop the next smartwatch, which will allegedly have more features and better compatibility. The source says that the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 could, for one, sport a GPS chip.
Others, however, believe that Samsung released the smartwatch early to beat its fierce rival, Apple. The Cupertino company is also expected to release a smartwatch sometime around the middle part of 2014. Meanwhile, other manufacturers have released smartwatches into the market. These include Sony, Pebble, I’mWatch, and Fossil, to name a few.
To review, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch revealed earlier this month offers an 800 MHz processor, 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB of internal memory, 512 MB of RAM, Bluetooth v 4.0 + BLE, an accelerometer, gyroscope, 315mAh Li-ion battery, 10 preloaded clock options, and features such as S Voice, Pedometer, Find My Device, and Auto Lock.
The information published by the Korean media supports the statement that Samsung gave following the Galaxy Gear launch regarding its plans to continue working on the product line. It had been speculated that Samsung could introduce a bigger display and more powerful hardware on future iterations of the Galaxy Gear.