Samsung prepping Galaxy Gear 2 for MWC release

Samsung is working on the successor to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch with the new device likely to offer greater connectivity with devices and GPS.

Korean technology site Daum.net quotes industry sources as stating the new device is being developed with the release date likely to be early 2014 and it could be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January or Mobile World Congress in February.

The new feature rumour mill is already in full swing with the wearable likely to sport GPS, a longer battery life and be compatible with more Android smartphones across a variety of brands.

The TechKiddy blog speculates that it will be “much richer featured” and “co-operative” when compared to the incumbent Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Samsung released the first version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA 2013 in Berlin earlier this month alongside the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

The smartwatch ships with a 1.63in Super AMOLED display and a 320 x 320 resolution that runs on an 800MHz processor. Under the hood there is 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a built in microUSB port that allows it to be charged and connected to a computer. All of this is encased by a metal frame.

Inside the watch’s strap there is a 1.9-megapixel camera and there are already 70 apps that have been optimised for use on the device. When it’s released around the world on 25 September there will be six different colours available.

The Galaxy Gear will cost £299 and it’s something that angered UK consumers as US customers can pick up the device for $299, which works out at the significantly cheaper price of £191.

Phones 4U are one retailer to be stocking the smartwatch and it’s rumoured the shop will give customers buying the wearable a £100 discount, if bought at the same time as a Galaxy Note 3 on a two-year contract.