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Samsung confirms launch of new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo smartwatches at MWC 2014

Samsung has just unveiled its latest pair of mobile devices: the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches.

Both watches are IP67 certified and pack a 1.63in 320 x 320 resolution super AMOLED display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, a 1GHz dual core processor and a 300mAh battery, as well as a number of fitness features, including a heart rate sensor and pedometer. As expected, the wristbound products are the first Samsung products to pack the South Korean firm's own-brand Tizen software.

While the Gear 2 will measure in at 36.9 x 58.4 x 10.0mm, weighing 68g, the Gear 2 Neo will slightly larger but lighter, at 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm and 55g. The former will also carry a 2-megapixel camera, while that of the latter device is so far unknown.

Simon Stanford, the VP of Samsung UK and Ireland's IT and mobile division, said, "Offering extended connectivity features, stylish customisation options and a robust application network, we have enhanced everything that people love about the original Galaxy Gear to create a second generation of wearable devices that offer unparalleled smart freedom."

In reality, there wasn't much about the original Samsung smartwatch that consumers took a shining for. Late last year, it was reported that 30 per cent of North American buyers had returned the device to stores (opens in new tab).

Both of the new devices, which will be compatible with over 12 Galaxy smartphones - probably the new Galaxy S5 too (opens in new tab) - at launch, will allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, as well as receive a range of notifications.

Samsung is really trying to talk up the watches' customisation and style features, dubbing them "an extension of your daily life." While the Gear 2 will come with black, brown and orange strap colour options, the Gear 2 Neo will offer up black, grey and orange. the home screen, clock face and font are also changeable.

Both watches will ship around the world from the beginning of April.

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.