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Samsung May Unveil Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Band at MWC

Those unsure whether to pull the trigger on a Galaxy Gear have good reason for hesitancy; in our review of Samsung’s wearable, we found the device wanting for the $299 asking price. That being said, the Korea-based company is apparently selling the smartwatch at a steady clip, so logic dictates a successor be released. According to a report in the Korean Herald, Samsung intends to unveil such a device at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, along with a health-focused accessory intended strictly for monitoring vitals.

The tentatively named Galaxy Gear 2 will probably do little to satisfy implacable critics of wearables, but the inclusion of a curved OLED screen should interest Galaxy phone and tablet owners in the market for a new smartwatch. Details of the device are otherwise lacking, but it’ll ostensibly include other hardware and software improvements.

As for the exercise accessory, the so-called Galaxy Band will apparently measure heart rate and blood pressure, providing instant feedback on the efficacy of a workout. It will additionally act as a “smart pedometer” (think the Nike Fuelband or Jawbone Up), and almost certainly interface with the S Health app that comes pre-installed on many Galaxy devices.

According to a Korean Herald source, Samsung intends to launch the Galaxy Gear 2 “early next year”. The question is, who will buy it?

Via: Korea Herald
  • Jeff

    Waterproof or another flop. Sorry but $300 for a watch that is trash if it rains is a no go. New feature “it measures BP and heart rate until you sweat… then it replaces a basketball as you shoot it toward the trash”

  • jeffroks

    Excessive verbal embellishments exhibit indifference for your target audience. Write to be understood, not to impress, please.

  • chris_johns

    you can get a decent michael kors or a tissot for 300 bucks and you know, not look like an idiot…just saying…you want to check your messages, pick up your phone

  • callumshell1

    I think you mean the 2014 MWC

  • hoosiercub88

    Please no.

  • reyalP

    I just hope it will help me pick up even more pretty ladies!

  • ki11ak3nn

    I’m also waiting on the next Gear. If they put a bigger battery, Google Now support, and better media integration (being able to select track to play instead of just forward, backward, and pause/play) then I’ll get on the Gear train.

    • Tyson TJ

      Don’t you mean you’ll get GEARed up?

      • ki11ak3nn

        Hahahahaha. Yes exactly. If I wasn’t married I’d use the Gear to stalk pretty women too.

  • Rob Barone

    Make the damn thing water proof and scratch resistant and then it may be more sensible to justify the ridiculous price on something like that.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Oh geee, let’s tell that to Qualcomm also.

  • Mike Strollo

    I’m very happy with mine ever since flashing null rom.

  • Neil Fujiwara

    Samsung has amazing market penetration. Even a device like the laughed at Galaxy Gear may have sold more than the Moto X…

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      It’s called being rich and doing whatever you want with $$$$

  • Jason Parr

    I couldn’t get myself to pull the trigger. Maybe the next iteration will do more to justify the cost. Good idea just needs more functionality.

    • Couldn’t agree more with you Jason. Only if the starting price is half of what is offered, I could have bought it to partner with my Note 3.

      • Jason Parr

        For me money wasn’t necessarily the issue. I actually had the money saved up for it. Then I messed with it in store and was like…… Yeah, never mind!

        • Haha.. Had the same reaction in store. Can live without it. Better off getting a Swiss-made watch. 🙂

  • BHuber09

    Literally just bought one when it was only 200.. Guess I can turn around and sell it for no loss.

  • alex drum

    Yeezus is free on the play store!

    • Intellectua1

      Yeezus sucked.. I couldn’t even waste my time downloading it for free..

      • Ej McCarty

        I pirated it and I still deleted it. I didn’t want to take a chance at having to hear that awful crap on accident

      • alex drum

        Agreed haha, just passing on the information.

  • Ej McCarty

    I better sell mine now while it’s still worth money.

    • TubbyMofo

      Too late

      • Ej McCarty

        I’d say I’ll give you it for $100 but then I figure you don’t have that much money either. So troll somewhere else

        • Michael Nash

          Are you seriously interested in selling?

          • Ej McCarty

            well yeah I’m selling the gear and note 3 as a set. I’m thinking about going to swappa with it.

          • Michael Nash

            Verizon? I may be interested if so…

          • Ej McCarty

            Yeah and both are in flawless condition and I also have the anker extended battery

          • Michael Nash

            How much were you thinking?

          • Ej McCarty

            Let me think about it. What’s your email

          • Michael Nash

            mnash78 Gmail

    • Ismael Camarena

      ill buy it for 100 were do u live?