|By Shelly Palmer||
|February 23, 2014 09:13 PM EST||
If it wasn’t clear to first-generation Galaxy Gear owners that they were beta testing a new product category for Samsung, it should be obvious now: the company has just announced not one but two follow-ups to its original smartwatch. Both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo drop Samsung’s Galaxy branding and follow the original Gear by a bare five months. Neither watch’s key specs differ all that much from the first Gear. Both of them have 1.63-inch 320×320 AMOLED displays, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, and an IR blaster, all identical to the first-generation watch. The biggest internal difference is probably a 1.0GHz dual-core SoC of unspecified make (one of Samsung’s own Exynos chips seems like a good bet), an upgrade from the 800MHz single-core chip from the first Gear.