If a new report from the Korean Herald proves correct, Samsung could be gearing up to release two new wearables at Mobile World Congress this year: the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Band.
The Korean publication says that the news of Samsung’s wearables come from reports from several ‘industry watchers’ including IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo. In the analyst’s words, “Samsung is currently working on the Galaxy Gear 2, and the product will be surely released early next year”. Furthermore, an anonymous source that is ‘close to Samsung’ says that the Gear 2 will likely be unveiled at MWC, alongside the Galaxy Band.
So what do we know about the two wearables? First, the Galaxy Gear 2 is said to feature a flexible OLED display. Aside from that, we imagine the Gear will work to address some of the issues that have plagued the first-generation watch since its launch.
As for the Galaxy Band, this is reportedly a health wristband that can monitor your pulse and blood pressure. It would also have fitness purposes in a manner similar to devices like the Nike Fuelband.
So let’s recap: Today’s rumor claims there will be two Samsung wearable devices at MWC. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Korean publications Duam and Korea Herald reported yesterday that LG was gearing up to release a smartwatch and fitness band at MWC under the names G Arch and G Health (respectively).
So could the two Korean rival companies both be preparing very similar devices for unveiling at MWC? Considering the company rivalry and the fact that LG often seems to follow Samsung’s example when it comes to product design, it’s certainly possible.
On the other hand, Samsung generally saves its big news events for special Unpacked events. Two new Samsung wearables certainly sounds like the kind of news the Korean giant would want to reveal at their own event instead of just as “side news” to what is already going on at MWC.
For now, we’d take the entire report with a hefty chunk of salt. Either way, we should know more by Mobile World Congress, which is slated for February 24th through the 27th in Barcelona, Spain.