Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch arrived to a mixed reception. While hardware elements like a high quality display and integrated camera were praised, its high price and limited compatibility helped put a damper on interest. If you were hoping to get something a little different than what Samsung ultimately delivered, it sounds like you may not have that long to wait, with a new rumor suggesting that Samsung could plan to launch its follow-up smartwatch as soon as early next year.
We’ve known that Samsung is interested in one day releasing another smartwatch to follow the Galaxy Gear, but the timetable suggested here is far more advanced than we were expecting. Supposedly, Samsung wants to a get a quick assessment of the market from the start of Galaxy Gear sales, learn what it needs to, and subsequently tweak the design of this presumed Galaxy Gear 2 in time to introduce the watch at the CES or MWC in early 2014.
Honestly, that schedule sounds a little optimistic, as we’d assume that a good portion of this year’s Galaxy Gear sales will take place in and around the holiday season – not much time to make useful assessments and craft new hardware for expos in January and February. Then again, maybe Samsung already has a few designs going and just intends to use sales data to decided which to move forward with.