Samsung announced their Galaxy Gear smart watch a few months back, more precisely in September last year. Though the watch is getting a mixed response, it is yet to take off in the smart watch market. Now the Korean maker officially unwrapped a sequel for the same, but surprisingly Samsung introduced not one but two new smart watches, Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Did you note that the “Galaxy” branding is absent in their latest iteration of smart watch and the reason is Galaxy, a brand name exclusively used by Samsung in their Android powered devices, and in Gear 2 smart watches, Samsung ditches the Android OS, in the favor of their own Tizen OS. But still, the watches keep the same design aesthetics of the Galaxy Gear, and compatible with the Android powered smartphones, though the device is entirely different under the hood.
As we noted, Samsung introduced two new smart watches Gear2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both the devices offer enhanced features than the original version. Though the Gear 2 Neo is a step down version of Gear 2, it is not that much cheaper as you may expect, rather it is just a lighter and camera free version of Gear 2 and maintains almost all the similar features.
Now coming to the features, The Gear 2 smart watches offer a 1.6″ 320 x 320 pixel Super AMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 etc. The watch also packs IR ports that turn the device as the universal remote to use with your TV and other devices.
It is coming with IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Samsung has included a number of health and fitness related software tweaks in their latest smart watches like heart rate sensor, sleep and exercise tracking capabilities, pedometer etc.
Samsung hasn’t announced the exact availability details of the device, but Samsung says that the devices will start rolling out around April this year, but there is no idea on the pricing of the device.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo specifications
|Display||1.6″ Super AMOLED (320×320)|
|Processor||1GHz dual-core processor|
|Camera||2MP Auto focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960) in Gear 2, No camera in Gear 2 Neo|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Ir LED|
|Video||Codec: H.264, Format : 3GP, MP4, HD(720p, @30fps), Playback and recording|
|Audio||Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis, Format: MP3, P4A, AAc, OGG|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate|
|Storage||4GB internal memory|
|Battery||Li-ion 300 mAh battery|
|OS||Tizen based wearable platform|
|Dimension||Gear 2: 36.9×58.4×10.0 mm, 68g, Gear 2 Neo: 37.9×58.8×10.0mm, 55g|
|Color Options||Gear 2: Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange, Gear 2 Neo: Charcoal Black, Mocha Gray and Wild Orange|