After a few leaks this morning of the successors to the Galaxy Gear, Samsung decided to officially announced the product. The new set of smartwatches brings a refined design with a more subtle camera, a loss of the Galaxy branding, and a new operating system.
The first question you may be asking is what the difference is between the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo. The primary difference is the camera. The Neo does not include a camera. Other than that specs are identical with both models packing 1.63 inch touch screens, 4GB of internal storage, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and a 300 mAh battery. The Gear 2 includes a 2MP camera capable of 720p video. The Neo, as mentioned above, does not include a camera.
On the Gear 2, the design of the watch hasn’t changed tremendously from the previous version but a few refinements have been made. Most notably is the movement of the camera from the awkward mid-wrist strap position to the front of the watch. An IR blaster is also found next to that. The microphone has also been moved to the body of the device. The great thing about these changes is that this now allows owners of the device to use third-party wrist straps with the watch. The Gear 2 Neo has the same design but lacking the camera.
The decision to ditch Android in favor of Tizen is not a surprising move. Samsung even claims that it will bring an enhanced user experience and a better application ecosystem. Battery life is also said to be much better with Samsung claiming up to 3 days on a single charge. Samsung also stated that it would allow the device to be used with many more Samsung smartphones.
Pricing and availability are still unknown but we can expect to learn more over the course of MWC.