Water and dust resistant Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo powered by Tizen OS officially announced
Samsung has officially announced two new smartwatches earlier today, which are very different from the original Galaxy Gear, not in terms of look, but in terms of software and features. Dubbed as Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the devices runs on Samsung's own open-source OS Tizen, rather than Android, as rumoured. This is the reason why Samsung has ditched the Galaxy moniker, as it's no longer an Android device.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April. The Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange colours, whereas the Gear 2 Neo will be made available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange colours.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essentially the same thing, only the Neo is a tad smaller and lighter, and has no camera. Rest all the specifications of Gear 2 Neo is similar to Gear 2. Both devices are compatible with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch, specific device names are not yet revealed. Also, the smartwatches are IP67 Certified i.e. Water and Dust Resistant.
According to Samsung's press release, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo comes with an embedded IrLED sensor, offering users more control of their lives with standalone features, such as controlling electronic products such as TV and settop box through WatchON Remote application in their home.
Also, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, which allows users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user's activity and habits. The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect your personal taste. Both devices also features a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset and personal fitness app.
On the specifications front, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo comes with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display of 320 x 320 pixels resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and Tizen OS. The Gear 2 features an 2MP camera, capable of recording Full HD (1920 x 1080p) videos.
The devices also comes with 4GB internal memory, 300 mAh battery (typical usage 2~3 days, low usage up to 6 days) and Bluetooth v4.0 LE support. The Gear 2 weighs 68 grams, whereas the Gear 2 Neo weighs 55 grams.