Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Sunday February 23, 2014.
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It was rumored recently that Samsung would release an early successor to its Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, and those rumors have proven truthful with an announcement late last night that Samsung has two new editions of the Gear, both running Tizen OS instead of Android. The switch in operating systems is why there's no "Galaxy" branding in either product's name, and it will also raise questions about app compatibility. Samsung isn't answering those questions just yet, but the company has released other details about its new watches.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo are departures from the odd design of the Galaxy Gear. The watches now have swappable wristbands that can be changed so that it won't clash with clothing choices. A 2-megapixel camera with auto-focus has been moved into the body of the device rather than the strap. The main body is also slimmer with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display (320×320 resolution). A 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of internal storage package handle the main performance duties. A 300 mAh battery promises 2 to 3 days of normal use, and 6 days under "low" usage conditions.
The two watches are identical save for the Gear 2 Neo lacking a camera and having different dimensions. The Gear 2 Neo measures 37.9 x 58.8 x 10mm and weighs 55g; The Gear 2 is 36.9 x 58.4 x 10.mm and weighs 68g. Other than that, the two smart devices both have:
- Heart rate sensor, pedometer, and apps for running, walking, cycling, or hiking
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE with phone calls or music playing through a speaker
- IP67 dust and water resistance
- Video played in H.264, H.263, 3GP, MP4, and audio in MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
- Video recorded in 720p at 30fps
Samsung says that the Gear 2 and Gear Neo will go on sale beginning in April. The watches will be compatible with Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The Gear 2 will be sold in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange. The Gear 2 Neo will be sold in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey, and Wild Orange.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.