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Samsung announces Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo


Samsung has officially announced the second-gen of Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2 alongside the new Gear 2 Neo.

The duo are the first to come with Tizen based wearable platform that is also an open-source OS like Android and developed by Samsung and Intel in conjunction with other partners.

As expected, the new OS carries the legacy of the original Galaxy Gear along with new features. The OS also makes sure the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo to work with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It improves the autonomy significantly up to 2-3 days under typical usage about 6 days under low-usage.

“Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem,” Said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics in a press release. “With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”

Both devices are slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but maintain the same design except the camera of the Gear 2, which has been moved on the body instead of the strap, while the Gear 2 Neo lacks the camera, and it shave about 13 grams less weight compared to the sibling. The shift of the camera allows you to change the smartwatch straps that’re also interchangeable.

Here’re the technical specifications of the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo:

Features Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo
Display 1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320) 1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
AP 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
OS Tizen based wearable platform Tizen based wearable platform
Camera 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960) N/A
CameraFeatures Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature N/A
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.0 LE, IrLED Bluetooth v4.0 LE, IrLED
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
Memory RAM: 512MBStorage: 4GB Internal Memory RAM: 512MBStorage: 4GB Internal Memory
Dimension 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
Battery Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAhTypical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAhTypical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
Colors Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
Price Yet to be disclosed Yet to be disclosed

By going the specs sheet, both wearable seem low-end smartphones with an embedded IrLED sensor, allowing you to control your TV, set top box through WatchON Remote app.

The market availability is expected for the second quarter of the year at yet to be disclosed price. This is all for now, and we leave you with the first images of the duos.

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