Samsung announced the successor(s) to their smartwatch, Galaxy Gear, on 23rd February at MWC. Note that these smartwatches do not have the Galaxy branding because they are no longer based on Android but on Tizen OS(Samsung's own). The first Tizen device announced by Samsung was their NX300M camera.
The Gear 2 has the following improvements/changes from the Galaxy Gear:
- Can be used as an independent music player
- Better processor (Dual core 1GHz)
- Water resistant IP67 water and dust resistant
- Based on Tizen instead of Android
- Slimmer camera
- New home button
- IR blaster
- Lesser battery capacity (300mAH) but better battery life(2-3 days)
- Heart rate monitor
- Swappable bands
- Slimmer and lighter
No info at this moment about the pricing, availability or phone compatibility (most probably we'll come to know about that tomorrow at the Samsung Unpacked event).
The two variants means there should be some difference, right? Well, here they are:
- The Gear 2 Neo has no camera
- Neo is 55 gms while Gear 2 is 68 gms(due to lack of camera)
- One more color option for Neo.
Changes mentioned in Unpacked event held on 24/2/2014:
- Camera, mic and speaker moved to bezel
- Swappable straps
- New home button
- More watch face option. Option of changing font, wallpaper
- Notifications: Calls, messages etc.
- Standalone Music player
- Extended Ecosystem
- IR Blaster
- More apps
- Gear 2 SDK for developers released
- Gear 2 Neo cheaper and lighter
- 17 Galaxy devices supported
- 3 days battery life
- Water and dust resistance
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