Samsung Announces Updated Smartwatches – Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo group shot

Samsung has announced at Mobile World Congress, two new smartwatches released as updates to the original Gear, the Gear 2 and Gear Neo.

Both are similar in design to the original with the biggest changes being the moving of the camera from the strap to the watch body, and the replacement of the OS from Android to Tizen. Also the name “Galaxy” has been dropped from the name, probably due to the new Tizen OS.

Both models are very similar, with the same screen as the original (a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 Super AMOLED option) and dimensions of 36.9 x 58.4 x 10.0 mm which is just slightly thinner than the original. Weight wise the Gear 2 is 68g and the Neo is 20% lighter at just 55g. This weight is largely saved by the Neo not having the camera built into the Gear 2.

Its unclear with the switch to the Tizen OS will mean, but Samsung has confirmed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be compatible with “dozens” of Samsung devices from launch.

In addition to the the pedometer from the first model there is now an optical sensor on the rear of the Gear 2 to monitor your heart rate as you run or walk to provide more accurate fitness tracking information which can be seen on the watch itself, or relayed to a compatible App on a connected phone.

Both Gear models should launch in April.

 

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