Samsung officially announces Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

Samsung unveiled its next-generation smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, at the Mobile World Congress. The absence of the Galaxy branding is no coincidence, as these device run on Samsung’s Tizen platform. Samsung claims that switching to Tizen allows for battery life of two to three days, which is twice as long as the original Galaxy Gear managed. Both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Gear, but it is clear that there isn’t as radical a design change as was rumored. One facet that did change is the inclusion of the camera on the front of the watch rather than on the wristband.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo feature the same 1.63-inch screen with the resolution of 320 x 320 that was seen on the original Galaxy Gear. The 1 GHz processor is slightly faster, while the internal storage and RAM are the same at 4 GB and 512 MB. New additions include an IP67 certification which means that these watches are dust and water resistant, a heart rate sensor and IR blaster. The battery has been downgraded to 300 mAh, but Samsung claims that battery life will be significantly better. The only major difference between these two devices is that the Gear 2 Neo does not come with the 2 MP camera that is included on the Gear 2. This allows the Gear 2 Neo to be 13 gms lighter. Pricing information hasn’t been divulged yet, but these smartwatches are set to be available from the second quarter of this year.

Samsung Gear 2 Official Press Images

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo Official Press Images

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3 years 2 months ago

I know this is not the place to put this….but in tweeter you say samsung its starting to test 4.4.2 on note 2….why that isnt a news in the page? and when can we see some leaked firmware?…

Thanks for all the info

3 years 2 months ago

they shouldve kept one android watch, the problem that we face now with this device is that is 0 friendly and 0 Customizable, no developer its gonna waste time in create launchers, apps etc on this, but well see how this evolves

3 years 2 months ago

This just proves Android is more of a Resource hog than Tizen Linux. I’ll wait to get one of these instead. I was going to get original Gear. But I now understand that A7 chip in Gear can run ARM Xen hardware virtualization like A57 64bit chips!

No doubt that’s what Galaxy S5 will run as Host OS on Xen bare metal hypervisor with ability to run Android in protected mode and suspend it as a Guest OS completely or have it working in the background as needed. Even Google is pushing Xen Hypervisor use so Android sleeps while not being used. They are expecting far greater efficiency and battery life too. Both Google and Samsung are now in the Top 5 Open Source Community contributors and this is why they both deserve our respect. They’re not just out to stuff share holders pockets or just their own interests either!

Instead they understand that the principles of give and take sharing of wealth being at the root of all real riches, in building for our future without regard for returns. Then the natural process of LIFE returns 7fold what you give it!

Some American Corporations like Apple and Microsoft are far too greedy and need to learn this. Not just Bill Gates, who knows this principle very well. But… Steve Jobs failed miserably at understanding the principles of Charity and life. Which is more reason than anything for why he’s now dead so young!

3 years 2 months ago

+ 2-3x better batterylife (with a lower capacity battery). Tizen being efficient than android??
+ Can work as a standalone music player
+ Better fitness options like Heart Rate sensor.
+ Water resistant IP67
+ More powerful SOC.
+ IrLED (WatchON)
+ Gear 2 Neo is much lighter compared to gear. Also no camera in Neo (good for those who don’t want to spend on cam)
+ Same old screen, I keep this as positive because I had a feeling they would switch to those Mirasol or other ‘bad’ displays just to conserve battery.
+ Much better cam position.

3 years 2 months ago

flexible screen ???…???…

3 years 2 months ago

Just minor changes and it’s powered by TIZEN, Samsung’s OS.

Not sure if it will be a seller, we shall wait and see.

3 years 2 months ago

Hmm, wonder how much they’d cost? If its cheaper than the original then either could be an option…

3 years 2 months ago

If the battery is as they say then is a winner.

3 years 2 months ago