To no surprise whatsoever Samsung announced two new Tizen smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo (note that there is no “Galaxy” moniker this time). The devices will be released globally some time in April; however, we are still waiting on details about pricing. Both, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo were unveiled just hours before the official opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and are expected to be showcased during the event.
Samsung Gear 2 vs. Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch
The Korean manufacturer tried hard to fix some of the mistakes made with the original Galaxy Gear and as a result both, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, come with much needed upgrades in key aspects. For starters, in place of the 800 MHz chip used in the Galaxy Gear, Samsung opted for faster and more powerful dual-core 1 GHz processor. Moreover, unlike the Galaxy Gear which compatibility with smartphones was very limited to say the least, the next-generation smartwatches should work perfectly with “a wide variety of Samsung devices”, though the company doesn’t mention any particular models.
Both smartwatches are very similar to each other in terms of design and functionality. The main difference is that the Samsung Gear 2 sports a 2-megapixel camera which is lacking from the Gear 2 Neo. Besides that, the Gear 2 is slightly smaller but heavier than the Gear 2 Neo. Other features are identical and include 1.63-inch AMOLED display, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, IP67 certification for dust and water resistance and a 300 mAh battery which should provide up to 3 days of usage.
Both, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo run Tizen-based platform instead of Android and come pre-loaded with such apps as WatchON, with access to many more including PayPal, eBay, Evernote, CNN and more. The Gear 2 lineup focuses on health management and includes such smart functions as heart rate sensor, pedometer and a gyroscope to keep track of movement.
more info: Samsung Mobile Press