Ahead of the upcoming MWC mobile show in Barcelona, Samsung has announced not one, but two successors to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo introduce refined design and features.
The reason why the smartwatches have dropped the Galaxy branding is the operating system. Instead of Android, they are run Tizen - Samsung's own software, which will most likely provide better battery life and reliability. As far as internals go, both devices sport 1.63-inch 320x320 Super AMOLED displays, dual-core processors, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth, and 300mAh batteries. The original Galaxy Gear has a 315mAh cell that lasts for about a day, while its successors come with smaller, yet more efficient batteries that are promised to get you through two to three days of moderate usage.
Design wise, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo look very similar with the new home button and sleek frame around the display, but there are differences. The Gear 2 has a 2 Megapixel camera and brushed metal housing, whilst the Gear 2 Neo does not allow you to take pictures at all and is made of plastic. Both are resistant to dust and water.
As you'd expect, the new smartwatches are equipped with a wide array of sensors and fitness apps. They can also display notifications, answer calls, and control media playback.
The watches may prove extremely useful in the every day life, but only if you own a Samsung device as they are not compatible with other brands of smartphones.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be on sale worldwide in April, but Samsung did not reveal how much they will cost.