Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches

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As we told you last week, Samsung has now announced the Gear and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches with both running the Tizen OS. The utilisation of the Tizen OS has led Samsung to drop “Galaxy” from the product name.

Thew new OS is just part of the changes, though. The hardware’s been revamped as well. The Gear 2 sports a 1.63-inch (320 by 320) Super AMOLED display and it’s all powered by a dual-core processor running at 1 GHz, has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage.

The Gear 2 has a 300 mAh battery, which Samsung says will last two to three days with “typical” usage, or up to six days with low usage.

The Gear 2 sports a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus that’ll shoot in three resolutions — 1920×1080, 1080×1080 and 1280×960. It also has the “Sound and shot” feature to give some context to your images, location tagging and signatures.

The Gear 2 Neo has no camera.

Display1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
Processor1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
Operating systemTizen-based wearable platform
Camera (Gear 2 only)2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)
VideoCodec: H.264, H.263; Format: 3GP, MP4; HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording
AudioCodec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis; Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
Camera FeaturesAuto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature
Fitness features1. Heart Rate sensor; 2. Pedometer; 3. Exercise (Standalone Modes: Running, Walking; Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking); 4. Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)
MusicMusic Player with Bluetooth Headset and Speaker
Watch-on RemoteRemote Controller via IrLED Sensor
Basic FeaturesBluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps)
AppsMedia Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather
Downloadable featuresCalculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo
Gear 2 strap optionsCharcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange
Gear 2 Neo strap optionsCharcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
RuggednessIP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
Featured appsBanjo, BMW, CNN , Conde Nast, Expedia, eBay, Evernote, Feedly, GARMIN, Glympse, GM (Onstar 4GLTE), iControl, Line, Path, Paypal, RUNTASTIC, Volkswagen, Weather Channel, Under Armour (Map my fitness).
Samsung ServicesSamsung Apps
ConnectivityBluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED<
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
Memory512MB RAM
Storage4GB
DimensionsGear 2: 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g; Gear 2 Neo: 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
Battery lifeLi-ion 300mAh; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days

Apps

Samsung has a suite of its own apps on the Gear 2t: Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps), Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer and Weather.  Other downloadable apps include a calculator, ChatON, flashlight, quick settings and voice memo.

Other available apps include:

  • Banjo
  • BMW
  • CNN
  • Conde Nast
  • Expedia
  • eBay
  • Evernote
  • Feedly
  • GARMIN
  • Glympse
  • GM (Onstar 4GLTE)
  • iControl
  • Line
  • Path
  • Paypal
  • RUNTASTIC
  • Volkswagen
  • Weather Channel
  • Under Armour (Map my fitness)

You’ll be able to use it as a heart-rate sensor, pedometer and generic exercise tracker.

There is no word of pricing but both watches are expected to be available in March. [signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]

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