Samsung announces the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

New hardware and an all new OS, available in April.
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By Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Feb 2014 09:02 pm
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Samsung has dropped the bomb this evening, and announced not one but two new smartwatches — the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo. You'll note the absence of the Galaxy tag, and that's because these two aren't Android devices.

Both the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo are the first consumer devices from Samsung running Tizen, and Samsung is excited about that. And they should be. Tizen is capable, and they have been working on the OS for quite a while. We think we're going to see good things here. A smartwatch is more than it's core operating system, and Samsung has made the logical choice to use the OS they help develop in-house.

There are some substaintial changes since last year's Galaxy Gear, but at first glance they look very similar. We're OK with that, because we want the Gear to keep it's unique style and exceptional build-quality. The software, while completely different, also has a familiar look and users should be comfortable with the changes.

The watches themselves resemble last year's Galaxy Gear on the surface. There are a few changes, the Gear 2 camera has been moved (buh-bye unsightly wart!) from the strap to the case, and an IR port has been added. We're not surprised, as Samsung has said that wearables will play big in their SmartHome initiative in 2014.

The specs

The Gear 2 Neo lacks the 2MP camera found on the Gear 2, but other than that the devices are the same. The 1.63-inch screen is still the Super AMOLED type, and the processor and RAM should be more than sufficient to run the apps you'll want your Gear 2 to run.

  • Display: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Operating system: Tizen-based wearable platform
  • Camera (Gear 2 only): 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920x1080, 1080x1080, 1280x960)
  • Video: Codec: H.264, H.263; Format: 3GP, MP4; HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording
  • Audio: Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis; Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
  • Camera Features: Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature
  • Fitness features: 1. Heart Rate sensor; 2. Pedometer; 3. Exercise (Standalone Modes: Running, Walking; Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking); 4. Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)
  • Music: Music Player with Bluetooth Headset and Speaker
  • Watch-on Remote: Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor
  • Basic Features: Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps)
  • Apps: Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather
  • Downloadable features: Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo
  • Gear 2 strap options: Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange
  • Gear 2 Neo strap options: Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
  • Ruggedness: IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
  • Featured apps: 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).
  • Samsung Services: Samsung Apps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED<
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Dimensions: Gear 2: 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g; Gear 2 Neo: 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
  • Battery life: Li-ion 300mAh; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days

Both the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo are slated to be available in April. We'll have a close look at both just as soon as we can get them on our wrists! The full press release follows.

Samsung Offers Unmatched Freedom and Style with the Next Generation of Gear devices

The stylish Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers increased connectivity, customization, and control

Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level. The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers enhanced connectivity and a completely integrated approach for the most personal wearable experience.

“Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem,” Said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”

The next generation of mobile freedom

Samsung achieved a significant improvement as a leading smart wearable provider with Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both devices offer a lightweight design with premium finishes that reflect modern trends.

A Camera is equipped to a main body instead to strap, making the Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion. Consumers are now available to express their mood or coordinate with their outfit with modern and sophisticated strap color options including Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear2 and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for Gear2 Neo. The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect their personal taste.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits.

Both devices act as an extension of a consumer’s daily life, offering users more control of their lives with standalone features, such as controlling electronic products such as TV, settop box through WatchON Remote application in their own home with an embedded IrLED sensor. The addition of a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset means people can leave their smartphone at home and still enjoy their music on the go.

Both devices also offer personal fitness coaching in real time, allowing users to develop a customizable fitness routine and monitor their heart rate in order to improve their overall well- being.

Finally, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo let users connect to a wide variety of Samsung devices and access an enriched application ecosystem as the first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform. Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are compatible with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April. Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com or m.samsungmobilepress.com.

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Samsung announces the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

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With the Tizen OS on them I am guessing that it can work as either a stand alone device OR paired with a smartphone. But I guess we will know more as the devices get closer to market.

If it is a stand alone then I might be interested. If it can play music and track my run away from phone and is less than $225 I'll buy it. I've got a note 3 so I don't care if it's Samsung only.

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Built in GPS will be difficult, however, that would be awesome. Waterproof too!

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After we reading the article it looks like it is a stand alone music player and run/walk tracker. That's really impressive actually. Now they just need a good price point.
Also, wonder what good a flashlight would be without an LED? Would it just make the screen shine really bright? Seems like that would be awkward to position.

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Looks like battery life has improved from the original. Hopefully those are conservative battery specs Sammy listed.

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If the Gear 2 Neo was compatible with iOS I would buy one for sure. Happy for all you Samsung users as the Gear 2 looks great and you have a choice of 2 smartwatches. The pebble Steel will keep me happy (if they decide to ship it to me) until the iWatch is born.

"let users connect to a wide variety of Samsung devices " I was really looking forward the reveal, but this is a deal breaker for me. It's a shame because I was willing to spend a lot on this device. It's time to go for the pebble steel, kisses and hugs Samsung, see you in hell.

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I have to admit... I'm very interested.
The neo makes a lot more sense to me.

They may make it hard to wait for Google, and actually be given a moment of consideration vs pebble (if you have one of their phones)

Still I think that Google Now on a google watch, or IFTTT in conjunction with a Pebble will be hard to beat.

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