Feb 22 AT 10:47 PM Nick Sarafolean 10 Comments

Samsung unveils Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

Group_Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo (Resized

Normally, we wouldn’t write about Tizen stuff but this is pretty significant. Samsung took the time out of the middle of the night to announce its latest wearables, the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo. You’re probably thinking that we made a typo and left out Galaxy on accident. We didn’t. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo aren’t powered by Android, but instead powered by Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are Samsung’s latest foray into the world of smartwatches. The watches include practically the same specs such as 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320×320, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, 300mAh battery that’s rated for 2-3 days of usage and a slew of different sensors such as a heart rate monitor, pedometer and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Both watches run on Tizen and include music players as well as built-in IR blasters to control your TV through the watch. The only real difference in hardware is the Gear 2 Neo doesn’t feature a 2-megapixel camera while the Gear 2 does.

The other difference comes in color choices. The Gear 2 is available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange while the Gear 2 Neo is available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange. Both watches are IP57 certified for dust and water resistance.

Both smartwatches are able to act independently of phones and the Tizen software does have some customization features. However, many Galaxy-branded smartphones will work with these smartwatches and will add additional features such as being able to accept calls, text messages and other notifications straight from your watch. Pricing details aren’t available but both smartwatches will be going on sale internationally in April. If you’re interested in pictures of the devices, check out the gallery below. A heads-up, the devices look similar, but the Gear 2 has a black bar above the screen while the Gear 2 Neo simply has a small circle.

Do either of these devices interest you?

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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.

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • donger

    Guess these will only work with Galaxy phones huh.

  • renyo

    So much better than the previous iteration… Lookswise at least… Sadly only compatible with Samsung phones…

    • JQuest81

      Agred. Now that they moved the camera and everything from the strap perhaps we can change straps… If that’s the case I’m in (though honestly, I’m a technophile, so I probably would have gotten one anyway)

  • Robairto

    And numbnuts complaining about how moving the home button onscreen would provide more space in 3..2..1..

  • Steve

    Why not Android? I would like the choice of a million apps please, not what just Samsung releases. Pebble it is I quess

    • JQuest81

      I imagine it’s Samsung’s sneaky way of introducing Tizen to the masses. First, smartbands that work in concert with Android, then they’ll sneak in the brand new Galaxy T someodd years later.

      • Jarrod

        Samsung are good are making things their own.

  • Shane

    Love the form factor and design…for some strange reason, I almost want a smartwatch now.

    Not sure if Tizen is such a big deal – as long as it maintains and expands compatibility with apps that matter, it’ll be good. Only thing I’m afraid of is Samsung once again giving priority to its crappy suite of apps instead of allowing for more hands-on integration with Hangouts, Facebook, and the like.

    I guess what I’m saying is – Samsung REALLY needs to get out of the software game (even if it wants to make its own OS) and stick to good hardware and internals.

  • songnotsung

    Does this mean first gen G Gear will be left orphaned with no more software or support?
    Is this how Samsung rewards early adopters?

  • Haggie

    If I want to be locked into proprietary software with limited interoperability, I’ll buy Sony…