Two things to get out of the gate: one, Samsung is dropping the Galaxy branding for its new smartwatches, and two, they run the Tizen operating system that Samsung has been building. Samsung hasn’t even detailed how the new watches might or might not be compatible with the Android devices they produce, but they have fixed some of the glaring errors made with the original — which was only released five months ago. Right. A welcome bit of news, however: a revised app library, with BMW, CNN, Garmin, Line, and Path being some of the first.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches both utilize the 1.63-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz dual-core processor (a bump up from 800MHz), 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM, infrared, S Voice, a heart rate sensor, IP67 certification for resistance to water and dust, a 2MP AF camera with 720p video capture (on the higher model, not the Neo) and a 300mAh battery. The camera has been moved from the strap, to the face of the watch, as well.
It’s interesting to note that the battery is smaller, but through power management improvements, Samsung states that the battery life has been increased to 2-3 days, instead of the day seen in the first model.
Color preferences are still here however: the Gear 2 will come in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange, while Neo comes in a certain Mocha Grey. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but considering there’s a premium and lower-cost model, Samsung very well diversify the price range. Both watches launch worldwide in April.