Guess Samsung really couldn’t wait until Monday to share their excitement with the world. Therefore, the company decided to drop in two nice presents on Sunday itself. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo were both announced, officially, earlier today. Both smart watches are powered by Tizen and not Android OS. Samsung has left the hardware configuration largely unchanged – 1.63-inch 320 x 320 Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz dual-core processor (up from 800 MHz), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a tiny 300mAh battery (down from 315mAh). However, the Korean OEM has thrown in some new goodies into the box – health sensors (heart rate monitor), IP67 water and dust resistance certification, IR port for controlling various home appliances etc.
The common features between Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo (the word Galaxy is missing since there aren’t Android powered gadgets) end there. While the former has a 2 MP AF camera, capable of shooting 720p videos, the latter lacks a camera altogether. Also, Gear 2 weighs 68g, while the Gear 2 Neo, at 55g, is much lighter. The Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Golden Brown and Wild Orange, and the Gear 2 Neo will be available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange from next month with support for “dozens” of Galaxy phones. No word on pricing as of yet.