Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches Announced, Run Tizen Not Android

And so the leaks were trueSamsung just unveiled two new smartwatches, simply called the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo.  Although these are considered updates to the original Galaxy Gear, the word “Galaxy” has been dropped from the new smartwatches.  There is reason for this.  The Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo don’t run Android, they run Tizen.  Galaxy devices run Android so it makes sense to remove the word from the new Gears.  Speaking of Tizen, we might see more devices that run in this Samsung-backed OS, probably including phones and tablets.

Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo

Going back to the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, the new smartwatches have revamped designs, and the main difference between these two devices is that one has a 2MP AF camera with 720p video capture and the other has none, and therefore should be the cheaper option.


The Samsung Gear 2 packs a 2MP camera

The camera on the Samsung Gear 2 is now on the front of the watch sitting beside the IR blaster.  The mic is now on the body of the device and the home button is seen on the bottom of the display.  These are major changes to the design and they are Samsung’s answer to the criticisms about the original Galaxy Gear’s design.


The Samsung Gear 2 Neo drops the camera and should therefore come with a cheaper price tag

In terms of internals, both the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo pack a 1.63-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM, infrared, S Voice, a heart rate sensor, IP67 certification, and a 300mAh battery.  Samsung claims a battery life of 2-3 days.

The Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo will be available in April.  Expect them to hit Philippine stores around the same time it becomes available internationally.