Samsung is keeping the ball rolling with their wearable tech, announcing two brand new smartwatches to follow up the Galaxy Gear from last year. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are headed your way soon, and if you’re a Samsung Galaxy smartphone owner who digs the wearable tech trend, you might want to check these out.
Both the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo are smartwatches with 1.63” 320 x 320 screens. Both run on the Tizen platform, which has been designed for wearable tech, but these are very much made to be smartphone companions. Powered by a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, the watches will bring up call, text, social, and other notifications right to your wrist. But, the big upgrades this time around focus on what the watches can do by themselves, sans smartphone.
The one key difference between the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo is the camera – the Gear 2 has one, while the Gear 2 Neo leaves it out, to be cheaper and a little lighter. The Gear 2 camera is 2 MP, and is capable of taking shots in 1080p. Now, I’ll be honest – I’m not 100% sure how useful a wrist-worn camera is going to be, since you’re going to be shooting blind or taking even weirder looking selfies than normal. But, hey, that’s why the Neo is here – if you’re not interested in the camera, you don’t have to put down cash for it.
Both watches are also standalone music players, thanks to 4 GB of internal storage. Thanks to the WatchON Remote app, you can also use the watches as remotes for televisions and set-top boxes, because of an IrLED sensor included. And, the watches will be stocked with everything needed to make both bona fide fitness trackers, so you don’t need to buy a separate one if you’re planning on getting in Gear.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are both certified dust and water resistant, and can come with different colored wristbands – Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange for the Gear 2, and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey, and Wild Orange for the Gear 2 Neo. The new Samsung smartwatches will be available sometime in April.