It seems like yesterday that Samsung debuted its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and less than six months later, the company is releasing two new versions — the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.
The biggest change is that the smartwatches no longer run on Android, but instead on Samsung’s Tizen OS program. As for specs, both the Gear and Gear 2 come with a 1.64-inch Super AMOLED display with 320 x 320 resolution, four gigabytes of storage, 512 megabytes of RAM, and a 1.0-gigahertz dual-core processor. Got that all down? Each watch now has a home button right on the top of the face.
Bonus: the Gear 2 features a two-megapixel camera with HD video recording so you can shoot and snap away — the Neo, however, has no camera capabilities.
Fitness fans will appreciate that both smartwatches come with health features like sleep trackers, heart rate readers, and a pedometer. And like the first Samsung smartwatch, you can expect to make and receive calls, texts, and emails and get app notifications right from your wrist. How's that for all-in-one?
This time around, the devices act as music players via Bluetooth and offer speaker support as well as a WatchON app that turns the watches into a remote control for different devices.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo
When it comes to style, each version will come with changeable straps in multiple colors: black, orange, and gray. Consider Gear 2 the premium model, with an exterior of brushed metal, while the Gear 2 Neo has a polycarbonate finish.
No word yet on how much they will cost, but we'll find out soon enough when they're released worldwide on April 11. Can you wait till then?