Samsung launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch back in September. Now they’re trying round 2. Not only is this the second version, but there are two different models: The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. That’s a not a typo, they dropped the Galaxy in the name and for good reason. Instead of Android, like the first generation, they are running a version of the Tizen operating system designed for wearables like smartwatches. The camera is also changed. Gone is the camera strap, it’s now in the main body of the Gear 2. If you don’t want it, there’s the camera-free Neo model. The camera itself is 2mp and can shoot up to 1920×1080.
The area where these greatly expand on their predecessors is compatibility. While the Galaxy Gear was compatible with a very limited number of recent high end Samsung phones, the Gear 2 series expands that greatly. While the official word is “more than dozens”, associated releases say about 30. Needless to say, if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, your chances of being left in the dark are much much smaller this time around.
The Gear 2 also greatly increases capability over the preceding unit. It has a full suite of fitness features including pedometer, heart-rate monitor, exercises modes, and even sleep tracking. There are far more apps and functions that play with the Gear 2 including an array of third party apps. For those who want to leave the phone at home, it has limited standalone capability like the music player and WatchOn remote control for AV equipment.
The watches each come in 3 colors, with Charcoal Black and Wild Orange common to both the Gear 2 and the Neo. The Gear 2 is available in a gold brown and the Neo adds Mocha Grey. Prices are yet to be determined, but it’s coming worldwide in April.
Samsung Offers Unmatched Freedom and Style with the Next Generation of Gear Devices
February 22, 2014- BARCELONA, Spain -Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level. The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers enhanced connectivity and a completely integrated approach for the most personal wearable experience.¡¬
“With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”
“Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem,” Said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”
The next generation of mobile freedom
Samsung achieved a significant improvement as a leading smart wearable provider with Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both devices offer a lightweight design with premium finishes that reflect modern trends.
A Camera is equipped to a main body instead to strap, making the Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion. Consumers are now available to express their mood or coordinate with their outfit with modern and sophisticated strap color options including Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear 2 and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for Gear 2 Neo. The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect their personal taste.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits.
Both devices act as an extension of a consumer’s daily life, offering users more control of their lives with standalone features, such as controlling electronic products such as TV, set-top box through WatchON Remote application in their own home with an embedded IrLED sensor. The addition of a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset means people can leave their smartphone at home and still enjoy their music on the go.
Both devices also offer personal fitness coaching in real time, allowing users to develop a customizable fitness routine and monitor their heart rate in order to improve their overall well-being.
Finally, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo let users connect to a wide variety of Samsung devices and access an enriched application ecosystem as the first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform. Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are compatible with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April.
Samsung Gear 2 Product Specifications:
Display: 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
AP: 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
OS: Tizen based wearable platform
Gear 2: 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)
Gear 2 Neo: N/A
Codec: H.264, H.263
Format: 3GP, MP4
HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
Camera Features: Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature
1. Heart Rate sensor
Standalone Modes: Running, Walking
Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking
4. Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)
Music Player with Bluetooth® Headset and Speaker
WatchON Remote: Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor
Basic Features: Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps), Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather
More Features(Downloadable): Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo
Gear 2: Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange
Gear 2 Neo: Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
Featured App: Banjo, BMW, CNN , Conde Nast, Expedia, eBay, Evernote, Feedly, GARMIN, Glympse, GM (Onstar 4GLTE), iControl, Line, Path, Paypal, RUNTASTIC, Volkswagen, Weather Channel, Under Armour(Map my fitness)
Samsung Services: Samsung Apps
Connectivity: Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED
Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
Gear 2: 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g
Gear 2 Neo: 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
Battery: Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh
Typical Usage: 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
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