On Sunday, at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung finally unveiled its new smartwatches, namely, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both wristwatches run the Tizen operating system, and from appearance and technical specs standpoints aren’t much different from its first-generation Galaxy Gear.

Samsung has dropped the “Galaxy” moniker and ditched the Android operating system to go with their own Tizen OS to power these devices. Not sure how Google would respond to this, but the rumors point towards Google’s own Smartwatches coming soon, powered by Android of course.


Technical Specifications of Gear 2

The devices haven’t undergone many changes apart from switching to a new OS. The 1.6-inch AMOLED display still boasts the same 320×320 resolution that its predecessor sported, coupled with the same 512 MB of RAM, and 4 gig of storage inside the phone. It retains the support for Bluetooth 4.0, and comes with an IR blaster.

On the multimedia front, the maker has shifted the 2MP camera from the strap to the main body, and has introduced a media player that supports most of the popular video and audio file-formats. In addition, it has also provided you with the ability to make phone conversations right from the watch.

Among the things that are different, Gear 2 has swapped the 800MHz single-core chip that came inside Galaxy Gear with a 1.0 GHz dual-core SoC chip, although the company hasn’t specified the manufacturer. Samsung also claims that the 300mAh battery would last for about 2-3 days with typical usage.

Packing a few fitness apps that include Pedometer and Heart Rate Sensor, and other downloadable daily used apps like calculator, Samsung’s IM Chat-On and Voice Memo, the smartwatch comes in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange colors.

Small differences between Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

This one is more like an affordable version of Gear 2, is a bit lighter and doesn’t sport a camera. Otherwise, the device which comes in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange is pretty much the same deal.

Ditching Android for Tizen

Just five-months after the Korean giant launched its first ever Galaxy Gear smartwatch, facing much dislike and slow adoption, the company took the big decision to scrap the Android Operating System from its smartwatches and instead use the Linux-powered Tizen.

Samsung, which is by far the largest manufacturer of Android devices, has attempted on numerous occasions to reduce its Android-dependance. Last year, the Korean giant announced that it will be launching multiple Tizen-powered smartphones, but for now only its cameras and now smart-watches seem to have received the Tizen treatment.

While Tizen isn’t even close to the popularity of Android, the operating system has been coupled with many smart devices, including Samsung’s NX300M camera, after making its way to the spotlight with the now-dead MeeGo project back in 2011. Besides Samsung, other firms which have shown interest in Tizen include Intel, Huawei and DoCoMo.

Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo’s availability and pricing

Both the smartwatches will hit the store by April this year, but as of now the company hasn’t revealed its pricing plans. We will give both the smartwatches a hands-on treatment soon, and also stay tuned since Samsung has more things coming out of its store tomorrow at its Unpacked event.

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