Today Samsung unveiled its new Tizen based smart watch. Are they beginning the shift? You be the judge.
Galaxy and Android out. Tizen in.
Samsung has officially unveiled the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo and while on the outside they look similar to the original Galaxy Gear, they run the Tizen OS that Samsung had a massive hand in bringing to life. With this new direction Samsung also dropped the Galaxy branding from the wearable.
Samsung says the main reason for the switch in OS is the battery life as it extends it from 2-days to 3-days. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are “companion devices” and can “accept or ignore incoming calls and messages.” The hardware has been revamped, specifically the camera has been embedded into the watch and not on the strap like the Galaxy Gear. Both watches are IP67 rated and is water resistant. The specs have been improved and the Gear 2 comes the following:
- 1.63-inch 320 x 320 AMOLED display
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- 2 megapixel camera
- Pedometer, heart rate sensor, sleep cycle monitor and more
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Accelerometer and gyroscope
- 300mAh battery
As for the Gear Neo, basically the same watch but lacks a camera and comes in Charcoal Black, Mocha Gray, and Wild Orange. Unfortunately the pricing is not yet listed and both are expected to be available in April.