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February 23, 2014

Samsung Officially Announce Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Drops Galaxy Branding

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After months of leaks and rumours, Samsung have just officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches to replace the original Galaxy Gear. And the lack of Galaxy branding on the new version is significant, as they no longer run Android, instead opting for Samsung’s own Tizen OS.

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Samsung Gear 2 (charcoal)

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Samsung Gear 2 (Gold Brown)

Above are images of the Gear 2 which improves on the Galaxy Gear in almost every way. It features a faster 1GHz dual core Exynos processor to replace the slower 800MHz version, and is also thinner and lighter than the original (albeit at the cost of a marginally smaller battery, 300mAh rather than 315mAh). The Gear 2 also features a wide range of health sensors for fitness tracking, and an infrared blaster for control of household gadgets like your TV or possibly your Hi-Fi system. It also comes with the same 2MP camera as before for taking pictures quickly from your wrist. It also packs the same amount of RAM (not a lot) and has the same 1.63″ AMOLED display with a 320×320 resolution.

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo (Charcoal)

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo (Wild Orange)

The Gear 2 Neo is exactly the same as the Gear 2 in every way, except lacks the camera. So if you think taking pictures on your wrist is ridiculous, save yourself some money and get this version. It is also lighter as well, which should make it more comfortable to wear. Both new versions of the Gear feature a major advantage over their predecessor: water and dust resistance. Who wants a watch that you can’t wear if it’s raining too heavily for fear of total destruction? And who wants a watch that you have to take off every time you wash your hands? The IP67 water-proofing certainly adds convenience, and takes some worry off your mind. However, it’s likely that the new Gears will still only work with select Samsung phones or tablets, so unless you’re already embedded into the Samsung ecosystem, these new smartwatches are a no go, just like their predecessor.

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Ross Pendleton

I live in the sunny city of Nottingham, in the UK, and have a passion for tech, cars and games of all types and brands. I’ve been blogging about tech since early 2013, and I don’t intend to stop any time soon.