Samsung has officially made it public at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, announcing two brand new Gear smart-watch models. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will both feature a slew of new hardware and software upgrades. Coming from a recent update on the original Gear, improving the performance of the smart watch was successful, but the physical aspect of the watch made it harder for us to love it more. Now the new Gear models will feature a more lightweight and sleeker design. The major change with that is the removal of a protruding camera on the band, which is now on the body instead of the strap, the addition of a physical home button and the buckle is now much slimmer than before. It will feature a 320×320 display, all new IrLED sensor, and Tizen OS.

As mentioned, both devices will feature an IrLED sensor which will allow you to control your Television, set-top box and more via the WatchOn Remote application, which to me is pretty badass. The Gear 2 will also act as a standalone music player with music being saved directly to the watch and paired with a Bluetooth headset. All of the past features still remain like fitness tracker, video recording, answer and hang up phone calls. There is claims of a much longer battery life compared to the original, so let’s hope that’s true.

Samsung has also stated that unlike the original Gear, both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be compatible with dozens of Samsung Galaxy devices at launch; and don’t worry, the Gear 2 running on the Tizen OS will not interfere with pairing to a Samsung Android device. Check out the full specs and photos below; the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available in multiple colors this April. Samsung has not given a set price at the moment.

Stay tuned for hands on video of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo soon!

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

Camera

Gear 2 : 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)

Gear 2 Neo : N/A

Video

Codec: H.264, H.263Format: 3GP, MP4HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording

Audio

Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/VorbisFormat: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Camera

Features

Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature

Additional

Features

Fitness Features:
1.Heart Rate sensor
2.Pedometer
3.Exercise
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

Changeable Strap 
Color Options:
– 
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

Samsung Services Samsung Apps

Connectivity

Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate

Memory

RAM: 512MB

Storage: 4GB Internal Memory

Dimension

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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