Samsung has just taken the wraps off the rumored Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches ahead of the MWC event which kicks off tomorrow in Barcelona. These smartwatches act as successors to the Galaxy Gear, but Samsung has decided to drop the ‘Galaxy’ moniker as they’re running on Tizen. These smartwatches are still quite capable despite running a relatively new operating system with more apps expected to hit the Tizen ecosystem in the coming months. Samsung hasn’t made a lot of changes in terms of compatibility though. Samsung’s official press release claims that these smartwatches will be compatible with several Galaxy smartphones out of the box, which firmly shuts the door for any compatibility with non-Samsung devices.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo feature nearly identical specs, but the Gear 2 comes with a camera while the Gear 2 Neo misses out. Samsung claims that battery life is substantially improved with these new smartwatches and that users can expect 2-3 days of backup comfortably, compared to the 24 hours battery life of the Galaxy Gear. The two smartwatches are IP67 certified for water and dust resistance and come with a 1.63 inch display, a dual core 1 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300 mAh battery. The Gear 2 also comes with a 2MP camera capable of taking pictures and recording 720p videos on its own. The two smartwatches also sport pedometers, infrared and heart rate sensors to keep a track on your health. These smartwatches will reportedly hit the markets by April. Pricing details haven’t been disclosed yet, but we expect more details to emerge tomorrow during the company’s Unpacked event.