It’s only been five months since the arrival of the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, but with the South Koreans conceding that the device was “lacking”, the rapid launch of a successor shouldn’t come as much surprise.
Meet the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. You’ll notice there’s no ‘Galaxy’ in the names; that’s because there’s no Android present; both smartwatches run Tizen.
Samsung describes the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo as a “significant improvement” over the first-generation Galaxy Gear. Of course, Samsung would say that, but the claim is backed by some seriously impressive battery life.
While the Galaxy Gear demanded a daily charge, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo claim to last 2-3 days with “typical usage”, and a whopping 6 days – almost an entire week – with “low usage”.
Other headline Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo features include the ability to control gadgets including your TV with the WatchON Remote app, a handful of fitness features – including a heart rate sensor, and a standalone music player, which operates via Bluetooth.
As for differences between the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, only the former has a camera (2MP), while the latter is lighter but slightly larger.
Both the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo come in Charcoal Black and Wild Orange. The Samsung Gear 2 also comes in Gold Brown, while the Gear 2 Neo has a cheeky Mocha Grey variant.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available “around the world” from April. More detail on pricing and availability to follow shortly. Presumably.