As previously expected, Samsung has taken the opportunity at MWC 2014 to unveil the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.Note the absence of the Galaxy branding, which can be explained by the fact that Samsung has dropped the Android platform in favor of its own Tizen.
Samsung says the change will affect battery life which will be capable of lasting up to two or three days, almost double than what the original Galaxy Gear managed (via SamMobile).
The new Gear and Gear 2 Neo are lighter and thinner than the Galaxy Gear, but the design make-over isn’t so radical as previously thought. One thing that stands out is that the camera now lives in front of the watch and not on the wristband.
Both smartwatches come with the same 1.63-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 320, the same as the original Galaxy Gear. Under the small hood, there’s a 1GHz processor combined with 512MB and 4GB of internal storage.
New features that might convince you to get one of these babies include IP67 certification (watches are dust- and water-resistant), a heart sensor and IR blaster.
If you were wondering about the difference between the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the latter doesn’t come bundled with a 2MP camera.
There’s no info about pricing, but the two smartwatches will be made available in the second quarter of the year.