Samsung was one of the first major electronics manufacturers to dive into the smartwatch market with the release of last year's Galaxy Gear. The device was met with generally negative reviews from online critics, many stating critical design and performance flaws despite the satisfying build quality.

It seems odd to think the Galaxy Gear was released only 5 months ago yet Samsung has just unveiled its successor, simply dubbed the Gear 2. There are also plans for a more affordable model with less built-in features that called the Gear 2 Neo.

The announcement was made this morning at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona and it was the first announcement made by Samsung at the event. In case you were wondering, they have decided to drop the ‘Galaxy' portion in the name as this model runs off the new Tizen operating system versus a modified Android OS.

Here is what other details we know so far:

  • Battery life is expected to be 2-3 days (previously 1 day of battery life)
  • Camera now build into the front of the watch (previously was integrated in the wristband)
  • Mic is now integrated into the device's body (previously was integrated in the wristband)
  • Potential for device to allow strap replacement (potential for 3rd party straps)
  • Home button now moved to the front below the display (previously on the side)
  • The 1.63-inch touchscreen stays consistent
  • 1GHz dual-core processor (previously 800MHz)
  • 4GB of internal storage & 512MB of RAM stays consistent
  • Features infrared, S Voice, and a heart rate sensor
  • IP67 certified allows resistance from water and dust
  • 2MP AF camera with 720p video capabilities (Excludes Neo model)
  • 300 mAh battery
  • Gear 2 weighs 68g, Neo weighs 55g
  • Gear 2 will come in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange
  • Neo will be offered in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey, and Wild Orange
  • Both models will be compatible with “more than a dozen” Galaxy smartphones after launch

What are the known differences between the Gear 2 and Neo models?

First off, they will differ significantly in price although the specifics are not released at this time. The Neo has no camera whereas the Gear 2 offers a 2MP camera capable of 720p video. The Neo will offer one extra color thank the Gear 2 and is slightly lighter. Both are expected to hit store shelves worldwide sometime this April.

Source: Engadget