Gear 2 Neo

How does the hardware of Samsung's latest smartwatch compare to last year's release?

The Samsung Gear 2 is official, as is the Gear 2 Neo, a version of the Tizen-powered smartwatch without a camera. But how do they compare to the original Android-powered Galaxy Gear? We've got a rundown of the spec differences after the break.

  Samsung Gear 2 Samsung Galaxy Gear
Display 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320) 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
Dimensions Gear 2: 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g;
Gear 2 Neo: 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1mm, 73.8g
Processor 1.0GHz dual-core processor 800MHz dual-core processor
Memory 512MB + 4GB storage 512MB + 4GB storage
Battery 300mAh internal;
Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
315mAh internal;
Up to 25 hours typical usage, 150 hours standby
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, IR Bluetooth 4.0
Water resistance Rated IP67 (one meter for 30 minutes) Rated IP55 ("Splashproof")
Camera Gear 2: 2MP;
Gear 2 Neo: No camera
2MP
Software Tizen Android 4.2.2
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Colors Gear 2: Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange;
Gear 2 Neo: Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green
 
There are 57 comments

Software versions are backwards.

Posted via Android Central App

grydlok says:

Had me scratching my head

DS1331 says:

Samsung is just failing at this smart watch thing they are all grasping at straws none of these will catch on I think apple will be the one to do it

Posted via Android Central App

cc7211 says:

Gear 2 with android 4.2.2 ?

Posted via Android Central App

habbadabbadu says:

Tizen, it's Samsung's OS

NoNexus says:

Open source os, the same way Android is

-------------------------------------------
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

vtpmt81 says:

The Gear 2 runs Tizen, not Android 4.2.2

Still no price?

Posted via Android Central App

BB_Bmore says:

Is anyone actually sold now that were on the fence before?

Mike

dswatson83 says:

Depends on the price. I'd take the Neo for less than $150. I picked up the old Gear when they went on a 1 day sale for $150. It's a decent companion device and it's nice to get notifications and to read text, email, and get caller ID while in a meeting where I can't pull out my phone. The biggest things I had hoped for were Google Now integration and working with other devices other than Samsung phones but I think those are never happening now that it is running Tizen. However, I don't ever use the camera so I think the Neo would be OK if it brings the price down. I love the idea of the Gear but think it needs wider adaptability and Google Now (S voice is so limited). For $100 i'd pick it up and for $150 I would consider it until something better comes out. I think Samsung will be screwed if Google brings something with Google Now and use with all Android 4.0 phones

DrSavant says:

Install Null rom and use Google now to your hearts content right now :)

Posted via Android Central App

MasterElwood says:

Yes. 200 and i'll buy one in a sec. 150 for the Neo

Posted via Android Central App

Taz89 says:

Big improvement in battery life. Maybe Android isn't that battery friendly for a watch. Hence why even pebble or the Sony watch don't use Android.

Posted via Android Central App using galaxy s4

jimbo says:

Probably so. More importantly, connectivity to Samsung world.

Taz89 says:

Yep, if there's 1 place where Samsung can get away with not having to rely on Googles Android it's wearable.

Posted via Android Central App using galaxy s4

Bmhigg says:

Well, you also have to take into consideration that the "android" version they used wasn't made for Smart watches and thus not optimized for such. . Very much like HTC using Gingerbread on the Flyer.

avoidtheecho says:

Taking my gear 1 back to sprint and getting the neo unless it's not a huge price difference from the gear 2. I could care less about the camera

Posted via Android Central App

avoidtheecho says:

Plus it's water resistant I think

Posted via Android Central App

IP67 which is 15cm to 1m.

Posted via Android Central App from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Kegman says:

i wonder if that means it will last while in the shower

vpblaze says:

Good to see the IP67 rating! That will hopefully add some piece of mind... In theory....

Posted via Android Central App

TeePoppa says:

Any word yet if it'll work outside of Samsung?

Posted via Android Central App

Bwahahahaha says:

One word actually...

No

Posted via Android Central App

NoNexus says:

Two words

Citation needed

-------------------------------------------
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

I've seen a few people fairly confidently say no in the comments already. Still haven't read anything about it though. So unless, like you said, I see some proof, there's nothing to believe yet.

Posted via Android Central App

NoNexus says:

+1

I am pretty sure that with the tizen watch it will be open to everyone that can pair via blue tooth, but we shall see

-------------------------------------------
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Bwahahahaha says:

No

Posted via Android Central App

Kegman says:

" it will be open to everyone that can pair via blue tooth" im thinking they could have made gear 1 open to all phones with a software update but they didn't. In fact they didn't make it available to all samsung phones until months later, so we'll see how serious they are about selling the device by opeing up to everyone or not

Looks pretty much identical lol. A little faster chip but that seems to be about it. I hope it can do more than the original Gear. Plus ktd be cool if it is an unlockable bootloader, or at least one that is easy to crack, that way someone can port AOSP KitKat to it lol.

Good luck Sammy.

lekky says:

Original Gear battery life seems wrong.. It should be about 3 days with normal usage, not up to 25 hours?

DroidOn says:

But will it work with my HTC One?

Posted via Android Central App

IsaacjonesM says:

Probably not

NoNexus says:

Citation?

-------------------------------------------
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

SedahDrol says:

Um the galaxy gear is water resistant. You can shower with it. You just can't go swimming.

Posted via Android Central App

vpblaze says:

Is there any proof to it being water proof?
I have no worries about showering with my Citizen on... With my Gear on its a different story.

Posted via Android Central App

Bwahahahaha says:

From everything I've come to understand about the galaxy gear, it's not at all water proof... wouldn't recommend showering with it.... but hey, I could be wrong. I'd rather see a video as proof before I attempt it though, but that's just me.

Posted via Android Central App

SedahDrol says:

Watch "Samsung Galaxy Gear Brasil - Teste de resistência à Água (Test of resistance to water)" on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9oS9od4sYo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

It is water resitant. Somewhere in the manual it mentions it being water resistant. But not to submersion. I wash my hands with mine all the time. I don't shower with mine. I use that time to put it on the charger.

Posted via Android Central App

SedahDrol says:

Bwahahahaha says:

I said water proof. I'm of the opinion that being "splash resistant" and being "water proof" are two different things. But still good info to know, as some people were weary about even washing their hands with them on.

Posted via Android Central App

Litlprince2 says:

besides its resistance rating... not sure.. I guess you wont be convinced till you see one dropped in a glass of water for a few minutes...

Chex313 says:

Those are the dorkiest things since the calculator watch. I actually enjoy ignoring my notifications when I am busy with other things. I actually ignore calls as well when talking to other folks.

I think these are great for folks who already don't have any manners...You know the ones who take calls when having conversations with people, the ones who glance constantly at their phone during conversations, the ones who can't ignore their phones and focus on other things. Yeah this is perfect for them...

Wow you must know a lot of people to say that.

Posted via Android Central App

Bwahahahaha says:

I'm sure he does if he's had those experiences... as do I. And as I have. It's called going out and socializing. And there's a shit ton of people in this world today I can personally testify to having zero manners in this regard.

Posted via Android Central App

Wollombi says:

Maybe he just knows a lot of people that dislike him, and they disappear into their devices as a way to avoid interacting with him...who knows?

I'm not justifying bad manners, just pointing out a possibility.

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

All I can say;

A HUGE improvement over the Galaxy Gear. Make it compatible with more (non-Samsung) devices and I'm certain that they'll have a winner.

Everlast716 says:

HUGE?! I hope you are being sarcastic....I see minor improvements, 1.0 ghz compared to 800, a heart rate montior, smaller battery that will use less power due to tizen os. Oh and an IR blaster. Yippee. That is far from HUGE! Doesn't take a lot to please you buddy.

Look at the size of the device. Look at the rate of growth of these things. There's not much room for them to grow. Especially in the amount of time Samsung has produced another one. I'd say its a fairly significant change. And like he said, if they are more compatible and priced well, I'd even consider it. And I'm not big into smartwatches. Let alone watches at all. And I'm starting to think the first gear was kind of a trial run. They didn't take long to out their successor and they've changed the whole os. Realized android wasn't the answer, needed to make it more compatible, and maybe they might do that with this iteration. And lower the damn price.

Posted via Android Central App

rd_nest says:

What more do you want within 5 months? A washing machine inside that watch??
Just within that small space, they have a dual core SOC, a 512MB RAM, a camera module, an IR, heart rate monitor etc., Over top of this, they have increased the batterylife. Which other device have anything more than that at present? Be realistic. or rather stay with Pebble with a 1-bit monochrome non-touch display.

MasterElwood says:

Despite what Alex wrote - the Gear 1 had a single core 800 MHz Prozessor. Gear 2 has a 1000 MHz dual core processor.

Plus heart rate sensor. Plus the camera is now integrated. So yeah - HUGE is correct.

Posted via Android Central App

Chris5544 says:

Ugh... Just got the Gear in December and now they come out with a new one... Excellent. :-\

Posted via Android Central App

twolastnames says:

What a coup if Tizen runs circles around Android. Release first Gear with Android, is OK, battery sucks. Release gear 2 with Tizen, smaller battery, higher clocked processor, and days better battery life. It's a bit of a stretch, but what if Tizen is the better of the 2 Linux based OS 's? With Google closing up Android, the time is coming up for another open source OS to hit the market.

BaAAH

Raptor007 says:

So what is Samsung going to ask for these units, pretty much the same specs as last year and they didn't fly off the shelf. Yes they did sell well enough but the price was simply too high. They need to be priced to sell, Gear 2 Neo should not exceed $149 and the Gear 2 should not exceed $199 and be open to other Android devices. Limiting it to Samsung only that has to have 4.3 or higher is a lost cause. They are relying on devices of a certain age and customers who have bought them.

Live2ride883 says:

If I can get a Gear 2 bundled with a Galaxy S5 I'll bite...

zippox180 says:

The gear is IP55 I believe. Which I think is something like 15 minutes of spray directly.

Posted via Android Central App

NEOBRAT says:

Nobody have any information about compatibility with other devices?

Posted via Android Central App

MasterElwood says:

Doesn't the first gear have a single core processor?

Posted via Android Central App

lumich says:

I have recently purchased the GG2 smartwatch and am using it with the Galaxy S5 phone.
I seem to be battling to get any other notifications (whatsapp, fb, etc) besides sms's .
Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this and if anyone can assist me to rectify the problem?
Many thanks