Samsung has announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. Both are compatible with Smasung's Android smartphones, but neither watch actually runs Android instead switching to Samsung's own open-source OS, Tizen.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo essentially are the same thing, only the Neo a tad smaller and lighter, has no camera and has different color options.
Here are the Samsung Gear 2 specs:
|Display||1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320)|
|Processor||1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor|
|Operating system||Tizen-based wearable platform|
|Camera (Gear 2 only)||2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920x1080, 1080x1080, 1280x960)|
|Video||Codec: H.264, H.263; Format: 3GP, MP4; HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording|
|Audio||Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis; Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG|
|Camera Features||Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature|
|Fitness features||1. Heart Rate sensor; 2. Pedometer; 3. Exercise (Standalone Modes: Running, Walking; Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking); 4. Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)|
|Music||Music Player with Bluetooth Headset and Speaker|
|Watch-on Remote||Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor|
|Basic Features||Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps)|
|Apps||Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather|
|Downloadable features||Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo|
|Gear 2 strap options||Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange|
|Gear 2 Neo strap options||Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange|
|Ruggedness||IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation|
|Featured apps||Banjo, BMW, CNN , Conde Nast, Expedia, eBay, Evernote, Feedly, GARMIN, Glympse, GM (Onstar 4GLTE), iControl, Line, Path, Paypal, RUNTASTIC, Volkswagen, Weather Channel, Under Armour (Map my fitness).|
|Samsung Services||Samsung Apps|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED<|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate|
|Dimensions||Gear 2: 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g; Gear 2 Neo: 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g|
|Battery life||Li-ion 300mAh; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days|
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