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Samsung Unveils Line of Gear 2 Smart Watches Featuring 'Tizen' Mobile Operating System

Samsung today unveiled its new line of Gear 2 smart watches, which follows the release of its Galaxy Gear smart watch last year. Like its predecessor, the flagship Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and mobile speakers, but also now contains a built-in IR blaster and a camera that has been moved from the wristband to the front of the device. Meanwhile, the cheaper Gear 2 Neo is lighter than its higher-end counterpart, and does not feature a camera.

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Samsung's Gear 2 Neo (left) and Gear 2 (right) smart watches

Both watches are running Samsung's new Tizen mobile platform, which was developed in collaboration with Intel as well as multiple telecommunications companies. Samsung says that users can expect an "enriched application ecosystem" as well as compatibility with over a dozen Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.

The Gear 2 is said to include a 300 mAh battery that provides anywhere from 2-3 days of typical usage, as well as a heart rate sensor and pedometer for fitness tracking.

The ability to monitor health-related metrics will reportedly be one of the main features of Apple's iWatch, which is in development and could be released later this year. Throughout the past year, Apple has hired a number of health experts in fields related to health metrics, and also is said to be developing a "Healthbook" app for iOS 8. It was also reported last week that Apple is interested in acquiring health wearable maker Basis, which currently integrates many advanced health-centric technologies into its current products.

Samsung will be releasing the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo in various colors, with both devices receiving Charcoal Black and Wild Orange options. Additionally, the Gear 2 will be released in a Gold Brown option while the Gear 2 Neo will be offered a Mocha Grey colorway.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available internationally starting April, with pricing to be announced soon. The company is also expected to unveil its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone at its Unpacked 2014 event during Mobile World Congress 2014 later this week, with recent reports suggesting that the device will feature an integrated fingerprint sensor.

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27 weeks ago

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Stop being a snob. It's interesting to see what other companies release. The way I see it this is a tech site, period.
Rating: 64 Votes
27 weeks ago
Does anyone know the address of samsungrumors.com?
Rating: 34 Votes
27 weeks ago
I'm loving these MAC RUMORS, guys. ;)
Rating: 27 Votes
27 weeks ago

Sometimes being first to the market doesn't equal success. Samsung better hope this one isn't a flop as well :rolleyes:


It appears they just keep releasing new products based on apple rumors. By late this year, we may have the S Watch 3 or 4 at the time the 1st "iWatch" is released.
Rating: 20 Votes
27 weeks ago
And everyone that bought a galaxy gear hates Samsung even more now.
Rating: 17 Votes
27 weeks ago
i can't wait for samsung to release 6" samsung watch
Rating: 16 Votes
27 weeks ago
Still feels indifferent to their watches. I like your TVs and fridges better, Samsung.
Rating: 15 Votes
27 weeks ago
I think I would be more excited if Samsung released an actual gear.
Rating: 14 Votes
27 weeks ago

Does anyone know the address of samsungrumors.com?


Here it is:

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Rating: 12 Votes
27 weeks ago

Stop being a snob. It's interesting to see what other companies release. The way I see it this is a tech site, period.


My issue is that they only target Samsung rumors. I have a Note 3 and have been following Android for years. This is just a fraction of the Android news. LG announced 2 phones last week and just yesterday Lenovo said that they will announce a tablet on Monday. During mobile congress this week we could see maybe 10 other smart watches from other Android OEM'S yet Macrumors only cherry pick Samsung.
And I rarely see any Windows Phones on Macrumors. I bet over 90% of you guys didn't even know that Nokia just released the Nokia Icon on Verizon. Most of you are only Apple lovers but I'm a gadget lover. Sucks to see news being targeted for click responses. Stick with Apple rumors or become a site like Engadget.
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