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Feb
gear2

Samsung leaks have been harder to come by as of late - with the Galaxy S5 probably arriving at a press event on Monday, we still haven't seen hide nor hair of the hardware. But perennial leaker Evleaks has just posted two photos of what appear to be successors to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. According to a later tweet, the watches may drop the standard "Galaxy" branding.

The biggest change on display is the addition of a physical button on the "face" of the phone. Mirroring Samsung's near-universal phone and tablet design, it's a slightly rounded physical button (presumably without the flanking capacitive buttons). It also looks like the camera from the original Galaxy Gear has been moved up slightly - it's now just above the face instead of further down the watch band. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have very slight stylistic differences, especially in the screen frame and camera, but look pretty similar in a functional sense. Copper/gold and black color options are shown, but there will probably be multiple colors available at launch.

The UI itself is a bit different, with both models showing shortcut notifications on the home screen. Strangely the Gear 2 shows a camera icon and the Gear 2 Neo shows a notification icon in the first slot, despite both models clearly having cameras. Both use what look like general "activity" and "settings" icons in the second and third slots.

Assuming that the leaked names are correct, the Gear 2 Neo should be a lower-price option, presumably with lower specs and/or fewer features a la the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. The date in the photos, February 24th, means that a reveal at the Unpacked 5 event on Monday is all but certain. We're expecting the Galaxy S5 at the same Barcelona event.

Update: Here is the orange variant of the Gear 2:

orange

Source: Evleaks

Michael Crider
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    first

    • Mozaik

      Here is your cookie !! , now go to sleep.

  • Fabian Pineda

    A cheaper version of the smartwatch with Universal device compatibility would be a killer!

  • Casin

    How is it that the plastic one, the supposedly cheaper Neo, looks better than the more premium one?

    • Matt

      Yeah, usually Samsung is so well-known for their high-quality design work.

    • ins0mn1a

      feature creep cut in half to make it cheaper.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    But wait, if these two drop the Galaxy branding, doesn't that mean that they can be Tizen-equipped?

  • Cesar

    If they're dropping the "Galaxy" branding, maybe that means they'll be expanding compatibility with phones outside of the Galaxy line.

    ...

    Nah, what am I thinking? This is Samsung, after all.

    • Matt

      Yeah, they have their ~60% of Android market share and I really don't see them expanding compatibility for this watch to other Android phones. But prove me wrong, Samsung...prove me wrong.

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  • Jephri

    Is it any thinner? Is the battery life better? Can I use it with more than 2 devices? Does it cost 250 or less? Answer yes to the 4 questions above and I may be mildly interested.

  • Fredy Nativi

    "despite both models clearly having cameras"
    Or the Neo just has a sensor.

  • http://www.pressxordie.com Dean

    The original Gear already has "Shortcut clock", with editable shortcuts. I don't think the lack of camera icon on the Neo is pointing to lack of camera, just as not having the notification icon isn't a sign the Gear 2 lacks notification sync.

    Nice to see the button moved from the side to the front, in it's current position it's a bit of a pain to get to. Moving the camera fro the strap into the frame likely lets them being a bit more flexible with the second strap.

  • Sean Lumly

    Samsung is firing on all cylinders of late. Simplifying the definition of the 'Galaxy' brand is a powerful move and a step in the right direction (IMHO). The introduction of the Gear brand is distinct, simple and powerful.

    Additionally, the design of these smartwatches looks *much* more practical and quite attractive. I am still hoping for a 'coverable' watch band, to help personalize the look/feel of these wearable devices.

    I hope that the usefulness of such devices improves.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I think this is an indication that on Monday we will see a Galaxy S5 and a Galaxy S5 Neo. The Neo being the cheaper, plastic version and the former being the "prime" version with a metallic casing.

  • Martin

    They look good.

  • Jaime

    Looks like gear 2 has a metal frame and the gear 2 Neo has a plastic frame. That and megapixel count on the camera along a slower processor can be the differences between the two smartwatches

  • Craig Nelson

    They gotta open it up to more phones if they expect to sell well

  • spoodermain

    Feel bad for those who bought the 1st one

    • Marc Lee Winnig

      See note above!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually like the look of the orange one a lot. I'll still never buy it at that price, nor do I own a compatible phone.

  • Gabernasher

    fugly

  • Marc Lee Winnig

    Will Samsung Reward or "Punish" early adopters?

    May seem too early to ask, but I think now is the time... given what looks to be the shortest product cycle yet for a major device from a major manufacturer AND the fact that their CEO publicly stated the Gear was "not ready" when released, I have to ask... Will Samsung offer a reasonable upgrade option to Gear owners - at least those who did not buy one at "fire sale" prices? So what do you say? Samsung? Will you do the right thing here, or simply toss your most loyal customers by the wayside?

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