The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to be announced this Monday at MWC, but that’s not the only announcement that Samsung has in store for us. We’ve already heard various reports that make it pretty clear that we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 at MWC, and at least one rumor suggests that there could be a Gear Fit fitness tracker as well.
Now thanks to several new leaks from @evleaks, we not only get two different press renders of the Gear 2, but we are also treated to the first look at the Gear 2 Neo. @evleaks even reveals that Samsung may be dropping the “Galaxy” branding from its smartwatch line-up.
Aesthetically, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo look a bit more polished than the first-gen Galaxy Gear. Although some folks liked the original design, others weren’t so keen by Samsung’s decision to make the four screws visible on the front of the device. Another big difference between the Galaxy Gear and its next-gen brethren is that the new models have a different placement for the camera and include what appears to be a home button.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo pic.twitter.com/yfrbNQsVVk
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 22, 2014
So what sets the Gear 2 Neo apart from the Gear 2? While we’ve yet to see any real details when it comes to specs, Samsung has previously used the Neo moniker on the lower-end Galaxy Note 3 Neo, so it’s pretty obvious that the Gear 2 Neo will be a lower-end variant of Samsung’s next-gen smartwatch. As you can see, the Neo seems to use slightly less ‘premium’ materials for its design, and it is likely that its specs will also be somewhat reduced in order to keep pricing lower.
For now, that’s really all we know about the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, though thankfully Monday’s expected announcement should shed more light on the situation. It’s also important to note that Samsung has yet to confirm the existence of the Gear 2 or the Gear 2 Neo, so take the entire rumor with a grain of salt.
Be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority, where we’ll be bringing you more news on the next-gen Gear and other great new devices at MWC in the days to come. What do you think, excited by the next-gen Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo? Will Samsung have better luck with its next-gen variants than it did with the original Galaxy Gear?
Thanks for the tip, Akshay Jain!