Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo shown off in newly leaked images

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 22, 2014


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.

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!

  • MY

    I think this time i’ll be buying the Gear Neo for my Gym moments only ;-)

  • Siphiwe

    I want a stand alone smart watch that’s capable of making calls and have it’s own SIM slot and a micro SD card as well. Once that’s done, I will give you my money Samsung without second thoughts. :)

    For now, no thank you – I’ll pass.

    • asdf

      Neptune Pine anyone?

  • Akshay Jain

    Yes yes yes!
    Finally Thanks for the tip, Akshay Jain!
    Thank you A&A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bakirsaad200

    They said that the Gear 2 would have an entirely different design compared to the current gear but what they did is adding that Homebutton and removing screws. I am disappointed. I love Samsung but this is shit!

    • sm-01

      Agree! Just an incremental upgrade, just like from the GS3 to GS4…

      • Bakirsaad200

        The same reason why I bought the Note 3 instead of the S4

    • aaron

      You can always make your own smart watch..

      • Bakirsaad200

        How does that work?

        • aaron


          • Bakirsaad200

            Hehehe I just want a futuristic design like the concepts we have seen!

  • Luka Mlinar

    Does it still cost almost as much as the Nexus 5?

    • MobileRoamer

      Who knows, but I know my Casio Pathfinder doesn’t do anything near what the Gear does, cost me $600. Bottom line, you want a cheap looking watch that came right out of the 70s recycled parts bin with crap display technology, get a Pebble. Leave the high tech stuff to the people willing to pay the entrance fee.

      • Luka Mlinar

        You payed 600$ for a Casio? O.o

      • master5hake

        I don’t think you can compare a gshock pathfinder to these toy watches.

  • venorme

    I guess no “Galaxy” thingy in naming might state that gadget will work with any Android

  • MobileRoamer

    So let’s do some deductive reasoning. It was rumored that the Galaxy Gear 2 would be running Tizen. And now we hear the Galaxy name has been dropped. We also know Galaxy branding is associated strictly to Android. Hmmmm…..I would conclude the Gear 2 is indeed running Tizen.