Samsung Gear 2 Neo watch: Look ma, no camera (pictures)
What does the Gear 2 Neo do differently from the Gear 2? It doesn't have a camera. Take a look at the new design for yourself.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, both announced at Mobile World Congress, are Samsung's two newest smartwatches, successors to last fall's Galaxy Gear. The Gear 2 Neo is very similar to the Gear 2, but it is slightly lighter and missing a camera. Hopefully that means it'll be a bit cheaper when it goes on sale. Here it is next to the original Gear.
Whereas the Gear 2 offers a 2-megapixel snapper, similar to the original Gear (pictured), the Gear 2 Neo leaves you without any means of capturing stills. Taking photos using the current Galaxy Gear isn't exactly the most graceful affair, so this might not be such a terrible omission.
To distinguish it from the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo comes with a choice of alternatively coloured straps. The Gear has a brown option, while the Gear 2 Neo comes in gray. Both models are also available in black and orange.
Like the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo has some health-monitoring tricks up its sleeve. A heart-rate sensor is on board, as is a pedometer. The idea is that you'll use the Gear 2 Neo to keep track of your fitness. In this regard, Samsung is taking on existing fitness tech, like Nike's FuelBand.