Samsung Gear S2 is the Koeran giant’s latest smartwatch. Based on Tizen OS, the watch has a round display and beautiful design. Samsung has really stepped up their design since Galaxy S6 release and the Gear S2 continues on that improvement.
First unveiled at the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 event in a teaser video, the Gear S2 has been getting a lot of attention. This is not the first time that Samsung is working on a non-Android Wear smartwatch but it is definitely their first circular display wearable.
Gear S2 will be available in 2 models called Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic. The former focuses on a minimalistic and simple design while the later has a more classic look, with a leather band and a ‘timeliness’ watch design. The Gear S2 will also be available in a 3G variant, which will use an e-SIM with voice capability so you can use it without pairing with a phone.
The internals of the watch are pretty standard and full featured, unlike the new Moto 360. Gear S2 ships with the following specs:
- Dual core 1.0 GHz processor
- Display: 1.2”, Circular Super AMOLED, 360×360, 302ppi
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB Storage
- Connectivity: NCF, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
- Sensors: Acc, Gyro, HRM, Barometer, Ambient light, GPS (3G)
- Battery life: ~ 2 – 3 days for non-3G model, ~ 2 days for 3G model
The dimensions of Gear S2 are the same as the new Moto 360, without the need of a flat tyre look. Gear S2′ bezels are not as thin as the Moto 360 but that is a trade off that most users would prefer over a cut off display.
In terms of software, the watch faces and apps seem nice from the videos and photos, but since this is a new OS and UI, unlike Android Wear, it is yet to be seen whether it will be popularly accepted by users. Tizen will have the usual apps such as fitness, messaging and more. Voice input will be available, however, it is not known if Gear S2 will have a speaker like the Apple Watch or skip on this handy feature like Android Wear watches. We definitely prefer having a speaker.
There is no work on pricing yet but except more details on September 3. Meanwhile, check out the announcement video below.