Samsung has finally brought its gorgeous Gear S2 smartwatch to India. The smartwatch will be available in two variants – Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, priced at Rs 24,300 and Rs 25,800 respectively. Both variants will be exclusively available on Flipkart.
One of the talking points of the Gear S2 is its gorgeous design, which unlike most smartwatches out there (including Apple Watch) boasts a circular design. It also doesn’t come with a flat tyre dead zone seen on the Motorola Moto 360 and makes use of all the space. As for the variants, Samsung says that the Gear S2 is ‘ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design’. The Gear S2 classic, on the other hand, is for users ‘who prefer a more timeless watch design’.
While the Gear S2 supports touch inputs, what sets it apart from other smartwatches is an intuitive rotating bezel. This bezel can be used to navigate the user interface, while the two physical buttons on the side can be used to go ‘one step back’ and the other to ‘launch the app drawer’.
Another differentiating factor is the operating system, which is yet another example of how Samsung is distancing itself from Google. Instead of running on Android Wear, it runs on the homegrown Tizen OS. There are basic apps to keep you notified of emails, text messages, news, calendar events and fitness related activities. But one will miss out on the growing number of third-party apps available on Google’s operating system.
As for customization options, the Gear S2 will be available in a dark gray case with silver or white bands. The Gear S2 Classic looks more like a regular watch with a black finish and black leather band, and you also get an option to swap bands. At CES 2015 last month, Samsung unveiled two new premium color variants of the smartwatch, called Platinum and Rose Gold. These variants, the company says, will be launched in India by end of this month.
Samsung Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic specifications and features: Both variants feature the same set of internals and are only differentiated on their design. So what you get is a 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) circular display, and a 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM underneath. On the storage front, there is 4GB inbuilt memory available.
The Gear S2 also features a 250mAh battery, which Samsung says is good enough to last 2-3 days. This is impressive considering the Apple Watch needs to be charged at the end of each day. There is also a heart rate monitor, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11n, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.