After giving a brief glimpse at its Unpacked event last month, Samsung has today revealed everything we need to know about its new Gear S2 smartwatch, well almost. The company is still withholding pricing and availability details of the smartwatch, but that is something it could reveal at IFA this week. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 5G India launch nearing as support page goes liveAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
Samsung s smartwatch will be available in two variants Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic. The two variants are distinguished on the basis of their design. The Gear S2, Samsung says, 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 . Also Read - Samsung Odyssey G3, Odyssey G5, Odyssey G7 gaming monitors launched: Details here
As seen in the above photos, the Gear S2 will be available in a dark gray case with silver or white bands, while the Gear S2 classic looks more like a regular watch with a black finish and black leather band. Samsung is also offering users a chance to customize their wearable with options to swap bands.
Samsung Gear S2 specifications and features
The smartwatch flaunts a 1.2-inch circular display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels, which translates into a pixel density of 302ppi. It is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. Also on offer is 4GB internal memory.
The smartwatch also features a 250mAh battery that the company claims is good enough for 2-3 days of usage. There is also a 3G-enabled variant, which features a 300mAh battery, which is good enough for two days of usage. Connectivity options include NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.1. It is also sturdy enough for the outdoors with IP68 certified dust and water resistance.
The one thing that differentiates it from the other smartwatches in the market is that it runs on Samsung s Tizen OS. There are basic apps to keep you notified of emails, text messages, news, calendar events and fitness related activities. But users will miss out on the growing number of third-party apps available on Google s Android Wear OS. The selection of apps too is way behind what you get on the Apple Watch.
As mentioned above, there is currently no word on when Samsung plans on launching the smartwatch, or at what price for that matter. The company will be hosting an event later this week at IFA, where it will presumably reveal this information.
For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market, JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung s IT & Mobile Business said.
The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung s most progressive innovation. It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun, he adds.