At IFA 2015, Samsung unveiled its Tizen OS powered Gear S2 smartwatch. Now, almost four months later, Samsung is all set to launch the smartwatch along with the Gear VR headset in India, later today. Also Read - Phones launching next week: Pixel 6 series, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Motorola Edge S, moreAlso Read - Phones launched last week: Realme GT Neo 2, Moto E40, OnePlus 9RT, and more
One of the highlights of the Gear S2 smartwatch is its circular design and the rotating bezel. You can use the touch-based gestures or the rotate the bezel to jump between the menus, features and apps. The Gear S2 is available in two different variants Gear S2 with silicon band and the Gear S2 Classic, which has a more timeless watch design and comes with stainless steel exteriors and premium leather bands. There is also a 3G variant with a SIM card slot, but there is no word whether Samsung will launch it now. Also Read - Good news for iPhone loves! Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone market
Samsung Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic specifications: Except for bands and stainless steel exteriors on the Gear S2 Classic, both variants are equipped with same hardware. They sport a 1.2-inch (360 360 pixels) circular display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. They are powered by a Exynos 3250 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage.
Armed with 250mAh battery, it is good enough to offer battery life of up to three days, Samsung claims. On the other hand, the 3G variant features a slightly larger 300mAh battery, which Samsung claims can last for two days. On the connectivity front, you get NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.1. The Gear S2 also has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and a heart-rate monitor.
Tizen OS is one thing that differentiates the Gear S2 from other smartwatches. While there are apps to notify you of emails, text messages, news, calendar events and fitness related activities, users will miss out on the number of third-party apps available on Google s Android Wear OS.
Samsung Gear VR headset: Samsung recently unveiled its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset in the US priced at $99 (approximately Rs 6,500). Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the headset comes with a bunch of sensors on board, such as accelerometer, proximity and gyro sensors. Oculus also announced content for the platform which includes services such as Twitch, Hulu, TiVo, Netflix, Lionsgate, and popular gaming titles such as Minecraft, Titans of Space and Action Blowing among others.