Originally scheduled to be unveiled at IFA trade show in Berlin, two new Samsung smartwatches has just made their unexpected debut. The futuristic-looking Gear S2 and more traditional the timeless Gear S2 Classic carry round face and are the very first wearables to run Samsung-made Tizen OS. Here’s pretty much all you want to know about the smartwatches starting from their design and specs to end on its US distributors.
The new Gear S2 watches will be offered via Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular
To kick off from the Samsung Gear S2, the watch sports a very modern design and is claimed to be a perfect option for all those who are on-the-go and prefer minimalistic look. Whereas, due to black finishing and genuine leather black wrist strap, the Gear S2 is definitely an alternative more proper for those valuing more classic look. Although both smartphones measure only 11.4mm in profile, featuring a metal body case the standard Gear S2 is a bit heavier than the Gear S2.
Remember when some time ago we speculated on the Gear S2 rotating bezels? The watches indeed include a rotating bezels which enable navigation around the menu. Additionally, there are also two physical buttons that allows you to cope with notification in a faster and more convenient manner.
Specs-wise, the Gear S2 and S2 Classic are pretty much identical. Closed in a water and dust resistant body shell certified with IP68 tag both devices are equipped with round faces housing a circular Super AMOLED display with 320p of resolution which translates to 302ppi of pixel density. Powered by dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 512GB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage, the smartwatches work on Tizen wearable platform software, which is definitely a younger and a much smaller ecosystem than the Android Wear. Furthermore, the Gear S2 and S2 Classic are kept alive by 250 mAh wirelessly charged batteries, which are reported to last 2-3 days without charging.
The watches also offer Wi-Fi, NFC and a heart rate monitor that along with apps like Nike+ Running and Health S makes it a perfect fitness companion. Despite Samsung ensures that the NFC chips employed on the devices will allow for mobile payments similarly to Apple Watch, the company doesn’t say a word on Samsung Pay service in reference to the watches.
More than that, there is also a 3G version of the Gear S2 available which features a bit stronger 300 mAh battery and SIM-card slot that allows for using the watch independently from your smartphone. Being a very-first SIM-enabled smartwatch the 3G Gears S2 won’t only provide you with access to calendar, notifications, text, email and fitness goals but as well allow for making regular voice calls.
Moving on to the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic prices and availability, scheduled to hit the market this fall the watches will soon join the list of offerings of carriers like Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular. Unfortunately, it’s still too early to discuss the watches’ pricing and specific availability dates since so far none of the mentioned service providers shared pricing details. At the day of the Gear S2 launch Samsung is more than likely to distribute the wearables via big US retailers like Best Buy.