Update – September 3 : Samsung confirmed the pricing of its latest smartwatch for two countries. The Gear S2 is priced at 349 Euros in Finland and 2,599kr in Denmark while the Gear S2 Classic would be available for 399 Euro in Finland and 2,999kr in Denmark. Pricing for other countries has not been unveiled yet, but it would certainly be revealed at the launch event happening at IFA today.
Samsung has officially unwrapped the curtains at IFA. Their Gear S2 smartwatch is official, and it is going on sale this October. The Smartwatch is going to be compatible with the devices running Android 4.4 and at least 1.5GB of RAM.
Company has included NFC capability on the Gear S2 for the sole purpose of mobile payments. Its service Samsung Pay is coming on the new Tizen-OS powered device sometime in November. Keep in mind that even though the smartwatch is compatible with non-Samsung devices, the mobile payment service won’t work with non-Samsung devices, as the Samsung Pay feature won’t be available on those devices.
Other than the full set of connectivity features, company has also focused on offering fitness features too, as the S-Health app is integrated on the Gear S2. Meaning you can directly interact with S-Health app on your device to see the health stats. And since it even packs heart rate sensor you’ll be able to check bpm among many other things.
Update – September 1 : Samsung has revealed its latest Tizen-powered smart watches named Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, it is targeted towards the customers who “prefer more timeless watch design.”
Talking about the Gear S2 Classic, it is one with a premium design as it features a black finish with a matching leather band and is aimed to take on the high-end smart watches like the LG Watch Urbane and also the Apple watch. The regular Gear S2 will sport a dark gray case with a gray band or in silver with a white band and the company also says that it can be easily swapped for different styles.
While the Gear S2 uses a 1.2-inch circular display that has a resolution of 360 X 360 and is surrounded by a rotating bezel that will help you to control it. There are also home, and back buttons meant to access the notifications. Another important feature is that NFC is built-in with that Samsung is claiming that it can make mobile payments through Samsung pay, but there is no official confirmation about it. The company is also promising that the battery life will range from 2 to 3 days.
The big downside of Gear S2 is that it won’t have access to growing Android Wear collection of third party apps. But Samsung says it will keep you notified of all your texts, calendars, emails, breaking news and Fitness goals and there is also a 3G compatible model that will allow for voice calls. A 24-hour activity log will keep track of your fitness progression and will always notify to reach those targets.
Earlier – August 31 : When Samsung unveiled the first look of its new smartwatch, the Gear S2, during the Unpacked event for Note 5 and S6 Edge+ launch, we thought that we might get more than just the teaser of the watch. But unfortunately, no further details were revealed by the South Korean giant. And now we know why.
Samsung has been the main attraction of the IFA Expo because the company has introduced its Note lineup every year in Berlin and it was always followed by some interesting accessories. Only until last year we saw the Tizen OS based smartwatch announced at IFA as well. Now coming to this year, the new Note 5 has already been announced, and it is up to the Gear S2 Smartwatch to maintain that charm for Samsung that company is being kept for years during IFA week.
Keeping software and specs mystery, the S2 seem to more stylish than any other smartwatch currently in the market. A circular dial with the unfamiliar interface, it could turn out to be the best smartwatch in the wearables arena.
The Gear S2 is scheduled to be revealed on IFA stage in Berlin, which is just around the corner on September 3rd. The chances are that this next iteration of Gear S would also be powered by a Tizen OS, just like its predecessor.
From the Images shared by Company, we know that it would be packing heavy set of sensors like Heart rate monitor. If it’s a continuous monitoring system on the Gear S2, it would be hard to get a day’s battery life out of that tiny battery it would be housing. Company has been teasing about the watch with teaser videos, check one out if you haven’t.
Though, we don’t know so far what would be the capacity of it. But it wouldn’t matter if the smartwatch is packing so many sensors as well as the SIM connectivity feature like the original Gear Watch.