It’s no longer cool to be square as almost every tech company with a smartwatch has decided to go for a round watchface than square, and Samsung is the latest company to hop onto that wagon with the Samsung Gear S2, their next generation Gear smartwatch with an all-new round face.
Samsung teased the Samsung Gear S2 during their media briefing last month where they unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, but refused to release any details. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait too long as Samsung has now revealed all the details for the new device.
So, the Samsung Gear S2 is the company’s first round smartwatch, and as it lacks the “Galaxy” branding, we already know that it’ll be running Samsung’s own OS, Tizen. This means that it’ll be compatible only with Samsung smartphones, which is a bit of a shame.
The device itself comes with a 1.2-inch circular screen with a resolution of 360 x 360. The watch also comes with a unique rotating bexel, and home and back buttons allowing for easier navigation than swipes, flicks, and shakes.
The watch comes in two flavours, the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic, the S2 is set to appeal to all, whereas the Gear S2 classic is aimed at those looking for a more traditional watch feel. Essentially they’re both the same device, but one comes with an “elegant” black finish, and a genuine leather band.
Samsung, like with some Android Wear devices, have also made a Gear S2 with 3G connectivity allowing users to use the watch without being tethered to their device, which is a plus for those who’d rather work-out without being weighed down by a smartphone.
Speaking of fitness, the Gear S2 comes with fitness tracking, and encourages consumers to stay healthy and active. It’ll offer a 24-hour activity log, letting users view daily progress and patterns at a glance. It’s built in heart rate monitor also helps with that.
Also on board is NFC connectivity allowing the use of the watch with contactless payments. Samsung is working with a number of partners across different industries to expand the usability of wearables, from making payments, to starting vehicles, to opening your hotel room.
All of this will also be supported by a battery that’ll last up to 2-3 days, according to Samsung.
The Samsung Gear S2 will be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band. The Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a Black case with a Leather band.
Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.