The wait is finally over guys!! After days of anticipation (and a whole bunch of leaked images), Samsung have finally launched their highly acclaimed Gear S2 smartwatch. What makes this device different from all their previous smartwatches is the fact that it’s the first circular smartwatch manufactured by Samsung. With the demand for circular watches on an all time rise now and with the recent successes of the Moto 360, the LG Watch Urbane and the Huaweii watch, Samsung also decided to finally make their presence felt in this particular market segment.
Samsung, during their recent Unpacking Event where they announced the GALAXY Note 5 and the GAALXY S6 Edge Plus had shown a small teaser of their upcoming round faced watch but that was just about it. The South Korean tech giants always tend to have a bunch of surprises rolled up their sleeves and this time it was no different. Much to everyone’s delight, Samsung launched not one but two different variants; the Samsung Gear S2 and the Samsung Gear S2 Classic.
Both watches feature circular 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) sAMOLED displays along with physical rotating bezels and home/back buttons. According to Samsung, the S2 Classic which is only available in black with a matching genuine leather band is especially designed to cater to those individuals who prefer a more “timeless watch design”. The Gear S2 on the other hand has a more futuristic design and comes in two color variants: Dark gray with a matching gray strap and a sleek looking Silver version with a white Strap.
Under the hood of both the devices, you will find a 1-GHz dual-core Exynos 3250 processor powered by Samsung’s own Tizen OS (personally speaking we would have preferred if it was Android Wear but it doesn’t really matter as long as the devices look sleek and trendy…Right?), 512MB RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, Wi-Fi support , a 250mAH battery which according to Samsung is enough to last for 2-3 days on a single charge, the usual sensors that include: Acc, Gyro, HRM and Barometer, IP68 Certification making both the devices water resistant and NFC support for mobile payments as well as wireless charging. Both watches are enclosed in an ultra sleek 11.4mm thin frame that further enhances their beauty.
In another major announcement, Samsung have also promised to roll out a 3G enabled Gear S2 with a beefed up 300mAH battery and support for (a first of a kind) e-SIM for making voice calls directly from the watch. Sounds cool doesn’t it? Well guys that’s all the info we have regarding the watches till now. As far as the prices and availability are concerned, we might get to know a few more details at the upcoming IFA 2015 spectacle that kicks off on Sept 4th from Berlin, Germany where both the devices would be available on display. So which one would you be opting for?