Samsung Announces The Gear S2 Smartwatch Powered By Tizen

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Samsung has now officially announced its round Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.

Smartwatches are increasingly becoming a common sight these days. I myself got an LG G Watch and I must say, it is quite a nifty addition to my lifestyle.

If you too are in the market for a new smartwatch then this may interest you. Samsung recently announced the launch of their newest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. The watch uses a rather unique rotating bezel which can be used for some of the same functions as the Apple Watch such as zooming in/out of content and controlling movement in a number of apps and games. In addition, the S2 also sports Home and Back buttons. Rather curious indeed.

Image taken from http://www.gsmarena.com
Image taken from http://www.gsmarena.com

For those interested, the watch comes in two variants, the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic. The Gear S2 classic is aimed at those who want a more traditional look for their watch and as such sports a black finish and leather band whereas the Gear S2 has a more minimal and modern design. Both variants however have something that most smartwatches lack; a 3G radio. This is quite handy when WiFi isn’t available to connect the smartwatch to the user’s smartphone. The Gear S2 with 3G uses an e-SIM with voice capability. It also has NFC thus enabling the watch to actually carry out mobile payments. Tech specs include a dual core 1.0 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal memory. From a software perspective, Samsung has ditched the regular Android Wear OS and implemented the open source Tizen OS into the Gear S2.

Image taken from http://www.phonedog.com
Image taken from http://www.phonedog.com

The watch boasts a thickness of just 11.4-millimeters and sports a 1.2” circular screen with 302ppi 360 x 360 resolution display. According to Samsung, users will have the ability to check notifications, calendar events, and emails and even send text messaged from the watch itself. Looks like you’ll never have to take your phone out of your pocket again. All this would be a killer on battery right? Well according to Samsung, a single charge should be able to keep the watch going for around 2-3 days. Now that’s pretty impressive. Just to make things a bit cooler, Samsung also ships a wireless charges with the S2

Samsung says that a number of apps optimized for the Gear S2’s circular UI will be available at launch.

The Gear S2 will be available in a dark gray case with a Dark gray band, and silver case with a white band whilst the Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a black case with a leather band.

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