With the IFA consumer electronics trade show this week, it’s time to watch out for big announcements from the mobile phone manufacturers. First to make a statement is Samsung as they reveal the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch.
The Gear S2 is a timepiece with a circular design that incorporates a rotating bezel and Home & Back buttons, for improved ease of operation. Powered by Samsung’s custom UX and Tizen OS, the Gear S2 will be released in three variations:
Each of the variations will have a 1.2” circular display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. A 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM powers the experience, which from a single charge should last 2-3 days.
The Gear S2 will have a 4GB user memory and for practical purposes it will be IP68 certified for dust and water resistance. Samsung is currently working with partners to bring out a range of watch bands, which simply click on and off, and a range of watch faces.
The Gear S2 does far more than tell the time. At a glance wearers can check notifications, emails, calendar events and the news. They can send a pre-set text message, make mobile payments with NFC, check the weather and use maps with navigation.
The 3G version of the Gear S2 ensures that voice capability is ready to perform when the smartwatch is not closely tethered to a phone. As a bonus the 3G version has S Voice and Voice Memo pre-installed.
All models have a music player, gallery, Find My Device feature, Privacy Lock, Power Saving Mode and access to Samsung Gear Apps.
The Gear S2 should also be one of the best sport bands with the S Health and Nike+ Running apps. A 24-hour activity log is kept to enable the wearer to see progress and patterns and motivational reminder updates help to keep them on track.
No pricing has been announced yet but the 3G version will most certainly be the most expensive of the trio.
Written by: Michael Brown