Samsung has updated the Gear S2 in few ways. The CES 2016 is on and we are following.
Samsung’s Gear S2 is one of the best smartwatches on the market right now and now it got even better. Samsung has promised to bring iOS support for the smartwatch ‘later this year’. The other major update is support for Samsung Pay. There’s no exact date for either but Samsung is working on them.
Also there will be two new color options available for the Gear S2 Classic, one with platinum and another with rose gold. Specifications remain unchanged. Pricing and exact dates are still unknown.
Samsung has released three Gear S2 models. The watch will be available in two different designs and with or without 3G capabilities.
The Gear S2 pictured above is the normal model. It has a very simplistic and sporty design with a circular display, simple color scheme and simple default watch face. The Gear S2 has two buttons on the right side and a microphone between them. The back has the usual heart rate sensor and the strap is rubber. The color options are grey with a grey watch band or silver with a white watch band. The bezel is rotating and used to control the watch.
The Gear S2 classic is the more premium looking watch with genuine leather band and stealthy black color. The rotating bezel also has some grooves to offer more grip.
The third model is the 3G model but we don’t know which design it uses as the Samsung press release does not tell that.
The technical specifications are top notch with 1.2″ 360 x 360 Super AMOLED circular display, dual core 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The WiFi and NFC only models have 250mAh battery and the 3G model pack a 300mAh juicer. Both the designs are IP68 cetrified against water and dust. All the models run Tizen OS and have the rotating bezel to control the user interface.
The Gear S2 measures at 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm and 47g. The classic model is a little smaller at 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4mm and 42g. The 3G model is a little more substantial with 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm and 51g measurements.
As we don’t have any information about pricing or availability we are left just hoping that Samsung won’t copy the Apple Watch’s prices or Note 5’s availability. Obviously the sporty normal model is going to be more affordable than the classic model but Samsung says that they are working with partners to bring a wide variety of watch bands to replace that cheap looking plastic strap with something more beautiful if the classic model appears to be too expensive.
Source: Samsung Press Release
At the Note 5 and S6 edge+ event Samsung also teased the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch. The round smartwatch packs an understated metal design.
The Note 5 event wasn’t just official news. Only things we really know about the teased Gear S2 smartwatch are its name and that it’ll be announced at IFA in Berlin next month.
We have heard a lot of rumors about rotating bezel and in the teaser video, the screen capture looked like it was using the rotating bezel as controls. The official teaser pictures also showed two buttons on the side of the device. We can guess that the device will run some version of Tizen and it’ll be compatible with only Samsung smartphones and tablets.
The thing we are really looking for is the battery life. Has Samsung sorted out the biggest shortcoming of smartwatches, the poor battery life? Also, does the Gear S2 somehow include the Samsung Pay and will it copy Apple Watch’s price? I’m sure Samsung will need to have lower price to sell a single one of these. Trying beat Apple with similar prices is a direct sentence to fail.