After briefly teasing it on stage at an event in August, Samsung has finally released several product details about the Gear S2 and also surprised Gear fans with the announcement of two versions: the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic.
Samsung said that the two versions were created to appeal to two distinct consumer preferences with the Gear S2 Classic targeted at users “who prefer a more timeless watch design.”
The regular model will be available in a dark gray case with gray band or in silver with a white band while the Gear S2 Classic features a black finish with a matching leather band.
The smartwatch comes has a 1.2-inch circular display with a resolution of 360 x 360 surrounded by a rotating bezel. The bezel along with the Home and Back buttons will be used to access notifications and applications giving it a better and more convenient user experience.
NFC is built in, with Samsung claiming it’ll eventually be able to make mobile payments (presumably through Samsung Pay, but there’s no confirmation yet). Samsung is also promising a battery life of 2-3 days which is almost double that of the Apple Watch (up to 18 hours).
A big downside is that the watch runs the Tizen OS which means the Gear S2 won’t have access to Android Wear’s growing collection of third-party apps. However, the Samsung Gear S2 will keep you updated with texts, calendar notifications, e-mails, news and fitness goals.
Other specs include a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage and wireless charging.
The new Gear S2 does look sleek and is a significant improvement over Samsung’s previous Tizen wearables. The company still hasn’t announced the price and the release date but industry experts are speculating that it may not be too far off.