From squares to circles, our preferred watch faced design has gone through the stages of evolving to societies fashion consensus. Though, we’re likely to always go back to the circle, eventually. Samsung decided to do that very thing, leaving the square faced Gear S for its latest Circular UX Gear S2.
Thanks to the circular bezel, it rotates to navigate – interaction with the screen without obstructing views on the 1.2-inch (360 x 360) screen. On the device, other than the rotating bezel navigation you’ll have a home button and a back button to help make your way around the OS.
Tempting potential smart watch owners with two user focused designs: the quick detachable silicon band on the Gear S2 and the timeless 22mm leather band on the Gear S2 Classic – allowing buyers to choose based on their lifestyle preferences.
Thin and compact at 11-4mm thin (non-3G), the aforementioned screen will allow you to view your notifications on its home-grown Tizen OS running a 1GHz dual-core processor. Utilising a 24-hour activity log, its functions include calendar, e-mail and news glances, as well as text notifications.
For the first time ever, the Gear S2 will also come with an e-SIM option that runs on a 3G network. In-built with NFC, you’ll be able to use the function for mobile payment enabled terminals through Samsung Pay.
Solving issues with home and car security, the Gear S2 is capable of connecting to smart homes and cars that use smart car keys. The device will allow you to run about for 2-3 days on its 250 or 300 mAh (3G model) before having to charge it with the included wireless charging dock.
A smart wearable that will cater to individualistic creature comforts of having a personalised device. Partnering with organisations will allow Samsung to offer a range of visual watch faces and watch bands, allowing you to fully customise your wearable to make it your own.
Water resistant with a water and dust resistant IP68 rating across all variants, so the Gear S2 can be worn during any sweat earning activities and it’ll allow you to track your movements through its activity tracker (inclusive of an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor and so on).
The 3 models differ in dimensions slightly and are listed below:
Gear S2 (non-3G) – 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm (47g), dark grey case & band or silver case & band
Gear S2 classic – 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4mm (42g), black case with matching leather band
Gear S2 (3G) – 44 x 51.8 x 13.4mm (51g), dark grey case & band or silver case & band
All three will run the same aforementioned processor and come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. They’ll also be equip with Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 for the internet and pairing. Samsung brought great news to its wearable users as the new Gear S2 will now work with other Android devices (not restricted to its Samsung smart phones). Prerequisites for pairing are the smart phone runs Android 4.4 and above, as well as at least 1.5GB of RAM.
Slated to go on sale from October onwards, this smart wearable will be priced at € 349 / approx RM 1,645 (Gear S2, non-3G) and € 399 / approx RM 1,880 (Gear S2 classic) in Europe but no information has come to light on the price of the 3G version. Just to compare, the most affordable Apple Watch Sport 38mm in France costs € 399 / approx RM 1,880. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of its availability and pricing in Asia just yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Samsung releases any news in the future.
You can check out the full livestream of the device below (skip to 30 minutes for the actual presentation).
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