Just a few days before the IFA 2015 electronics show is set to kick off in Berlin, Samsung has announced its new Gear S2 smartwatch. The device, which doesn’t seem to offer any hint of Google’s Android Wear in any shape or form, has a round 1.2-inch screen, runs Tizen, has 4 GB of memory, and also has fitness features such as “S Health” and Nike+ Running.
Gear S2 smartwatches unveiled
Samsung also notes that the device has a rotating bezel, plus back and home buttons allowing users to quickly interact with the user interface. Apparently this is a more precise method of accessing apps, similar to what Apple has tried to achieve with the Apple Watch‘s Digital Crown.
There are two different designs of the Gear S2 – one for people that want a clean and modern design, and those who prefer a more classic look.
The screen on both models has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels at 302 pixels per inch, with a 1 GHz dual core processor and a battery that will last a couple of days. Aside from the not-too-shabby battery life, what’s different about the S2 is that Samsung is also offering a 3G model that has an electronic SIM with voice capability, meaning users can use it for some of the typical smartphone functions.
The Gear S2 will be available in a dark grey colour as well as in silver with a white band. The Gear S2 classic will be available with a black case and leather band. More details about the device will be available at the IFA event later this week.