Samsung was expected to launch their Gear S smartwatch at the IFA this year, but apparently the watch was unveiled a tad earlier i.e. today. With the IFA, Berlin starting from 2nd it was believed that Samsung would air their device on that very date. Samsung thought otherwise.
Instead they preferred to unveil their smartwatch in their homeland - Seoul, South Korea. Nevertheless the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch(s) will make its first public appearance at the Samsung stall in the mega trade show in Berlin.
As expected the Korean electronics giant launched not one but two smartwatches dubbed the Gear S2 and a S2 Classic. The only major difference between the two lies in the exterior get up. While the Gear S2 receives a conventional sportier design with an option of black/white case along with a black/white silicon band, the S2 Classic dons a more traditional look and feel. Going by the name you can easily assume that the watch features a leather band instead of the silicon one. The dial also looks more premium and ‘watch-like'!
In terms of specifications the Samsung Gear S2 features 1GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory along with a 1.2 inch fully circular Super AMOLED display (360x360). Surrounding the display is a round bezel which doubles up a navigation button across various menus. Samsung claims that this new rotatable bezel make the watch more intuitive and fun to use than the other ones available in the market. Further the watch features a IP68 waterproof, dust proof protection.
Connectivity wise the smartwatch features a Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. And as expected, Samsung has launched a 3G variant of the smartwatch - albeit at a higher price. The USP of this 3G variant though lies in the fact that it uses an e-SIM, thereby making it the first e-SIM device available in the market. Unlike the other variants, which comes with a 250mAh battery, the 3G variant features 300mAh version. The company claims that the normal variants will last for 2-3days of usage while the 3G will for just 2 days.
Physical dimension of Samsung Gear S2 are 42.3 × 49.8 × 11.4mm, while Classic model measures 39.9 × 43.6 × 11.4mm. A 250mAh battery will power both devices - it is rated to last for 2-3 days of regular usage.