Samsung has just officially revealed its much-anticipated circular smartwatch, the Gear S2. The company had previously teased the wearable device in multiple events, such as the fashion-focused one in August. The rumor mill was also justified again as the smartwatch will come in two editions.
The Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic are virtually identical in terms of hardware and software with the only real difference being the way they are marketed. The S2 Classic version will ship in a black case with a leather band that will appeal to the more traditional users while the standard version will ship in a more modern case with a gray or white band.
Both smartwatches will have a circular 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 that translates to 302ppi, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core 1.0GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage. The wearables are not waterproof but they do have an IP68 rating so they can withstand dust and splashes of water. Furthermore, they are equipped with all kinds of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate monitor and an ambient light sensor.
Notably, the Gear S2 will be running Samsung’s own Tizen OS and will obviously come equipped with several of the company’s apps as well as third-party fitness services courtesy of Samsung’s latest partnership with Nike. It will also support e-SIMs in the 3G version of the smartwatch so that you can actually make calls with it. The pair of smartwatches will also support NFC which is most likely a way for the company to introduce Samsung Pay to yet another audience, much like Apple did with Apple Pay on its own smartwatch. As for their price and release date, Samsung wants both to stay secret for a while longer.