Samsung tends to do its own thing, and its approach to the smartwatch market is no different. The phone giant has long eschewed the Android Wear platform in favor of its own Tizen-based wearable software. Today, Samsung announced a pair of
Galaxy Gear wearables for its platform—the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic.
Samsung says the Gear S2 is for people who are "on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design." The expression of that idea appears to be a sleek, silvery body with a rubberized sport-style band. The Gear S2 Classic is a dressier number with a genuine leather band. The company says it's working with partners to create easily-swappable bands, as well. Both devices feature rotating bezels alongside dedicated home and back buttons for input purposes.
Internally, the two wearables appear to be identical. Both members of the Gear S2 family boast a 1.2" AMOLED display with a 360x360 resolution, good for 302ppi. A 1GHz dual-core SoC with 512MB of memory and 4GB of flash storage run the show. Both models have 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy radios. Samsung claims the 250-mAh battery will last 2-3 days.
The Gear S2 smartwatches run Tizen-based wearable software like their forefathers, and they're tied to Samsung's S-Apps on Galaxy phones. Like many recent wearables, both smartwatches can track heart rate and walking or running motion. Data collected this way can be shared with the Galaxy S phone line's S-Health software. The company will also offer a version of the standard Gear S2 with a 3G radio and a slightly beefier 300-mAh battery. All of these watches have IP68 dust and water resistance certification, so your sweaty wrists won't kill them.
Samsung has not yet announced pricing or a release date for the Gear S2 or the Gear S2 Classic. The company will show off its latest wearables at Tempodrum in Berlin on September 3.
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