Apple Watch has been selling unchallenged by its biggest nemesis Samsung for several weeks now, but all that is about to change as the south Korean manufacturer has officially announced Gear S2, a circular smartwatch running Samsung’s own Tizen OS.
Had Samsung gone with Android Wear OS, the watch would have worked even with iOS devices, thus giving Apple Watch direct competition, but use of Tizen has allowed Samsung to incorporate an slick feature which we are looking forward to.
You can rotate the circular bezels on Gear S2 to interact with the software! This is a cool digital crown alternative, which might even work better than Apple’s offering as it would be easier to operate due to its scaled size.
The Gear S2 will be available in 2 variants: Classic and Stadard. “Samsung designed the Gear S2 to appeal to two distinct consumer preferences. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design, offering an elegant Black finish with a matching genuine leather band. The Gear S2 is ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design,”elaborates Samsung in the official press statement.
As expected, Samsung Gealr S2 can also track your fitness data. Gear S2 also supports 3G, which enables it to stay connected without being paired with your phone. The watch is IP68 dust and water resistant certified, which means you don’t have to worry about accidental splashes or wearing it in rain.
Talking of Specs, Gear S2 includes 1.2-inch, 302ppi AMOLED display, 1GHz dual core processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluethooth, NFC , and a heart rate sensor. Presence of NFC will aid mobile payments, but we don’t expect that to be of any use to Indian consumers anytime soon. Samsung also claims that the battery will last for 2 to 3 days, which is considerably more than Apple watch (if true).