Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches were announced couple of days back, ahead of IFA 2015. Yesterday, the official launch event took place in Berlin and the company has confirmed that these watches will work with Android devices running on Android 4.4 KitKat or later and has to come with at least 1.5GB of RAM.
Earlier Gear S smartwatches running on Tizen OS did not work outside of select Samsung devices and its good to see Samsung making it compatible with other Android devices, however, it is still not compatible with iPhones, like the other smartwatches powered by Android Wear. Moving on to the main topic of discussion, the company did not reveal the pricing at the event, but they have confirmed the pricing of Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic for some European markets to SammyHub.
The Samsung Gear S2 will cost €349 (US $389 / INR Rs 25,850 approximately) and the Gear S2 Classic will set you back by €399 (US $445 / INR Rs 29,550 approximately) in Finland. Coming to Denmark, it will cost 2,599 kr for the Gear S2 and 2,999 kr for the Gear S2 Classic. It goes on sale by October in both the countries but there is no information about global roll out yet.
Samsung Gear S2 / Gear S2 Classic / Gear S2 3G Specifications
The Samsung Gear S2 features a 1.2-inch (360 x 360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 302 ppi. In case of Gear S2 and S2 Classic, they are powered by a dual-core Exynos 3250 processor whereas the Gear S2 3G is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It has 512 MB of RAM and comes with 4 GB of internal memory which is not expandable via microSD card. It runs on Tizen based wearable platform that is developed by Samsung.
These smartwatches come with Home and Back buttons to access notifications and apps easily. They also have a rotating bezel. In case of Gear S2, it comes with a silicone band that looks modern and gives a minimal look whereas the Gear S2 Classic comes with a genuine leather band, which compliments it with a Black finish to give it a more premium look. The company has also partnered with others to offer many watch faces and third-party watch bands.
All the variants of the Gear S2 smartwatch has IP67 certification which makes them dust and water-resistant. On the connectivity front, they come with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC for mobile payments. In case of Gear S2 3G, it has 2G, 3G and ability to call via the watch using a SIM card. These smartwatches also come with loads of sensors including – Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate monitor, Ambient Light and Barometer.
The Gear S2 and Classic packs in a 250 mAh Li-ion battery under the hood whereas the Gear S2 3G has a 300 mAh Li-ion battery. All of them supports wireless charging. The Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 3G is available in Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band. The Gear S2 Classic comes in Black case with a Leather band.