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Samsung Introduces New Smartwatch Gear S2

Are you looking for a smartwatch that you can wear without actually broadcasting to everybody that you’re wearing a smartwatch? Check out the recently announced Gear S2. Moving away from the boxy smartwatch designs we’ve seen from the likes of Apple and Pebble, Samsung chose to stick to a classic circular face. The new smartwatch will be available in two models, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic.

The Gear S2 features a sleek futuristic look with its clean display and thinner, sportier band, while the classic will feature a more traditional watch design with a leather strap and numeric dial instead. The classic version is also great for those who don’t want to loudly advertise the fact that they’re wearing a smartwatch.

Users will be able to navigate the custom interface based on its Tizen platform by using the rotating bezel in combination with physical buttons for back and home commands. This will provide a more comfortable way to navigate throughout the watch’s apps and features similar to the crown on the Apple Watch.

The Gear S2 features a 1.2 inch circular screen display with 360 pixel-by-360 pixel resolution. While it’s rather small from a display standpoint, the physical buttons should allow for superior navigation ability.The battery will support 2-3 days of use and is charged wirelessly with it’s included charging dock. This is pretty average among smartwatches, especially when compared to the 7 days of battery life boasted by the Pebble Time.

Samsung has equipped the smartwatch with fitness capabilities such as constant activity logging, a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking feature and support for apps, such as Nike+ Running. They decided to allow for more integration with developers by moving away from having the software be entirely Android based like previous models from Samsung. Included are Samsung’s “S” apps and it will support the upcoming Samsung Pay mobile payment platform.

More details about the watch will be released on September 3rd at Samsung’s showcase in Berlin.


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