The South Korean-based electronics giant at Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 media event has kicked off an unexpected surprise at the party. Samsung after announcing two new phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ has just teased us with its next-gen circular smartwatch; the Gear S2, and it’s nothing like its predecessor.
It is admitted that smart wearable market is evidently becoming increasingly crowded with Apple Watch sales followed by a number of Android Wear models. In a complete revamp of the Gear S line of smartwatches, Samsung has introduced a more traditional looking watch with a circular appearance insted of the usual curved rectangular shape that the company had been persisting with for its earlier smartwatches.
Full unveil ofthe Gear S2 is scheduled for IFA in Berlin early next month where Samsung will give us a detailed look at what exactly is this watch capable of doing but if today’s teaser is anything to go by, it seems like Samsung thinking has gone with metal construction this time to give it a more premium feel.
It will run on Tizen-based wearable OS. Construction aprt, what is right now apparent is the user interface which looks very familiar to Apple’s watchOS home screen on the Apple Watch, as can be seen in the image above. The Gear S2 seems to run on Samsung’s proprietary Tizen OS just like the original Gear S, and not the Google powered Android Wear. That we already tipped.
Specs-wise, Samsung didn’t give details today, if rumors are to be believed, Gear S2 will sport a 360×360 resolution Super AMOLED displayand will be pwered by 1.2GHz Exynos 3472 dual-core CPU, paired with a chunky 768MB of RAM and battery it goes with 250 mAh capacity. Codenamed Orbis is expected to come with built-in SIM support for 3G and voice calling capabilities similar to the Gear S. Still got S voice, Phone dialer, Message, Nike+, S Health etc. Samsung also shows up Hear Rate sensor on the smartwatch in the video.
The smartwath is also said to feature a rotating bezel for navigating around the interface, similar to how Digital Crown works on Apple Watch. Indeed, we won’t have to wait that long to get our hands on the full details as the watch is set to be fully unveiled on the 3rd of September at IFA 2015 in Berlin.
Check out the Gear S2 teaser from Samsung Unpacked event today:
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