Samsung has finally launched the Samsung Gear S2 at IFA in Berlin. It runs on Tizen OS, is it good ? Let’s find out.
Samsung Gear S2 comes full circle with a durable stainless steel body that sits slim and sleek on your wrist. The high-end Tizen OS wearable device with rotating bezel and IP68 rating will be on display during IFA in Berlin in two different variants, yes two variants – Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic. Also Samsung has ditched the “Galaxy” naming.
Samsung Gear S2 Classic features a black finish with a matching leather band, so it’s being positioned to take on high-end Android Wear options and other high end watches (Apple Watch too)
The regular model will be available in a dark gray case with gray band or in silver with a white band. Samsung also says that he packaged options can easily be swapped for different style of bands.
The Gear S2’s 1.2-inch circular display has a resolution of 360 x 360 and is surrounded by a rotating bezel. That’s one way you’ll control it, and there are also home and back buttons meant to make dealing with notifications on your wrist less annoying. NFC is built in, with Samsung claiming it’ll eventually be able to make mobile payments – presumably through Samsung Pay, but there’s no confirmation of that just yet.
Samsung is promising battery life ranging between two and three days. Physical measures of Samsung Gear S2 are 42.3 × 49.8 × 11.4mm, while its weight tips the scale at 47 grams. The classic model is a tad more elegant with measures of 39.9 × 43.6 × 11.4mm and a weight of 42 grams.
|Processor||1GHz dual-core Exynos 3250 CPU|
|Display||360 x 360 pixels (302 ppi).|
|WiFi||Yes (802.11 b/g/n)|
There’s one big downside: the Gear S2 won’t have access to Android Wear’s growing collection of third-party apps. Beyond the built-in apps, Samsung will only say that it’s working with developers to expand the ecosystem of what’s available on Tizen; obviously it’s a long way behind Android Wear and the Apple Watch in terms of selection.