Samsung’s Gear S2 comes full circle with a durable stainless steel body that sits slim and sleek on your wrist. Customizing the watch face and changing watch bands is so easy, it’s a device for all occasions.
The device will be available in two distinct models, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic, the latter of which features a design language familiar to traditional watch owners. The standout feature for both versions is a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED display touting a 360 pixel-by-360 pixel resolution, packing in 302 pixels per inch.
Samsung developed a custom user interface based on its Tizen platform to take advantage of the round display. Of note, users will be able to navigate apps and system menus using a rotating bezel mechanism along with physical pushbuttons for home and back commands.
A dual-core SoC clocked at 1.0 GHz powers the Gear S2, while other hardware niceties include 4GB of onboard storage, 512MB of RAM, an option to connect to 3G networks via e-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC. Samsung expects the device to last anywhere from two to three days on a single charge from the included wireless charger.
Taking a cue from Apple, Samsung built a suite of fitness capabilities into its latest wearable device, including a heart rate monitor and a 24-hour activity log tied into a notifications system to help keep users motivated. Connectivity with Samsung’s proprietary S Health software is augmented by support for Nike+ Running.
Things you need most from your smartphone are available with a simple twist on Gear S2. Gently turn the Bezel to scroll through long emails, zoom into a map and play the next track. Life keeps getting better with every turn.
Taking charge of your health is easy with Gear S2. Track your daily activity levels, heart rate and water vs. caffeine intake. Continue to stay fit with timely motivational messages.
On the software side, Samsung offers up its usual selection of “S” apps, including support for the upcoming Samsung Pay mobile payments platform.
With enough space to store 300 songs synced seamlessly from your phone, your favorite playlists go where you go. Even when you leave your phone at home to go for a run. Gear S2 and Level U Bluetooth headphones are all you need.
The Samsung Gear S2 release date is set for early October in the US, although no specific date is given. The Samsung Gear S2 price is as yet unknown, but we’ll update this review as soon as we hear anything official. The 3G version of the Gear S2 will be available on Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular, with more carriers possibly to come.