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Samsung to launch the latest Gear S2 in India on Thursday

gadgets Updated: Jan 20, 2016 15:23 IST
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Samsung to launch the latest Gear S2 smartwatch in India on Thursday, the first wearable from the company sporting a circular dial.(Samsung)

Samsung is all set to launch its Gear S2 smartwatch in India, according to a media invite for a launch event to be held in Gurgaon the tagline for which reads “Witness progressive innovation.”

The Gear S2 was initially unveiled back in September at the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin, and has already been launched in other international markets. It marks the first smartwatch from the Korean manufacturer sporting a circular dial. Samsung touts that the rotating bezel will give users the ability to quickly access their information and switch quickly between apps. The wearable also features the Home and Back buttons.

The Gear S2 comes in three variants which include the standard Gear S2, the Gear S2 Classic and the Gear S2 3G. In terms of specifications, the smartwatch features a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360x360 pixels, a dual-core 1GHz processor bundled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. While juicing up the smartwatch would be a 250mAh battery which can offer 2-3 days of normal usage. The smartwatch also gets a slew of sensors which include accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate, ambient light, and barometer. In addition, it also gets IP68- certification implying it’ll be resistant to water and dust.

All three variants of the smartwatch are more or less similar, except that the 3G variant comes with a slightly beefier 300 mAh battery along with an added GPS sensor. While the key difference among the standard and classic variant is that latter gets a black case with a leather band, and the standard comes with a dark gray case sporting a mataching band and a silver case with a white band.

Apart from the Gear S2 smartwatch, Samsung is also rumored to announce the Gear VR headset which is only compatible to work with its top end Galaxy range such as Galaxy Note 4, Note 5 and S6 Edge+. The Gear S2 will be compatible with Android devices running Android 4.4 and above with more than 1.5GB of RAM. Samsung recently also said the smartwatch will soon be compatible with iOS devices as well.