Samsung’s next generation of smartwatches -- Gear S2 -- will come with a circular bezel control in contrast to Apple Watch’s crown.
The move can be seen as a strategy by the Korean electronics major to introduce an easier and better user interface and experience to grab some shares from rival Apple in the wearable market. Although, Samsung has still not launched the iOS compatible version of the Gear S2, the announcements made by Samsung hint towards a possible launch of a iOS compatible Gear S2 soon.
The circular bezel helps to read and scroll through messages and mails, change apps, reply to messages, zoom into apps or play the next track among other things.
The new Gear S2 will come in two variants -- Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic -- priced at Rs. 23,400 and Rs. 25, 800 respectively. The device will start retailing on Thurday on all Samsung retail outlets and exclusively on Flipkart.
The new smartwatch from Samsung sports a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360x360 and pixel density of 302 ppi. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The Gear S2, which runs on Tizen’s wearable OS, draws power from a 250 mAH battery and is dust and water resistant. The S2, which also has a power saving mode, runs on a a dual-core processor coupled with a 512 MB RAM unit. IT has 4GB of internal memory and connectivity options like NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi are also available.
“The Gear S2 has been designed to be an all day companion. Not only does it track activity or fitness, it lets you answer calls, read updates from social media and mails,” Manu Jain, director of product marketing, Samsung India, said adding that the watch was also capable of storing and playing music on its own which could bring down the dependence of a smartphone during exercise or games.
The Gear S2, which comes with a heart rate monitor and the S health app, can also track several games like Tennis and tell the user all kinds of details like number of strokes among other things.
Samsung has also tied up with an Indian app called Obino which can accurately calculate calories in Indian foods. It also allows users to download third party apps like Nike+ to monitor lifestyle or calculate runs.