Samsung Announces the Gear S2 Smartwatch

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Announces the Gear S2 Smartwatch

The announcement of the new Gear S2 this week in Seoul has shown the wearable giant is back.

Now the next addition to the wearable saga is here: the Gear S2.

The smartwatch will come in two flavours: the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic. The S2 Classic is for users looking for a timeless design and comes in an elegant black finish. The S2 standard is for those on-the-go and looking for a modern, minimalist design.

For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market. JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business.

The following features come on both models:

High Clarity Screen

A 1.2inch circular screen offers 360x360 (302 ppi) resolution delivering clear images.


Task Ready Processor

Dual Core 1.0GHz processor with Tizen OS ensure tasks are performed easily and efficiently.


Fitness Tracking

A 24hour activity log keeps track of your daily progress and sends reminders so you stay on track.


NFC Technology

Mobile payments with Samsung Pay are supported through Near Field Communication. Samsung is also working with partners for future support of smart keys and remote controls.


Wireless Charging

Wireless charging is supported with a battery life of up to two days.


S2 and S2 Classic Tech Specs

Display: 1.2inch, Circular Super AMOLED, 360×360, 302ppi

Processor: Dual core 1.0 GHz

OS: Tizen based wearable platform

Audio Codec: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Memory: 4GB Internal Memory / RAM: 512MB

Communications: Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Email, Preset text, Voice Input, Emoticons, Keypads

Health & Fitness: S Health, Nike+ Running

Information: Schedule, News, Maps & Navigation, Weather

Media: Music Player, Gallery

Others: Voice, Voice Memo, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode, Safety assistance, Privacy lock, IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant

Samsung Services: Samsung Gear Apps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.1, NFC

Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer

Dimension: Gear S2 : 42.3×49.8×11.4mm (47g), Gear S2 classic : 39.9×43.6×11.4mm (42g)

Battery: Wireless Charging, 250mAh Li-ion, Typical Usage 2~3days

The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s most progressive innovation. It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout—and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun,” JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business.

The announcement of the Samsung Gear S2 is a sign of the continuing trend towards wearables. For more on this topic, including the launch of Apple’s first smartwatch this year, check out our articles “Apple Watch: The First Modern Smartwatch” and “Wearables and the Threat to Corporate Security”.