Samsung officially unveils Gear S2 with modern design, and S2 Classic for more traditional tastes


After months of rumors and Samsung teasing their new round smartwatch back during their Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge Plus event, the Samsung Gear S2 is finally official. The craziest part is it turns out there will be two versions of the S2, with slightly different styles — the regular Samsung Gear S2 and Samsung Gear S2 Classic. Both watches feature round 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) circular AMOLED displays along with physical rotating bezels and home/back buttons.

Samsung Gear S2

Because a smartwatch is just as much a fashion accessory as it is a device, Samsung says the S2 Classic — which is only available in black — is for those who prefer a more “timeless watch design” and comes with matching genuine leather band. The regular S2 is definitely more modern looking, with a sleek minimal design and comes in dark gray watch and strap, or silver watch with white strap.

Samsung Gear S2 Classic

Inside, the watches are powered by a 1-GHz dual-core processor powered by Tizen OS (no surprise there). Samsung says these 2 components are optimized to provide between 2-3 days of battery life in a single charge. Also on board is a NFC for mobile payments and wireless charging, all in form factor only 11.4mm thin. Samsung also mentions that there will also be a Gear S2 with 3G connectivity with first-ever e-SIM for making voice calls directly on the watch.

Although pricing and availability wasn’t revealed, both of the watches will be available for viewing during this year’s IFA on September 3rd so be on the lookout.



Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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