After plenty of teasing and a brief mention at its Galaxy unpacked event earlier this month, Samsung has officially announced the Gear S2, its round Tizen-powered smartwatch. Though pricing and release details weren't mentioned, Samsung has revealed the the smartwatch will come in two variants: the regular Gear S2, and the Gear S2 Classic which is aimed at those who "prefer a more timeless watch design, offering an elegant Black finish with a matching genuine leather band."
The Gear S2 features a round, 1.2-inch circular display with a resolution of 360x360. Samsung says the watch is 11.4 millimeters thin and also packs a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 300 mAh battery, which the company says will support 2-3 days of battery life. Even better, the Gear S2 sports NFC inside for mobile payments, and Samsung says it is working with partners to expand the utility of the smartwatch in new ways, "including smart car keys, residential room keys, and remote controls to manage a connected home." Also on tap is a 3G version of the Gear S2, which should enable you to go untethered if you so desire.
Samsung is also touting its work with third-party partners and developers, noting that a number of apps optimized for the Gear S2's round interface will be available at launch. It also sounds like there will be a decent variety of third-party watch faces and watch bands on offer, so you shouldn't have trouble finding options to match your style.
Samsung hasn't given a release date or price for the Gear S2 yet, but it says that the regular version of the smartwatch will be available in either a dark gray case with dark gray band, or a silver case with a white band. The Gear S2 Classic, on the other hand, will come in just one model with a black case and matching black leather band. Samsung will be showing off the Gear S2 at IFA this week, and we'll be there to give you our hands-on impressions, so keep it locked to Android Central for more in the coming days.
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