The Korean tech giant has just released details about its latest smartwatch, Samsung Gear S2, which promises a multitude of new features and an extended battery life of 2-3 days.
The company had been silent on its new product since the initial debut at IFA Berlin. Gear S2 is Samsung’s first smartwatch to come out in 2015 which is surprising in itself given the company’s predilection to launch products in a stream. The 2015 has certainly been a bumper year for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones with 5 models already in the market.
The Gear S2 features a durable stainless steel body with a customizable watch face and straps. The 1.2 inch circular display packs 302 pixels for a 360×360 resolution. However, the feature that is most likely to kick the Gear S2 into the high stake games is the battery life of 2-3 days which is hard to beat.
The surprise was the announcement of two different models, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, through which Samsung hopes to attract more potential customers. The Gear S2 has a minimalist design which appeals to users on the go, while the Gear S2 Classic follows a more traditional design.
Samsung was on top of the Smartwatch Industry in 2013, with a market share of 34%. Apple’s entry into the game knocked the electronics giant off the board for a while. With Android wear now compatible with iPhones, Samsung will have to kick-start its compatibility issues, though given past history, the Gear S2 is likely to be compatible only with the latest Samsung smartphones and will feature built-in apps. The company has offered no information on third party apps beyond stating that they are working with external partners to expand the options.