After briefing mentioning it at their Galaxy Unpacked event earlier this month, Samsung has officially announced the Gear S2 smartwatch at IFA 2015 this week.
Powered by Samsung’s Tizen OS, the Gear S2 features a round design and will be available in two variants. The first is the regular S2 that comes in grey or silver and the second is the Gear S2 Classic, which is aimed for those who want more of a basic watch design and features a black finish with a matching leather band.
Both models of the S2 also have a round, 1.2 inch circular display with 260 x 360 pixel resolution, 1.0GHz dual-core processor and a 200mAh battery, which is claimed to last 2-3 days of a single charge. It is also 11.4 millimetres thin and features NFC inside for mobile payments as well as other features in the future.
There will also be a 3G version of the Gear S2 available, allowing users to go untethered if they want.
Samsung has said that they have worked with a number of third-party developers and partners to release a number of optimised app for the S2’s round interface at launch, there will also be a number of third-party watch faces and bands available.
As of yet Samsung hasn’t revealed a release date or price for the Gear S2, but they have revealed that the regular version will be available in a dark grey case with a dark grey band, or in a silver case with a white band.
The Gear S2 Classic will only be available in a black case with a matching black leather band.