Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch officially unveiled

Samsung has finally announced its Gear S2 smartwatch, ahead of the IFA 2015 tech show, which kicks off this week.

The round-faced smartwatch, which the company has been officially previewing for months, has arrived in two guises; the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic.

The Gear S2 has a silver case and is designed for on-the-go users who “have an admiration for minimal and modern design.”

Meanwhile, the Gear S2 classic is aimed at folks who prefer a “timeless watch design,” by offering a black finish with a matching leather strap.

They arrive with a unique rotating bezel that will make it easier for users to access apps and notifications without tapping on the touchscreen. The company says a host of apps have already been optimised for the experience.

The Tizen OS-powered devices are 11.4mm thin and have a 1.2-inch circular 360×360 display with a pixel density of 302ppi.

There’s also a 1GHz dual core processor doing the heavy lifting and, most notably, a wireless charging 250mAh battery that Samsung claims will last for 2-3 days. There’s 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

In terms of connectivity there’s NFC for mobile payments through Samsung Pay, Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. There’s also the option to buy a 3G-enabled version of the device.

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Sensor wise it has an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor and ambient light sensor, as well as a barometer.

The firm is yet to make any announcements on pricing and availability.

Samsung will be offering a full hands on at the IFA tech show from Thursday September 3. TrustedReviews will be in Berlin to give you the early verdict on Samsung’s most important and impressive looking smartphone yet.

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