Samsung officially unveils the Gear S2 smartwatch

Samsung Gear S2 classic

Today has been a day for smartwatches, apparently, as Samsung has officially unveiled its newest wearable, following the announcement from Google that Android Wear is now supported by the iPhone.

The Gear S2 is a bit different than those Android Wear wearables, though, because it’s running Tizen, Samsung’s proprietary operating system, instead of Android Wear. However, that important distinction also means something else: It’s likely that the Gear S2 will only work with a few of Samsung’s own smartphones, but that could change as Samsung hasn’t officially announced which devices it will be able to pair with just yet.

A lot of the important details are still missing for Samsung’s latest wearable, which is very distinctly quite round and comes in a variety of options, like the pricing or release date. However, here is what we know, by way of The Verge, so far:

It will come in two varieties: the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic, and Samsung says the classic variant is aiming for wearers that “prefer more timeless watch design.” That means future owners can expect to wear a smartwatch with a black finish on the case, and feature a matching black leather band. The regular Gear S2 will feature a silver case with a white band, or a dark gray case with a gray band. For what it’s worth, Samsung says these options can be swapped out, too.

As far as specifications go, the Gear S2 boasts a 1.2-inch circular display, which has a resolution of 360 x 360. Around that display is a rotating bezel, which is one of the primary control functions. There are a pair of buttons to, one for Back and the other for Home, which is meant to help with notification handling. Samsung says battery life ranges from two to three days, but obviously tests in the real world will shed more light on that. And, finally, there is NFC built into the Gear S2, which Samsung says will make it capable of mobile payments, but didn’t venture to say whether that means just Samsung Pay, or if it will support for other mobile payment options, too (like Android Pay).

As far as a release date or pricing goes, that’s still unknown at this point, but those details should come soon enough.

What do you think of Samsung’s Gear S2, the company’s response to the Apple Watch?

[via The Verge]