Samsung announces New Circular Gear S2 Smartwatch
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Samsung Gear S2

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South Korean based electronics giant Samsung on Monday unveiled its newest smartwatch, the Gear S2, which is the company's first watch that includes a circular face instead of one that's square or rectangular.

Positioned as Samsung's seventh smart watch release, the Gear S2 will be sold in three variations: standard, Classic and 3G.

All variants of the Gear S2 watch have the same essential specs. The device is 11.4 milli meter thick and includes a 1.2-inch diameter touch display with a 360×360-pixel resolution (302 pixels per inch), a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of storage space to store apps, music and other data. The device charges wirelessly, has two to three days of battery life, and includes NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity. On the battery front, the Gear S2 watches outshine the Apple Watch depending on use, but it has less storage space in comparison to the Apple Watch's 8GB.

The Gear S2 watches aren’t Android Wear watches. They will use their own operating system, Tizen, found largely in TVs and low end phones. Samsung has promised a wide range of apps designed for the new watch’s circular display, but it didn’t provide details. The company said that the new apps will be formally announced on Thursday at the IFA tech show.

The Gear S2 standard will be available in two color options, dark gray case with a matching rubber band and a silver case with a white rubber band. The Classic version includes a black case with a black leather band that can be swappable, but it is not clear if the Gear S2 uses a proprietary design or standard watch bands. The Gear S2 3G is the same watch as the standard model, but it’ll connect to 3G cellular networks.

 The Gear S2 will have apps tailored to its circular face, including a Nike+ Running app. Samsung also has fitness app of its own, S Health, as well as apps created for calendars, maps, news, weather and music playback. S Voice, Samsung’s digital assistant competitor to Siri and Google Now, will also be found on the Gear S2 to answer web search questions, and to schedule alarms and calendar appointments.

Samsung has also not revealed how much the Gear S2 will cost or when it’ll go on sale, but the company said in an email that more details will be provided at the IFA electronics show in Berlin on Thursday.

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