News by admin on Monday September 07, 2015.
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Samsung announced its new range of Gear S2 smartwatches, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, last week. The devices are the Korean company's first to come with a round face and feature a turning bezel that can be used for navigation.Announced prior to IFA and then showed off at the expo in Berlin, but Samsung did not reveal when the products would be available or how much it would cost. That is now out of the bag as the company has officially revealed those all-important details. This interesting new smartwatch will start at $349 in the United States, which is competitive against other premium wearables like the Apple Watch, Huawei Watch, and Moto 360 2015. Samsung Germany revealed the prices as: Samsung Gear S2 price: ?379 in Germany (expected to be ?349 in other markets, retail price in the US expected to be $349) Samsung Gear S2 release date: October 2015 Samsung Gear S2 3G price: not announced yet Samsung Gear S2 3G release date: after Gear S2 Samsung Gear S2 Classic price: ?449 in Germany Samsung Gear S2 Classic release date: October 2015
In many ways, this is Samsung's response to many other wearables that have been released by its rivals. While not a direct take on the Apple Watch, Samsung has opted to offer both a sporty (Gear S2) and premium version (Gear S2 Classic), while the round faced design, a first for Samsung, is an answer to the likes of Huawei, Motorola, and LG. Does the Gear S2 in its various guises match up to any of those rivals' wearables? Only time will really tell, but on first impressions it is a well-crafted smartwatch that seems to have the same drawbacks as always. That means while the Korean company's new product is good, it is still not a must have accessory unless you particularly want a smartwatch, although that is not a problem that is unique to Samsung. The slick looking design will certainly appeal to those who want their smartwatch to look like a traditional timepiece, and unlike the LG G Watch R, the Gear S2's bezel actually works. In fact, it is Samsung's original rival to the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch and the bezel can be turned to control the Gear S2. The sporty Gear S2 comes with a rubberized band, while the Classic features a premium leather strap, while both versions feature Samsung's own Tizen operating system. That's not a surprise, the company switched its wearables to the software last year and save for the occasional Android Wear foray Tizen will be the OS on all Samsung's smartwatches from now on. That could well be a deal breaker for some, not least because it means you have to have a Samsung smartphone to operate the wearable. Tizen is also lacking apps, something the company readily admits, so that is definitely something you need to consider before jumping into the Gear S2. However, Samsung has plenty of clout in the industry, so expect Tizen to grow and misgivings to slowly slip away. As for key specifications, the Gear S2 does not tread too far away from any other wearable we have seen before, and we cannot help but think until a company really changes the game in terms of specs and offers something unique, the wearable market will continue to be niche. Like the Apple Watch, the Gear S2 is a significant step in the right direction, but it is not a game changing product.