Samsung today announces that its new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches will launch in the United States starting Friday, October 2 across retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Macy's. Users will be able to go hands-on with the Gear S2 at Best Buy and Macy's when it releases, and again on October 16.
The Gear S2 smartwatches sport a 1.2" circular AMOLED face with a pixel density of 302ppi and 360x360 resolution. A 1GHz dual-core processor makes the watches tick, accompanied by 512MB of RAM and 4GB onboard memory. Tizen OS powers the wearable's software. Battery life is a big concern for smartwatches, but Samsung affirms the Gear S2's 250mAh battery can last up to 2-3 days with typical usage.
What makes the Gear S2 unique is its rotating bezel, which matches the functionality of an iWatch crown. Users simply turn the bezel facing left and right to navigate menus and the like, while tapping the touchscreen for activation. What's more is the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic aren't locked to Samsung devices, and can be synchronized to any Android phone running Android 4.4 or above. This provides a great deal of flexibility for users who still enjoy their Nexus devices.
The wearables are designed for a number of practical uses like checking and sending email, scheduling events and alarms, browsing live news feeds and much more. Integrated accelerometer, gyroscope and heart-rate monitor provide fitness app tracking for health aficionados. Samsung boasts that over 1,000 apps will be supported on the Gear S2. Integrated Wi-Fi support (802.11 b/g/n bands) is also included.
The Samsung Gear S2 will cost $299 with the Gear S2 Classic running $349.99, and both will be available in a galaxy of colors and custom bands in the U.S. starting October 2.